Readout of Acting Commissioner Sanders Trip to New Mexico Border Area
WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders traveled to the New Mexico/Mexico border area this week to thank CBP personnel for their diligent efforts in the remote areas of New Mexico. Additionally, he got a firsthand look at the desolate terrain and witnessed the unique challenges the frontline personnel assigned there face every day and the support they require.
The primary purpose of the trip was employee engagement and Acting Commissioner Sanders visited a total of nine CBP facilities, including three forward operating bases, where he thanked as many employees as possible for their hard work.
Sanders started his trip with a visit to the Columbus, New Mexico, Port of Entry (POE) on June 6. At the port of entry, Sanders met with CBP personnel and thanked them for their commitment to border security and for going above and beyond the call of duty during the current crisis on the Southwest border.
Following his tour of the Columbus POE, Sanders visited the Camp Ramsey Forward Operating Base (FOB). At Camp Ramsey, Sanders met with personnel deployed to the FOB and discussed the challenges they face and received feedback on the resources and support they require. From there, the Acting Commissioner traveled to the Antelope Wells, New Mexico, POE for a tour and a meeting with port personnel and Border Patrol agents from the Camp Bounds FOB. Sanders then traveled to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station for an employee engagement and then attended an evening muster at the Deming Border Patrol Station.
Sanders began the following day, June 7, at the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station’s morning muster, where he once again thanked CBP employees for their dedication and commitment to the mission.
He wrapped up his visit with tours and high-level briefings at the Las Cruces and Santa Teresa Border Patrol stations and the Santa Teresa POE.
“Since I began serving as CBP’s Acting Commissioner, I have been continually impressed with the level of commitment from CBP’s men and women and their dedication to keeping our nation safe,” said Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders. “On this trip I saw the unique difficulties presented by the remoteness in this Sector, particularly when our Agents and Officers encounter an increasing number of large groups. CBP is blessed to have so many dedicated, professional, and resilient people.”
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.