San Juan, Puerto Rico - With Tropical Storm Emily nearing the shores of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has activated its incident command posts to prepare, monitor and respond to any hazardous event.
Throughout the area of responsibility, Field Operations, Border Patrol and Air & Marine assets are vigilant and ready to secure the coastal borders, as well as supply emergency management assistance to other local, state and federal agencies.
CBP components are also ready to coordinate response and relief efforts to ensure that the families of CBP employees are secure so that agents and officers can carry out their duties in securing the border. All commercial entry operations remain open on August 2, during regular business hours within all ports of entry, as CBP continues to monitor changes in weather conditions.
Airport and seaport operations will continue as scheduled unless the Puerto Rico Port Authority or the US Coast Guard recommends closure.
The CBP priority mission is to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States and to ensure the security of our nation at America's borders and ports of entry. We must maintain this line of defense while allowing legitimate travel and trade that is vital to our economy and way of life.
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.