Pembina, N.D. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the opening of two new land border ports of entry in Sherwood and Westhope, N.D. These new border facilities-funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)-will replace outdated facilities, strengthen security and facilitate the flow of legal travel and trade through ports of entry along the Northern border.
"The new port facilities in Sherwood and Westhope enhance our mission to secure our borders," said Director of Field Operations-Seattle, Michele James, who attended port openings at both Sherwood and Westhope. "The updated infrastructure and technologies of these facilities provide more efficient, secure and expedited processing for travelers crossing our Northern border."
The new facilities in Sherwood and Westhope feature cutting-edge inspection technologies that both strengthen security and expedite inspections. These facilities support current inspection requirements and will be adaptable for CBP's future border security and trade facilitation needs.
In total, CBP plans to modernize more than 35 land ports of entry along the Northern border through Recovery Act funding-updating critical infrastructure to meet current security and operational needs.
In addition to updated infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security continues to invest additional personnel and technology along the Northern border-deploying more than 2,200 Border Patrol agents and nearly 3,800 CBP officers in the region to manage the flow of people and goods across ports of entry and crossings.
CBP also continues to deploy state-of-the-art technology along the Northern border, including thermal camera systems, Mobile Surveillance Systems, and Remote Video Surveillance Systems. Additionally, CBP unmanned aircraft currently patrol nearly 950 miles along the Northern border from Washington to Minnesota and approximately 200 miles along the northern border in New York and Lake Ontario.
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.