US customs officer allegedly detained, mother, daughter, different last names

A mother and daughter were detained at the airport of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by the U.S. Customs.


A mother and daughter were detained at the airport of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by the U.S. Customs Sunday, because they are not in the same last name, the mother claims.

Sylvia Acosta and her daughter, Sybonae, were traveling back from a student holiday in Rome with Education First Tours when they were stopped by U.S. Customs at the airport, the Cut reported.


“I was asked if Sybonae was my daughter and I said yes. When she asked why, if she was my daughter I didn’t have the same last name. I told them that I already had my career and earned my phd with my last name, Acosta, so I had decided not to change,” she wrote in a Facebook post that more than 16K shares.

“Then the customs office said, maybe you should have taken your spouses last names, so that you can prove that you are her mother. I told him that I have a lot of proof she was my daughter, without having his last name. He took me to another room where they interrogate me and my daughter to prove that I am her parent,” the post continued.

Acosta and her daughter – both American citizens – were taken to another room and questioned about their relationship, she said.

“And I said,” are you serious?'” Acosta told The Cut. “And he said yes. He goes, ‘You know, we need to make sure that you are not a human trafficker.'”

Acosta was allowed to leave with her daughter 20 minutes later, but a claim to the U. S. Customs and Border Protection.

The U. S. Customs and Border Protection denied Acosta’s claims of inappropriate questions.

“U. S. Customs and Border Protection has reviewed the audio and video of the encounter between a CBP officer and a woman traveling with her daughter, and found that the video does not support the claim is reported. The audio and video evidence that there are no inappropriate questions discussed,” a spokesperson wrote in a comment on Acosta.


Under the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Acts of 2008, Customs and Border Protection agents may ask additional questions of adults traveling with minors if their relationship is not immediately adopted.

According to the ACLU, US citizens can refuse to answer questions at customs, but the immigration officials may question and search a person who arrives in the country.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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