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Recent Events a Reminder for Residents to Report Suspicious Activity

Release Date: 
December 17, 2014

GRAND FORKS N.D.— The Grand Forks Sector U.S. Border Patrol would like to remind residents that they can help prevent terrorism and illegal activity in our own back yard by paying attention and speaking up.

As 2014 draws to a close, the Grand Forks Sector U.S. Border Patrol would like to emphasize that anyone can report suspicious activity. Members of our community have played a critical role twice in the past week in securing our Nation’s border.

On December 14, 2014, a subject entered the United States illegally approximately 20 miles east of the Lancaster, MN Port of Entry. Thanks to a resident that alerted authorities, the subject was located and apprehended by the Grand Forks Sector U.S. Border Patrol.

The second event took place on December 16, 2014, when a concerned citizen in Williston, ND reported a suspicious individual. A Border Patrol Resident Agent was able to use the information to locate and apprehend the subject for being illegally present in the United States.

“The U.S. Border Patrol Strategic Plan includes Information, Integration and Rapid Response while engaging the public to assist us,” said Grand Forks Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “One of our greatest assets we have in the field are the citizens who live and work along the border and know when something is not right.”

To help keep our Nation’s border safe you can report suspicious activity anonymously at 1-800-982-4077, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email at

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021