They are being detained and are expected to be charged with attempting to buy or steal a child. The two week old infant has been put into protective custody by the Mexican authorities.
The 42 year old man, who is a US citizen, and his 39 year old wife, a legal resident of the US, allegedly had earlier traveled to Monterrey in order to adopt a child through normal Mexican channels. However, they had reportedly been rejected as adoptive parents because they resided in the US. The two said that they did not go through the normal US international adoption process in Texas because it was "too expensive."
The couple eventually made contact with a 21 year old woman who was from the wife's home region and who, in December, offered them a baby. The couple said that the woman was too poor to raise her child and that they merely paid the woman's childbirth expenses. They denied "buying" the baby boy.
“We thought it would be easy to do it this way, but we didn't do it in bad faith,” Ibarra told El Norte. “We wanted to do it the right way, that's why we came [to the US Consulate] to ask [for a visa for the child].”
Texas couple arrested, accused of illegal adoption in Mexico,WFAA.com, Thursday, March 1, 2007
Moral of the story: You can NOT go to Mexico and find an adoptable kid and simply apply for a visa. At least not unless you want to spend some time personally familiarizing yourself with Mexican jails, Mexican lawyers, and the Mexican justice system. And if you think that your ignorance and/or naivete will keep you out of trouble--think again...