Speeches and Statements
Good morning, thank you all for joining us today.
I would like to announce that U. S. Customs and Border Protection beginning today, enhanced passenger processing protocols will begin for travelers entering the United States who have traveled from or through the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone here at John F. Kennedy International Airport. This is being done in coordination with our partners at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today a partnership with non-profit organizations and its plan to accept donations in support of the humanitarian situation in the Rio Grande Valley. Non-profit organizations can support the children and families in CBP facilities by donating books and blankets. For more information on how to donate, and specific item descriptions, please contact the CBP NGO Liaison at NGOLiaison@cbp.dhs.gov.
Shortly after 7:30 this morning (MST) in Arizona, two on-duty Border Patrol agents from Willcox Station were involved in a single-vehicle accident. The agents were traveling Eastbound on I-10 near Sybil Road when the accident occurred. Both agents were transported to the University Medical Center in Tucson; one via Life Flight and the other via ground ambulance.
It saddens me to report that the Border Patrol agent being transported via Life Flight – a 5-year veteran of the Border Patrol -- died enroute.
Thank you for the kind introduction. It is wonderful to be with so many people that I have known and worked with over many years. I’m delighted to speak with you today on my first trip outside of Washington since my long tenure with CBP began, 10 days ago.
Given this lengthy CBP experience, I will rely on my more knowledgeable colleagues in DHS and CBP to provide you with our updates. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher and Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition‘s Assistant Commissioner Mark Borkowski will both speak about their divisions tomorrow.
“Early yesterday morning I was notified that one of our agents may have committed a very serious and disturbing crime against three individuals, a woman and two teenage girls, near Abram, Texas. I want you to know that I consider these actions, if true, to be reprehensible and I know they are not representative of the agents of the U.S. Border Patrol. Right now, we are fully cooperating with the FBI who is conducting the investigation into these allegations and working diligently to make sure the victims are receiving the proper care and attention.