A 21-year-old man, Baltazar Almicar Nolasco Pascual of Guatemala was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry. Pascual was using another person’s birth certificate in an attempt to enter the country as an unaccompanied alien child.
Pascual, a pregnant female seeking asylum, and others seeking entry were being escorted from Mexico to the U.S. by members of a non-governmental organization at the Paso Del Norte crossing October 14.
The pregnant female and unaccompanied alien child (UAC) were escorted for processing. Further queries revealed the UAC was actually a 21-year old male fraudulently utilizing his minor cousin’s Guatemalan birth certificate. The subject will be prosecuted under 8 USC 1325 (a) (3) – False or Misleading Representation.
“CBP will maintain its vital homeland security mission at all times. CBP officers are vigilant and thorough in their document exams,” said Ray Provencio, CBP El Paso acting Port Director. “History has proven that people will attempt to utilize any method they can to enter our nation in a fraudulent manner. We strongly encourage those who want to support those seeking entry to be vigilant that those they support aren’t attempting to circumvent U.S. laws.”
Pascual was in possession of his younger cousins’ birth certificate at the time of attempted entry. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail. The pregnant female was processed as a credible fear applicant.