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Speeches and statements from the previous administrations are available in the Archive section of our website.
E.g., 2020-12-01
E.g., 2020-12-01
Sun, 07/26/2020 | Speeches and Statements

DEL RIO, TEXAS – On July 26, 2020, at approximately 6:20 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector, Brackettville Station observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and attempted to initiate a vehicle stop.  The driver then attempted to elude agents by fleeing at a high rate of speed north bound from Brackettville toward Uvalde.

Agents ultimately lost sight of the vehicle and it was located a short time later on Ranch Road 674, where it had rolled over.

Tue, 07/21/2020 | Speeches and Statements

GAUTHIER, MS—On Tuesday, at approximately 9:30 AM, a U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting while assisting U.S. Marshals with serving a warrant in Gauthier, MS. The individual fired upon the agent and other law enforcement officers on scene, who in turn, returned fire. Neither the agent nor the suspect were injured in the exchange.

Fri, 07/17/2020 | Speeches and Statements

"While the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) respects every American’s right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated.  Violent anarchists have organized events in Portland over the last several weeks with willful intent to damage and destroy federal property, as well as injure federal officers and agents. These criminal actions will not be tolerated.

Thu, 07/16/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On July 6, 2020, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Laredo Sector were working their assigned duties at a remote ranch when they were alerted by a male subject who advised the agent that his friend, a 28 year-old male subject, was in distress.  Upon locating the subject and discovering him in distress, agents immediately began to render first aid and called for emergency medical services. The subject was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.  Despite the medical staff’s best efforts over the course of several days, the subject passed away.

Fri, 07/10/2020 | Speeches and Statements

Statement from Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego:

Thu, 07/09/2020 | Speeches and Statements

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of an unidentified woman on Thursday morning in a South Texas hospital. 

Wed, 07/08/2020 | Speeches and Statements

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a 39-year-old man from Mexico on Tuesday morning in a South Texas hospital. We would like to express our condolences to his family.

Fri, 06/26/2020 | Speeches and Statements

EL PASO, TEXAS – On June 25th, 2020, at approximately 1:30 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the El Paso Sector, Santa Teresa Station responded to a report of suspicious activity in close proximity to the border with Mexico. This area is known by agents to be used frequently by transnational criminal organizations for human smuggling. Agents observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and initiated a vehicle stop. The driver then attempted to elude agents by fleeing at a high rate of speed east bound from New Mexico into the city of El Paso, Texas. 

Sat, 06/13/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Border Patrol Agent (BPA) Johan Mordan of the Lordsburg Station was working in the remote boot heel area of New Mexico when agents lost communications with him.

A search ensued and, within minutes, responding agents found BPA Mordan unresponsive lying on a trail.  Agents immediately began CPR (chest compressions) and air support was requested for extraction. 

Fri, 06/05/2020 | Speeches and Statements

TUCSON, Ariz.--On the evening of June 2, 2020, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Douglas Station initiated a stop of a vehicle traveling on State Route 80, north of Douglas, AZ.  The vehicle, driven by a United States Citizen, was occupied by four individuals determined to be undocumented aliens.  Border Patrol Agents handling the traffic stop observed a second vehicle also suspected of being involved in human smuggling activity. 


Tue, 06/02/2020 | Speeches and Statements

“CBP stands united in holding those accountable for the death of Mr. George Floyd, as well as supporting those who participate in lawful protests. We are equally united in ensuring that criminals responsible for burning our cities, looting businesses, and committing countless acts of violence are stopped. We are proud to once again support our law enforcement partners to protect our communities and ensure that the rights of Americans to peacefully protest are protected.”​


Mon, 06/01/2020 | Speeches and Statements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed uniformed personnel from throughout the National Capital Region to CBP Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This action is necessary to support our law enforcement partners in their efforts to prevent any further civil unrest in the D.C area. It is our sincere hope that local protests remain peaceful and without incident.

Fri, 05/29/2020 | Speeches and Statements

MINNEAPOLIS - Earlier today a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) unmanned aircraft system was preparing to provide live video to aid in situational awareness at the request of our federal law enforcement partners in Minneapolis. The unmanned aircraft system provides live video feed to ground law enforcement, giving them situational awareness, maximizing public safety, while minimizing the threat to personnel and assets.

Wed, 05/20/2020 | Speeches and Statements

WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan today released the following statement on the extension of COVID-19 policies, which include CDC authority under Title 42 and DHS restrictions on non-essential travel at our nation’s borders:

Fri, 05/15/2020 | Speeches and Statements

SAN ANGELO, Texas – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) experienced a nose-wheel collapse, resulting in a hard landing, on arrival at its home base on Mathis Field, San Angelo Regional Airport, on May 15. The hard landing resulted in the aircraft departing from the runway and coming to rest in the grass. The airport fire department arrived on scene within minutes and extinguished a fire on the aircraft. Initial damage assessment of the aircraft is extensive.

Mon, 04/27/2020 | Speeches and Statements

WASHINGTON – "On Thursday, April 23, a U.S. Border Patrol agent apprehended three Mexicans nationals and one Indian national suspected of having illegally crossed the border along the U.S.-Mexico border near Calexico, California. The three Mexican nationals were rapidly returned to Mexico under Title 42 USC 265, and the Indian national was transported to a USBP facility for processing,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan. 

Mon, 04/20/2020 | Speeches and Statements

WASHINGTON – In response to inaccurate and misleading claims that have been reported, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released the following statement in order to correct the record:

“CBP is disappointed in recent inaccurate claims about CBP operations during this health pandemic. Despite the false rhetoric, CBP has implemented a proactive, multi-layered approach to minimize our employees’ exposure to COVID-19 as they fulfill CBP’s critical national security mission.

Thu, 04/16/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On Wednesday, April 15, shortly after 10:30 p.m., a 43-year-old male CBP officer was detained by Laredo Police Department in connection with the shooting death of a man, later identified as a Laredo firefighter, in an off-duty domestic incident. A murder charge has been filed with Webb County District Attorney’s Office in this case. The incident remains under investigation by Laredo Police Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Wed, 04/08/2020 | Speeches and Statements

El viernes, 3 de abril el presidente Trump emitió el Memorándum sobre la asignación de ciertos materiales de salud y médicos que estén escasos o amenazados para uso doméstico, el cual instruye al Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, en inglés), la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, en inglés), y en coordinación con el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS, en inglés), a utilizar la Ley de Producción de la Defensa

Wed, 04/08/2020 | Speeches and Statements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today issued the following joint statement:

Mon, 03/30/2020 | Speeches and Statements

A 61-year-old U.S. citizen died after entering U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody at the San Ysidro port of entry on Sunday evening.

Mon, 03/30/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On Saturday, March 28 at approximately 10:39 p.m. MST, a black Chevrolet Avalanche fled from the primary inspection area of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) U.S. Border Patrol Immigration Checkpoint at Interstate 8 (I-8) and continued eastbound on I-8 between Yuma and Wellton, Arizona. U.S. Border Patrol agents immediately began to pursue the vehicle. The pursuit ended when the fleeing driver lost control and the vehicle rolled over. The U.S.

Wed, 03/25/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On March 24, agents from U.S. Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group in El Paso, Texas responded to a request for assistance from El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPCSO). Deputies were searching for an armed and dangerous subject who fired at law enforcement officers during a warrant service earlier that day. The subject was located and began firing at the deputies and agents while they approached the location. Deputies and agents immediately returned fire, striking the subject, and subsequently took the subject into custody.

Fri, 03/20/2020 | Speeches and Statements

CUEVITAS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report that a Mexican male was pronounced deceased early Friday morning just south of Cuevitas, Texas. Our condolences are with his family.