Alleged Child Smuggler Foiled by CBP
(TargetLiberty.org) – Human smuggling is a serious problem across the world. It’s especially bad at the US-Mexico border. Coyotes, often connected to drug cartels, make billions smuggling people into the country; sometimes, those victims die along the way. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently stopped one of these criminals in his tracks.
On October 4, CBP released a bulletin about its agents foiling a child smuggling operation at the Hidalgo International Bridge. According to the press release, a 50-year-old US citizen was traveling from Mexico to America on foot with two young girls. He presented agents with US birth certificates and said the girls were his cousins. The CBP officers investigated and found out the children were not American and didn’t have valid documents.
Agents arrested the man and processed the children as unaccompanied minors. They were turned over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
.@DFOLaredo #CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge uncover an alleged child smuggling attempt involving two minors. A 50-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested. Read more: https://t.co/cDN1BeFLaF pic.twitter.com/5Hc7LwvR2L
— CBP South Texas (@CBPSouthTexas) October 4, 2022
Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said officers were able to stop the smuggler “thanks to their experience and excellent interview skills.”
More than 2 million migrants crossed the border in the fiscal year 2022. Border Patrol agents are doing an incredible job arresting the people who aren’t entering legally. Sometimes it means they are in the right place at the right time to save children.
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