A previously deported Honduran national attempted to illegally re-enter the United States by utilizing a six-month-old boy as a “fake” son to make a fraudulent family claim, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials allege. ICE agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) determined there was no familial relationship between the man and the little boy.
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents apprehended the man after he waded across the Rio Grande with an infant child in his arms near Hidalgo, Texas, on May 7, according to ICE. Agents said the migrant claimed the boy as his own and presented what later turned out to be a fraudulent birth certificate. Agents at the McAllen Central Processing Station became suspicious of the parent-child relationship and turned them over to HSI.
During interviews with ICE, the man identified as Amilcar Guiza-Reyes, a 51-year-old from Honduras, reportedly admitted he obtained the fraudulent birth certificate to establish a father-son relationship. He further stated he intended to use the child to “further his unlawful entry into the U.S.,” ICE officials stated.
“Cases like this demonstrate the real danger that exists to children in this disturbing new trend,” HSI Acting Executive Associate Director Alysa Erichs said in a written statement. “And while we have seen egregious cases of smugglers renting and recycling children, this case involving a six-month-old infant is a new low – and an unprecedented level of child endangerment.”
“Frankly, it’s disgusting,” Acting ICE Director Matthey T. Albence said in a phone interview with Breitbart News. “But, it’s not something that we’re surprised about, unfortunately. We’ve been saying for several years that when we talk about the humanitarian crisis on the border, it’s not just the number of family units and unaccompanied children that are coming to the border illegally, it’s a fact that, based on the laws that Congress has failed to fix, they have created an industry the smuggling and rental of children.” (Read more from “Deported Migrant Used Infant for Fake Family Claim at Border” HERE)