On Wednesday, agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in Texas discovered an adult man and woman pretending to be a father and daughter and utilizing a fake birth certificate. The man, from Honduras, said the young woman with him was his 17-year-old daughter.
But the woman admitted during the interview that she was 18, not the man’s daughter, but a friend, and the birth certificate was fake.
On July 2, the Rio Grande Valley Sector Foreign Operations Branch gave the First Lady of Honduras, Ana García Carías, and her delegation an exclusive tour of the Centralized Processing Center; they were shown processing procedures and toured the holding facility.
Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. said, “The journey from Central America is very dangerous and is controlled by the criminal element. We urge Hondurans and Central Americans to not risk their own life, or their child’s lives, attempting to make entry into the United States.”
The Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center occupies roughly 77,000 square feet; it is the first stop for immigrants detained by agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.