Border Patrol Stops Attempted Border Child Smuggling Involving Two Mexican Girls

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency announced on Tuesday that it broke up what appears to have been an alleged child smuggling scheme on the southern border. The investigation involved an American adult male traveling with two minor Mexican girls.

CBP Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry director Carlos Rodriguez said that officers were able to thwart the human smuggling operation “thanks to their experience and excellent interview skills.”

The investigation began earlier this month with an encounter between law enforcement officers and an American citizen traveling with two girls. He attempted to convince officers that the two children were his cousins until they reviewed the birth certificates he provided for them. Officers determined that the paperwork provided did not belong to the two girls.

The official report indicated that officers encountered the 50-year-old U.S. citizen at the Hidalgo International Bridge walking into the U.S. with the two minors. After the birth certificates were determined not to belong to the children, it was further determined that the girls were not U.S. citizens and had no valid documents allowing them entry into the country.

The CBP release indicated the man was arrested and the children were processed by agents as Mexican citizens who were classified as “unaccompanied undocumented noncitizens” and were delivered to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

Another recent CBP release indicated that agents intercepted and arrested a 68-year-old man at the Ysleta port of entry. Upon interviewing the man and conducting further investigation, CBP agents determined he had an outstanding arrest warrant for “sex abuse of child continuous – victim under 14.”

The man appears to be a legal permanent U.S. resident who was traveling from Mexico into the U.S. The outstanding arrest warrant was reported by the Dallas County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office. CBP reported that the man was held until he was turned over to the custody of the local sheriff for extradition back to Dallas County on the warrant.

As the numbers of illegal migrant crossings at the southern border continue to surge month after month, the seriously overstretched law enforcement capacity of the CBP certainly means that an unmeasurable amount of criminal activity, including human trafficking and drug smuggling, is going undetected because officers are simply overwhelmed.