CBP Marks 10 Year Anniversary of the Ysleta SENTRI Lane
EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is recognizing the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the Ysleta Secure Electronic Network for Traveler Rapid Inspection lanes. The Ysleta SENTRI lane opened December 15, 2005.
“The Ysleta SENTRI facility has been a tremendous success,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operation Hector Mancha. “The first month of operation we averaged about 240 users a day. We are now processing about 2,500 vehicles a day at this facility.”
The El Paso/Juarez community has three SENTRI locations. El Paso’s first SENTRI lane opened at the Stanton Street bridge international crossing in 1999. The Ysleta SENTRI lane opened in 2005. And the Paso Del Norte pedestrian SENTRI lane opened 2009. The SENTRI program was first implemented at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry in California in 1995.
Currently the SENTRI program in El Paso has approximately 42,900 members. CBP officers at the Stanton crossing process approximately 105,000 vehicles per month while the Ysleta SENTRI crossing processes about 75,000 entries monthly. Only a small numbers of border crossers use the PDN pedestrian SENTRI lane.
SENTRI is a land border management process that provides expedited CBP processing for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Applicants must voluntarily undergo a thorough biographical background check against criminal, law enforcement, customs, immigration, and terrorist indices; a 10-fingerprint law enforcement check; and a personal interview with a CBP Officer.
Once an applicant is approved they are issued a Radio Frequency Identification Card that will identify their record and status in the CBP database upon arrival at the U.S. port of entry. SENTRI users have access to specific, dedicated primary lanes into the United States including three locations at the El Paso port of entry.
Those interested in joining the SENTRI program can do so by visiting the SENTRI page on the CBP website. The membership fee is $122.25. The program will give members access to SENTRI facilities for five years.
“We like to remind travelers that SENTRI enrollment cost averages only seven cents per day. In return travelers can expect an expedited entry and in turn save considerable time crossing the border,” said Mancha. “We also remind users that SENTRI is not a free pass into the United States. We trust but we verify that all entry requirements are met.”
In addition to the quick crossings associated with SENTRI membership, the SENTRI card meets the requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative for proper documents for U.S. citizens who cross the border by land or sea, which went into effect June 1, 2009. The SENTRI card can be used at any land border crossing in lieu of a U.S. passport or U.S. passcard. More information on WHTI requirements can be found at http://www.getyouhome.gov/.
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.