Associated Press – Woman Accused of Getting Passport Illegally

A woman accused of entering the United States illegally used her U.S. passport 89 times before federal agents detained her on her way back from Matamoros, Mexico, in mid-September, her attorney said.

Maria Teresa Payan de Castillo, who obtained notarized statements from witnesses of her delivery at home in the United States by a midwife, was approved for the passport four years ago and assumed her quest for citizenship was over, The Brownsville Herald reported in Monday editions.

“The State Department saw sufficient proof to provide her a passport,” attorney Juan Magallanes said. “How is it that they’re detaining her when her passport is valid and approved by the government?”

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