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Speeches and Statements

Speeches and statements from previous administrations are available in the Archive.

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02-22-2022
Speeches and Statements

On Feb. 1, 2022, at approximately 3:17 p.m. PST, a Border Patrol remote camera operator spotted three individuals cross the border barrier and enter the All-American Canal, approximately two-tenths of a mile east of the Calexico East Port of Entry in Calexico, Calif.  The camera operator relayed the information via radio to a Border Patrol agent who responded to the area.
 

02-11-2022
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On Jan. 20, 2022, a Border Patrol agent apprehended a group of 16 undocumented migrants, including a male citizen of Haiti, approximately two miles northwest of the San Luis Port of Entry. The group was transported to the Yuma Sector Centralized Processing Center (CPC). At approximately 4:01 p.m., the man arrived at the CPC.

02-04-2022
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On Feb. 1, 2022, at approximately 9 p.m. a Border Patrol agent working at a predesignated observation location approximately 35 miles north of McAllen, Texas, spotted a Chevrolet Silverado traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 281. The Border Patrol agent observed people laying in the bed of the truck and the agent radioed the information to other Border Patrol agents working highway operations further north on U.S. Highway 281. 

01-22-2022
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On Friday evening, Jan. 21, a U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a single-vehicle accident with injuries near Eagle Pass, Texas. At the time of the accident, the agent was transporting six undocumented migrants, with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety. A Texas DPS trooper was seriously injured during the accident and has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the trooper, his family, and the Texas DPS.

01-14-2022
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OTAY MESA, Calif. -- On Jan. 12, 2022, at approximately 1:45 p.m. PST, a Border Patrol remote camera operator spotted nine suspected undocumented noncitizens cross into the United States in an industrial area west of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.  The camera operator radioed to Border Patrol agents, who responded to the area.  A Border Patrol agent apprehended a 38-year-old citizen of Mexico north of the secondary Border Barrier.

12-20-2021
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On Dec. 14, 2021, a National Guardsman operating an infrared camera observed a group of suspected undocumented migrants climbing over the International Border Barrier approximately six- and three-quarter miles east of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, near Sunland Park, New Mexico.  The National Guardsman observed the last migrant appeared to be stuck at the top of the IBB before falling and landing at its base where he remained motionless.   A Border Patrol Agent assigned to the U.S.

12-14-2021
Speeches and Statements

The following statement pertains to a use of force incident which occurred on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at the San Ysidro, Calif., Port of Entry, along the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.  This information is based on a preliminary review by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

12-06-2021
Speeches and Statements

The following statement pertains to a death that occurred on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, near La Gloria, Texas.  This information is based on a preliminary review by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

11-27-2021
Speeches and Statements

On Nov. 21, 2021, at approximately 1:53 p.m., a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent encountered a group of twelve migrants approximately one mile south of La Joya, Texas.  The migrants were walking along an unimproved roadway and turned themselves in to the SBPA.  Upon initial contact with the SBPA, one of the female migrants immediately requested medical assistance for her son, a four-year-old male citizen of Honduras.  The woman, also traveling with her five-year-old son, told the SBPA that her four-year-old son was sick and having difficulty breathing.

11-23-2021
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On Nov. 20, 2021 at approximately 7:15 p.m., a Border Patrol Agent assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas, encountered a group of five migrants near the McAllen-Hidalgo Port of Entry at a location known as the “Store Road Gap”.  The migrants turned themselves in to the Border Patrol agent after crossing the Rio Grande River.  The Border Patrol agent started the initial field intake process of the migrants which consisted of asking for documents and providing the migrants a bag in which to place their belongings.

11-22-2021
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On November 18, 2021, a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Weslaco, Texas,  Border Patrol station apprehended two migrants, a husband and wife from Venezuela, near Progreso Lakes, Texas.  At approximately 7:14 p.m., the two migrants were transported to the Hidalgo Port of Entry for initial processing.  Approximately an hour and a half later, the migrants were transported to the U.S. Border Patrol Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, for further processing and detention. The woman advised U.S. Border Patrol at both locations she was six months pregnant.

11-16-2021
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The following statement pertains to a death that occurred in Sonoita, Ariz., on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.  This information is based on a preliminary review and may be corrected or updated in the future. 

10-30-2021
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A U.S. Border Patrol camera operator observed three suspected migrants walking through a flat field approximately two and a half miles northeast of the Eagle Pass, Texas, Port of Entry on Oct. 28, 2021. Five Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station responded to the area in an attempt to locate the migrants.  At approximately 4:58 a.m.

10-13-2021
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On Oct. 6, 2021, at approximately 11:24 p.m., personnel at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Kingsville, TX, were contacted by an anonymous caller who reported an individual lying in a field who may have been bitten by a spider.  The caller provided GPS coordinates for the individual’s location.  Border Patrol Agents responded to the area in search of the individual.  On Oct. 7, 2021, at approximately 12:50 a.m., Border Patrol Agents located an unresponsive citizen of Honduras.  Border Patrol Agents immediately requested Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Medical Services.

09-30-2021
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A Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States and citizen of Bosnia arrived with his wife at the Washington-Dulles Airport Port of Entry from Vienna, Austria, on September 27. The couple was admitted into the U.S. and then selected for a random agriculture inspection. The man collapsed onto the floor during the inspection and was unresponsive.  

09-24-2021
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RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas - Border Patrol Agents assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Station in Rio Grande City, Texas, encountered a large group of migrants approximately nine and one quarter miles southeast of the Rio Grande City Port of Entry at approximately 2:30 a.m. on September 20, 2021.  The migrants turned themselves in to the agents after crossing the Rio Grande River.  The Border Patrol Agents escorted the group to a nearby unimproved roadway to field process the group.

09-24-2021
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Personnel at the U.S. Border Patrol Laredo South Station were notified by Laredo Sector Communications of a 911 call placed by an undocumented migrant at about 1:00 p.m. on September 20, 2021. The undocumented migrant, a citizen of Mexico, indicated he was lost and in medical distress. During a subsequent call from the man, Border Patrol Agents were able to obtain coordinates that placed him in a remote area, approximately 10 miles southwest of Aguilares, Texas.  Border Patrol Agents responded to the area and began to search for the man.

09-21-2021
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A Border Patrol Agent assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Checkpoint in Deming, N.M., reported a black Acura SUV had circumvented the checkpoint and was traveling northbound on Highway 11 at approximately 12:36 p.m. on September 18, 2021. A Border Patrol Agent assigned to the checkpoint then traveled northbound in a Border Patrol vehicle to catch up to the SUV while another Border Patrol Agent in a different Border Patrol vehicle also attempted to locate the vehicle.

09-14-2021
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On September 9, 2021, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Deming Station was notified of a 911 call from an individual stating he and another individual, who was in medical distress, were lost in the desert.  Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) responded to the GPS coordinates obtained by the 911 telephone call and located the undocumented migrant who placed the call approximately eight and half miles northeast of the Port of Entry in Columbus, N.M.  BPAs were then led to another undocumented migrant, a male citizen of Mexico, who was in severe medical distress.

09-09-2021
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On September 3, 2021, a Border Patrol camera operator observed a migrant, later identified as a male citizen of Mexico, fall from the International Border Barrier approximately one-half mile west of the Calexico, CA, Port of Entry.  Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) responded to the scene and discovered the man sustained an injury to his left leg.  BPAs notified the Calexico Fire Department, which responded to the scene and transported the man to a hospital in El Centro, CA.  The man was later transferred to a hospital in San Diego, CA.

09-05-2021
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On September 2, 2021, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a U.S. Border Patrol Agent responded to a report of a group of twelve suspected undocumented migrants walking in the desert south of Interstate 10 near Van Horn, Texas. BPAs responded and attempted to track the group as they walked in a northerly direction towards I-10. Approximately one hour after the initial report, BPAs located the group as they emerged from the brush and crossed a fence line, at which point, agents began pursuing the group on foot as they approached I-10. 

09-04-2021
Speeches and Statements

On the morning of September 3, 2021, at approximately 6:00 AM, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the Laredo South U.S.

09-03-2021
Speeches and Statements

On September 1, 2021, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the U.S.

08-30-2021
Speeches and Statements

On August 27, 2021, at approximately 6:30 PM, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the U.S.