Hidalgo, Texas: U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection issued a press release on Tuesday, October 4 concerning the arrest of a 50-year-old male identified only as a U.S. citizen who is accused of attempting to smuggle two minor girls from Mexico into the U.S.
According to the release, the man and minor children were attempting to enter the country on foot by way of the Hidalgo International Bridge on Saturday, October 1.
"Our SBP officers thwarted this alleged child smuggling attempt thanks to their experience and excellent interview skills," Port Director Carlos Rodriguez stated in the release.
The man allegedly presented the girls as his cousins and provided U.S. birth certificates for them.
During the course of examination, it was determined that the birth certificates did not belong to the girls and they did not possess valid entry documents.
The unnamed man was arrested and the children were "processed as unaccompanied undocumented noncitizens" and were transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.