Speeches and Statements
EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report a 19-year-old, 8 -month pregnant woman from Guatemala was pronounced deceased Tuesday afternoon in an El Paso, Texas hospital. Our condolences are with her family.
Del Rio, Texas – U.S.
I am pleased to announce the selection of Raul Ortiz as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.
I am pleased to announce the selection of Rodney S. Scott as Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
MARFA, Texas –
As the agency charged with safeguarding the American people and the nation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection remains vigilant and is operating with an enhanced security posture at U.S. ports of entry. CBP has understood Iran and its proxies to be a very capable adversary for some time. Consistent with our statutory authorities, CBP leverages all available tools and information to ensure that individuals who seek entry into the United States are appropriately screened.
"Early in the afternoon of December 24, 2019, a 41-year-old national from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and her family arrived in the United States, presenting themselves for admission into the U.S.
SALTON CITY, Calif.
On Friday, Dec. 20, CBP Officers at the Hidalgo Port of Entry made a determination that a 42-year-old male Mexican citizen violated immigration law by falsely claiming to be a US Citizen. As a result, he was arrested and processed for Expedited Removal and was held for criminal prosecution. The individual passed away at the East Hidalgo Detention Center on Dec.
There have been erroneous press reports of a trend of undocumented migrants ramming vehicles at the Nogales Port of Entry to circumvent queue lines due to extended wait times. This is not correct. These recent attempts of illegal entry were done by individuals who recently arrived in Mexico, seeking illegal entry into the United States.
TUCSON, Ariz. – On Thursday, November 14, 2019, a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent discharged his service-issued firearm in an incident near Lukeville, Arizona.
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - At approximately 6:00 a.m. (MDT) on November 4, a U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station was involved in a shooting incident subsequent to encountering a group of four individuals in the 1200 block of McNutt Road in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is tasked with protecting our nation’s borders and enforcing numerous laws at U.S. ports of entry. CBP’s ability to lawfully inspect electronic devices crossing the border is integral to keeping America safe in an increasingly digital world.
Good morning. Thank you all for being here. I want to thank you all for such a warm welcome to the great State of Texas. I also want to welcome our partners in the local law enforcement community:
On Monday, Oct. 21, at approximately 7 p.m. a 22-year-old man from Honduras was struck by a vehicle as he tried to flee apprehension by Border Patrol. Agents working their assigned duties observed a white Ford F-150 traveling southbound on Interstate Highway 35 (I-35).
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report a 49-year-old man from Mexico was pronounced deceased Monday morning in a Southern Arizona hospital. Our condolences are with his family.
“A vehicle was observed via remote video surveillance system turning west onto Avenue 0 in British Columbia, Canada, at approximately 9 p.m., Oct. 2. The vehicle then turned south and entered the U.S. illegally, by slowly and deliberately driving through a ditch onto Boundary Road in Lynden, Washington. The vehicle traveled west on Boundary Road continuing on the United States side, and was pulled over by a Border Patrol agent a short time later.
“At approximately 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, two Brackettville Border Patrol Station agents and a Kinney County Sheriff’s deputy were involved in a shooting incident subsequent to performing a vehicle stop on Ranch Road 674 near Brackettville, Texas. The area where the incident occurred is frequently used by smugglers to move narcotics and people from the border to San Antonio and other destinations.
The 6-month-old baby Border Patrol agents encountered in the Rio Grande Valley Friday night is currently in stable condition. The baby has been transferred from CBP to the custody of ORR and in the interest of providing the needed care, was transported from Corpus Christi to Nexus Children’s Hospital in Houston. The father, Carlos Zelaya-Romero, who has a criminal history and multiple prior removals, has been transferred to the custody of ICE ERO in Houston.
A 6-month-old baby is in critical condition at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered the child with her father as part of a group of 21 people apprehended three miles west of Roma Port of Entry Thursday at 1:30 a.m., CDT, after they illegally crossed the Rio Grande into the United States.
According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Paso Sector apprehended a 32-year-old Salvadoran man, traveling with his 8-year-old daughter, the night of July 31. The man and child were immediately transported to the El Paso Border Patrol Station where they were medically screened and cleared upon arrival. Early morning on August 1, they were transferred to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station to expedite their processing. They were again medically screened and cleared upon arrival.
Remarks as prepared for July 23, 2019
Thank you, Bradley. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to CBP’s Trade Symposium. I am so excited that this event is my first trade stakeholder engagement. I want to thank our Office of Trade Relations, our Office of Trade, and our Office of Field Operations for the tremendous work they do every day to enforce our trade laws, protect our supply chains, and facilitate the kind of lawful commerce that keeps our economy growing.
The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are saddened to report that a 52-year-old man from Nicaragua was pronounced deceased early this morning after he was rushed to the hospital. Our condolences are with his family. Border Patrol and Emergency Medical Services attempts to revive the man after he fell into medical distress were unsuccessful. The deceased was part of a group of 36 individuals, all from Central America, that surrendered to Border Patrol agents west of Sasabe, Ariz. and were being processed at a Border Patrol facility in Tucson.