Pembina, N.D. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announces the opening of two new land border ports of entry facilities to replace outdated facilities in Sherwood and Westhope, North Dakota. These new border facilities-which were funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)-will enhance security along the Northern border while facilitating the flow of legal travel and trade.
The new facilities in Sherwood and Westhope feature the latest inspection technologies, which both enhance security and expedite inspections. These facilities support current inspection requirements and will be adaptable for CBP's future border security and trade facilitation needs.
Westhope, on US RT 83 adjoins the Canadian Port of Coulter in Manitoba. Operational hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT, daily.
Sherwood, on ND Hwy 28 adjoins the Canadian Port of Carievale in Saskatchewan. Operational hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, daily.
CBP is using Recovery Act funds to modernize more than 35 land ports of entry along the Northern border to meet security and operational needs. The ports being modernized are decades old; do not meet modern security and operational standards; and many have health and safety concerns. CBP worked closely with local small businesses in North Dakota to ensure that they were aware of contracting opportunities related to these Recovery Act modernization projects.
CBP plans to hold official port opening ceremonies at a select number of new land ports of entry later this summer to commemorate the completion of these modernization projects.
In addition to investments in infrastructure along the Northern border, DHS has continued to deploy additional personnel and technology. Currently, CBP has more than 2,200 Border Patrol agents on the Northern border, a 700 percent increase since 9/11. CBP also has nearly 3,800 CBP officers managing the flow of people and goods across ports of entry and crossings.
The Department has continued to deploy technology along the Northern border, including thermal camera systems, Mobile Surveillance Systems, and Remote Video Surveillance Systems. It has also successfully completed the first long-range CBP Predator-B unmanned aircraft patrol under expanded Federal Aviation Administration authorization that extends the range of approved airspace along the Northern border. Approximately 950 miles along the Northern border from Washington to Minnesota, are currently covered by unmanned aircraft in addition to approximately 200 miles along the Northern border in New York and Lake Ontario. Radio Frequency Identification technology readers have also been deployed to all lanes at Northern border ports of entry.
In February 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper signed a landmark "Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness" that sets forth how the two countries will manage shared homeland and economic security in the 21st century. This "Shared Vision" emphasizes shared responsibility for the safety, security, and resilience of the United States and Canada. This approach focuses on addressing threats at the earliest point possible; facilitating trade, economic growth, and jobs; collaborating on integrated cross-border law enforcement; and partnering to secure and strengthen the resilience of critical infrastructure and cyber security.