HIDALGO, Texas — Mexican nationals, desperate to give their children opportunities to achieve a more prosperous life are paying to have their children smuggled across the border.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, a McAllen, Texas woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle a 5-year-old boy across the Hidalgo International Bridge. “CBP Field Operations takes smuggling of persons very seriously,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “People must realize that there are consequences for this type of illicit activity, especially when they involve children.”
The 26-year-old woman arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge pedestrian walkway with the child. She claimed that they were both U.S. Citizens and showed her State of Texas Identification Card. In addition, she presented U.S. Birth Certificates for her and the boy. The pair was sent to secondary for further inspection where it was learned that the woman and the boy were not related.
It was also determined that the birth certificate presented for the child did not belong to him, a Mexican citizen.The woman was arrested and CBP officials did not yet say where the boy was taken.
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