DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Residents of southeastern Arizona will have an opportunity to learn more about U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection program, or SENTRI, on Thursday morning, March 21, at the Douglas Visitors Center, 345 16th Street, beginning at 10 a.m.
In partnership with the Douglas International Port Authority, the City of Douglas and the Douglas Regional Economic Development Corporation, and just in time for the Easter holiday, Customs and Border Protection officials will explain how the SENTRI program can dramatically reduce processing when returning to the United States from Mexico.
SENTRI provides for pre-approved, low-risk travelers to cross through a dedicated lane at the Douglas port of entry. Applicants must go through a biographical background check that includes criminal, law enforcement, customs, immigration and terrorist watch lists. It also requires a 10-fingerprint, law-enforcement check and an interview with a CBP officer.
The session will include information pertaining to required application information; enrollment and technical processes; fees for enrollment; and the SENTRI Enrollment Center.
In addition, SENTRI applicants can visit the Douglas Library for general information and assistance accessing the online SENTRI application.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.