MARFA, TEXAS—The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the port of entry in Big Bend National Park at Boquillas will be open beginning 30 days after publication of a final ruling by the Department of Homeland Security. The final ruling has been submitted to the Government Printing Office for publication.
The official crossing will provide access to Boquillas, Coahuila, as well as the protected areas of Maderas del Carmen, Ocampo and Cañon de Santa Elena in Mexico, filling a void of a long stretch of border between Presidio and Del Rio where there is currently no port of entry, and continuing to build on the already robust border security in the area.
The decision to open the state of the art border crossing is based on extensive CBP analysis, consultation with our Mexican counterparts, and is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that we continue to take steps to enhance security along our borders. The final determination is also informed by extensive and important feedback from stakeholders and the public, received during the public comment period.
The port of entry will leverage cutting-edge technologies to enhance security. Pedestrians will be able to access the port between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. No vehicles will be allowed to cross.
Individuals entering Mexico from the U.S. who expect to cross back into the U.S. via the Boquillas crossing will be required to have a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative approved document. For more information on WHTI-approved documents, visit the travel website.
Visitors entering the U.S. will do so in the U.S. National Park Service interagency facility, which will be staffed by Park Service personnel during hours of operation, including when the port of entry is open. Arriving visitors will have access to two kiosks to transmit travel document and identification information to CBP. Visitors will then be interviewed by a CBP officer via a remote link.
Security for the port and the surrounding area will be provided by U.S. National Park Service rangers and U.S. Border Patrol agents. National Park Service personnel will be on hand in the interagency facility during all hours of port operation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.