Pharr woman caught smuggling Salvadoran girl
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 16:39:15 GMT —
A Pharr woman was arrested for attempting to cross an undocumented girl across the border.
The 31-year-old woman was at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Thursday evening when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers caught her.
The woman showed her U.S. passport and presented CBP officers with a U.S. birth certificate, claiming that the 9-year-old was her daughter.
When they were sent to a secondary inspection, a CBP officer noticed inconsistencies with the woman TMs story about their relationship and travel purposes.
Officers discovered that the 9-year-old is a citizen of El Salvador and not related to the woman.
The 31-year-old was incarcerated and pending appearance before a U.S. Federal Magistrate.
The girl was released to U.S. Health and Human Service where she is temporarily being housed.