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Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Monday, April 14, 2008

CBP Officers Stop Attempted Smuggling of Six Children into Country at Nogales Port of Entry

Friday, April 11, 2008

Nogales, Ariz. – In an unusual incident Wednesday, CBP officers screening people entering the United States through the Nogales port of entry stopped an attempt at smuggling six children into the country using fraudulent documents. A 48-year-old woman is in custody in connection with the failed alien-smuggling attempt.

“We are responsible for determining admissibility for everyone coming into the country through the ports of entry,” said Port Director James Tong, “and when we see a case involving an attempt to smuggle children in, we are especially concerned for their welfare. We want to see those responsible held accountable, so we will work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to seek prosecution for those that would put these children at risk.”

The incident began at around 6 p.m. Wednesday, when a CBP officer performing routine screening questioned a 48-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora about a group of children in her vehicle. After looking at their documents and asking questions, the officer became suspicious of the situation and referred the group in for further inspection.

During the subsequent inspection of the documents and questioning of everyone, officers discovered that the documents presented for the children did not belong to them and they were not admissible into the United States.

After several unsuccessful attempts by CBP to contact family members, the children, ranging in age from 5-years-old to 13-years-old, were turned over to the Mexican Consulate in Nogales for safe return to Mexico.

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