San Antonio Station
5000 N.W. Industrial Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78238
Phone: (210) 521-7926
Fax: (210) 472-4213
The San Antonio Border Patrol Station, located at 5000 N.W. Industrial Drive in San Antonio, Texas, opened for operations on September 25, 1988. The San Antonio Station's mission, staffing and resources have remained fairly constant over the years.
The San Antonio Station serves as a back-up station for the Laredo Sector line stations. Agents support the National Border Patrol Strategy by patrolling the freight yards and interstate highways, checking commercial transportation lines, and detecting and apprehending potential terrorists and their weapons of mass destruction. As part of their daily duties, agents perform freight train and transportation checks, and they assist other law enforcement agencies, as needed.
Area of Responsibility
The San Antonio Station's geographical area of responsibility (AOR) has grown. It consists of 19 counties in central and eastern Texas and includes the major population centers of San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The station's southern AOR includes Medina, Bexar, Guadalupe, and Gonzalez counties. The station's northern AOR includes Kerr, Gillespie, Blanco, Bell, Milam, Brazos, Grimes, Montgomery, Liberty, Hardin and Orange counties. The station's western AOR includes Medina, Bandera, Kerr, and Gillespie counties, which comprise a total geographical area of approximately 18,000 square miles.
Austin, the state capitol, and San Antonio attract thousands of undocumented aliens annually with their vast industrial centers, supporting services, and construction entities.
San Antonio is the hub for undocumented aliens seeking to go further into the interior of the United States. Undocumented aliens from Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Laredo, and McAllen routinely use Interstate Highway 10 to travel to Houston, Austin, and Dallas. The Union Pacific Railroad has tracks from the south and west that pass through the area and the trains are often targeted for use as free transportation by illegal aliens.
The San Antonio Station's AOR is diverse and ranges from densely populated urban areas to scattered isolated farms. Additionally, San Antonio is home to some of the largest military bases in the Nation with hundreds of flights departing daily from the San Antonio International Airport.