Ramey Sector Aguadilla Puerto Rico
Welcome to the Ramey Sector of the United States Border Patrol.
It has only one station with an area of responsibility that extends 12 miles out from the shoreline to the US territorial water limits, and includes 730-shore border miles, throughout Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
This site provides Sector-related information, including an overview of Sector operations and Sector contact information.
Thank you for visiting the Ramey Sector website.
The Ramey Border Patrol Sector is the newest of the twenty-one Sectors spread out across the United States. Encompassing the U.S. territorial islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, it is the only Border Patrol Sector located outside the continental United States. The Sector's entire border area is made up of coastline and its area of responsibility is made up of some 6,000 square miles of land and water area, including the twelve-mile band of territorial water surrounding the Islands.
History and Background
The Ramey Sector was established in 1987 to combat the rising tide of illegal aliens arriving from the Dominican Republic located some 90 miles to the west on the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Citizens and government officials alike expressed great concern in the mid-1980s to the rising tide of illegal aliens. In those days only one immigration agent from the San Juan District immigration office was tasked with processing aliens apprehended by local authorities in the western area of the island.
Since then, aliens have begun arriving from all parts of the world and use Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as a stepping stone to the U.S. mainland. A great number of all illegal aliens arriving in Puerto Rico from abroad continue to the mainland. Puerto Rico's airports are considered to be domestic airports and immigration enforcement operations are tailored accordingly.
The Sector Headquarters and the Ramey Station are co-located. They opened on Oct. 5, 1987, on a 3.3-acre site at the former Ramey Air Force Base that had been closed in 1974.
The Sector resides within and interacts harmoniously with the San Juan District immigration office and other law enforcement efforts within this region. The coastal boundary of Puerto Rico alone is a distance of 340 miles, not inclusive of the twelve-mile international water boundary. The small islands of Desecheo and Mona lie in the Mona Passage west of Puerto Rico, Mona being some 40 miles away. Mona Island's west coast actually lies closer to the Dominican Republic than its east coast does to Puerto Rico, providing an incentive for aliens, especially those from China and Cuba, to journey unhindered to its shorelines.
To the east of Puerto Rico lie the inhabited islands of Culebra and Vieques, both within the jurisdictional area of Puerto Rico. A few miles beyond them lie the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St.Croix and St. John. This area of the Sector is within a few hours' boat ride of several Caribbean nations, including St. Martin, St. Maarten, Martinique, Tortola, Dominica, St. Kitts and many others located within the Lesser Antilles island chain. The population of Puerto Rico nears four million, and an additional 100,000 residents reside in the Virgin Islands.
Ramey Sector conducts a very large maritime enforcement operation supported by an air operations unit. Other operations include linewatch, traffic check, a prosecutions unit and a Special Response Team.
Chief Patrol Agent: Xavier A. Morales
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: John T. Balkman
Service Area: The Ramey Sector covers Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Sector Headquarters Location: We are located at the former Ramey Air Force Base in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Call for visits to our office. In Puerto Rico call toll free (800) 981-1313
Stations: The Ramey Sector has one station located in Ramey, Puerto Rico.
Contact Information: Phone Number - (787) 890-4747; Sector Headquarters Mailing Address: P.O. Box 250467, Ramey, PR 00604; Physical address: 723 Belt St Aguadilla, PR 00603
Community Feedback: We strive to provide quality service to our customers. If we have not lived up to this commitment, we would like to know. If we have met or exceeded your expectations, please let us know that as well. To comment on the services provided by this office, please write to the Sector Chief Patrol Agent. If you feel you were mistreated by a Border Patrol employee or wish to make a complaint of misconduct by a Border Patrol employee, you may write to the Chief Patrol Agent.
Employment Opportunities: To obtain information about employment opportunities with the Border Patrol, you may contact this Sector and ask to speak to a recruiter at (787) 890-4747 ext. 4928. Additional recruiter contact information is provided at Locate a Border Patrol Recruiter. You will find additional information about careers with the Border Patrol in the Careers section of this Web site.
Public Affairs Office: To receive information concerning community or media-related issues, contact the Ramey Sector Public Affairs Office at (787) 890-4747 ext. 4975.
Vehicle Seizure Office: Contact the Ramey Sector at (787) 890-4747 ext. 4947 for vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries.
Border Community Liaison: Edgardo Millan at EDGARDO.M.MILAN@CBP.DHS.GOV
The coin for the Ramey Sector represents the sector and our agents. We are the "Sentinels of the Caribbean," the frontline for not only Puerto Rico but the US Virgin Islands, combating terrorism, illegal immigrants and contraband trying to enter the United States. The coin shows the American Eagle representing the strength of the United States and a palm next to the beach representing the geographical area in which we work, the Caribbean. The front side of the coin has the U.S. Border Patrol emblem on it representing the Agency and Ramey Sector below it, as you can see in the picture.