Tucson, Ariz. -The Tucson Sector Border Patrol, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, will begin construction on a new checkpoint at the current State Route 90 location beginning Monday.
The new checkpoint will include a two-lane operation designed to improve traffic flow, and a 65-foot canopy similar to that at the Interstate 19 checkpoint. Although the checkpoint will be closed during construction, enforcement operations will continue as usual. Northbound SR90 will operate normally during the construction expected to continue through mid-January.
Checkpoint operations are a vital part of the Border Patrol's "Defense in Depth" strategy to hinder criminal organizations attempting to push contraband farther into the United States. Through improved infrastructure, technology and an increase in personnel, the Tucson Sector remains committed to preventing criminal activity from filtering into our communities.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and their Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.
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.