Newly Designated Pedestrian Lane for Document Compliant Travelers at Gateway International Bridge, Brownsville Port of Entry
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas announce the opening of a dedicated lane for pedestrian travelers with Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant documents.
The WHTI is a joint Department of State and Department of Homeland Security plan that requires all travelers, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals alike, to present a passport or other acceptable document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the United States.
“The use of trusted traveler and designated local traveler lines greatly facilitates travel while allowing CBP officers to continue upholding the CBP mission,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “This travel document initiative strengthens border security while facilitating entry for U.S. citizens and legitimate international travelers in a more efficient manner.”
Travelers without WHTI-compliant documents may be delayed at the border as CBP officers work to verify identity and citizenship. However, pedestrian travelers will now see the benefits of acquiring approved documents for entry into the United States such as U.S. passports and/or SENTRI cards. The dedicated lane has been delineated with blue stripes to indicate its location in the pedestrian walkway.
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.