Agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are showing concern about the rate at which family fraud cases are increasing as another man who attempted to enter the US with an unrelated six-month-old baby was uncovered. 51-year old Amilcar Guiza-Reyes, national of Honduras, was charged for smuggling six-month-old baby into the US. U.S. Border Patrol observed Guiza-Reyes, a previous deportee, crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico with a baby in his hands on May 7. When interviewed, he told the patrol agents the boy is his son. He then presented a fake Honduran birth certificate, which led to a referral to HSI special agents for further investigation and interview. In the process of the further interview, Guiza-Reyes confessed the boy is not his son, stating that he hoped to use the boy to re-enter the country which made him obtain fraudulent documents to support his claim. The boy was transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services for placement. Family fraud at the border 130 personnel were recently deployed by Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) to the border as the cases of family fraud reach unprecedented frequency. The special agents deployed include victim assistance specialists, document examiners, and forensic interview specialists. Intensifying efforts against such acts, brief DNA testing pilot was conducted by HSI which the agency hope will aid its investigative processes. The pilot has already identified several cases of family fraud. 95 fraudulent families were identified by HSI between mid-April and mid-May from a total of 562 family units investigated. The agency said it would keep working to ensure children are not endangered by people who want to use them as a means to beat border agencies and will uncover criminal organizations supporting child smuggling by generating fake documents. Stay in touch and get alerts & emails directly in your inbox by subscribing to Visa Crimes Check here for our latest immigration updates, local immigration activities, emerging trends, visa news updates for Australia, Canada, US, UK, Germany and more.
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