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    • Tucson agents involved in fatal shooting of man, while responding to shots fired call | Speeches and Statements

      Tucson, AZ

      On May 18, at approximately 9:04 p.m., the US Border Patrol Tucson Sector Tactical Operations Center advised the Ajo Border Patrol Station that the Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department was requesting assistance from Border Patrol agents to respond to a shots fired call west of the Menagers Dam Village. The police department requested agents meet at the local recreation center prior to responding to the location. The Ajo Border Patrol Station transmitted a request over service radio for any available units to respond at approximately 9:06 p.m.

    • Statement from CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller regarding the ongoing investigation of in-custody death | Speeches and Statements

      We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of an eight-year-old girl who was in CBP custody with her parents earlier this week. Consistent with CBP protocol, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is conducting an investigation of the incident.  

      The health and safety of individuals in our custody, our workforce, and communities we serve is paramount. To that end, we must ensure that medically fragile individuals receive the best possible care and spend the minimum amount of time possible in CBP custody. 

    • Update: Death in Custody of 8-Year-Old in Harlingen, Texas | Speeches and Statements

      CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the tragic death of an eight-year-old child in U.S. Border Patrol Custody which occurred on May 17, 2023, in Harlingen, TX. Consistent with agency policy and CBP’s commitment to transparency and accountability, we are sharing information about this incident as quickly as possible.

    • Statement from CBP | Speeches and Statements

      Today, an eight-year-old girl tragically passed away while in U.S. Border Patrol custody in Harlingen, Texas. The child and her family were in custody at the Harlingen Station where she experienced a medical emergency. Emergency Medical Services were called to the station and transported her to the local hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

    • Statement from CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller | Speeches and Statements

      WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Troy Miller issued the following statement today:

      “Earlier this year, the United States announced parole processes for Venezuelans, Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans, which provide individuals with safe and orderly pathways to access the United States, and imposes consequences for those who do not use them.

    • Declaraciones del Comisionado Interino de CBP Troy Miller | Speeches and Statements

      WASHINGTON – El Comisionado Interino de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de Estados Unidos, Troy Miller, emitió las siguientes declaraciones en el día de hoy:

      “A principios de este año, Estados Unidos anunció procesos de permiso condicional (parole) para venezolanos, cubanos, haitianos y nicaragüenses, que confieren una vía segura y ordenada para ingresar a los Estados Unidos e imponen consecuencias para quienes no las utilicen." 

    • Man is Declared Brain Dead and Dies at Yuma Medical Center | Speeches and Statements

      Yuma, AZ.

      YUMA, AZ.-On April 3, 2023, at approximately 3:37 p.m., a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Yuma Station patrolling the International Border Fence observed footprints leading north from the border fence.

    • Man dies after collapsing and becoming unresponsive at Progresso Port of Entry | Speeches and Statements

      On April 26, 2023, at approximately 3:12 p.m., a male traveler, later identified as a U.S. citizen, applied for entry into the United States via the pedestrian lanes at the Progresso Port of Entry and was inspected by a Customs and Border Protection Officer. The man was referred to secondary inspection by the officer due to a computer-generated referral; he collapsed to the floor while walking to secondary inspection.

    • Commissioner Miller statement on apprehension of suspect in Texas murders | Speeches and Statements

      “I am incredibly proud of the members of our U.S. Customs and Border Protection workforce who, together with partners at the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended the suspect of Friday’s brutal murders in Texas. CBP has been supporting the ongoing operation for several days. Tonight, agents from the Border Patrol’s elite BORTAC unit apprehended the suspect without incident.

    • Man sustains head injury and dies after fall from international boundary barrier near San Ysidro, California Port of Entry | Speeches and Statements

      On January 27, 2023, at approximately 12:08 a.m., a Border Patrol camera operator spotted a group of five suspected undocumented migrants scaling the International Border Barrier, approximately 3.5 miles west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The camera operator broadcasted the information via radio to Border Patrol agents in the area. An agent arrived on the north side of the secondary barrier a short time later, as some of the migrants were descending from the barrier. The agent observed one migrant, later identified as a male citizen of Mexico, fall off the secondary barrier.

    • Agents fire service weapons on non-compliant man after he strikes agent with wooden club; man dies at scene | Speeches and Statements

      El Paso Sector

      On April 2, 2023, at approximately 8:37 p.m., a Border Patrol agent observed a white Nissan Rogue sports utility vehicle circumvent a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint located on Interstate 10, approximately 23 miles west of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and began to follow. The agent activated his emergency equipment to conduct a vehicle stop at approximately 8:39 p.m.  A second agent responded to assist.

    • Vehicle pursuit near Rodeo, New Mexico, results in one death and several injured | Speeches and Statements

      El Paso Sector

      On March 23, 2023, at approximately 9:26 a.m., a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputy witnessed a 2014 GMC Sierra four door pickup truck traveling northbound on Highway 80 south of Rodeo, New Mexico, at approximately mile marker 1. The Sierra was traveling approximately 80 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour speed zone. The deputy attempted to initiate a vehicle stop at mile marker 2 but the Sierra failed to yield to the deputy’s emergency equipment.

    • Migrant Dies Following Crash After Suspected Smuggling Load Driver Fails to Stop for Law Enforcement | Speeches and Statements


      Tucson, Ariz.-On February 11, 2023, at approximately 5 p.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Willcox Station observed a red 2003 Toyota Corolla depart the Highway 191 Checkpoint, located approximately 29 miles north of Douglas, Arizona, without being inspected. A Douglas Station agent, also working at the checkpoint, activated the emergency equipment on his marked Border Patrol unit and initiated a pursuit of the Corolla.

    • Use of Force Incident Leaves One Man Dead Following Pursuit of Suspected Smuggling Vehicle | Speeches and Statements

      On March 14, 2023, at approximately 6:18 p.m. a U.S. Border Patrol remote camera operator observed multiple suspected undocumented migrants load into a BMW sedan, approximately one mile north of the Port of Entry at Sasabe, Ariz. The camera operator transmitted the information to Border Patrol agents in the area via radio.

    • Two suspects die after resisting CBP efforts to inspect their vessel; 804 kg of narcotics found aboard. | Speeches and Statements

      On January 14, 2023, the Caribbean Air and Marine Operations Center detected a suspected target of interest north of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, and continued to monitor the suspect vessel as a CBP vessel from the CBP marine docks in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, was dispatched to intercept it. Three CBP Marine Interdiction Agents and a Puerto Rico Police Department task force officer on board the CBP vessel departed the docks in Ceiba at approximately 11:30 p.m. 

    • One dead; five injured in rollover crash near Las Cruces, New Mexico | Speeches and Statements

      On February 6, 2023, at approximately 12:05 a.m., a black GMC Yukon SUV approached the U.S. Border Patrol immigration checkpoint located near mile marker 26 on State Highway 185, approximately 23 miles northwest of Las Cruces, N.M. The vehicle stopped at the primary inspection point and a Border Patrol agent approached the vehicle. While inspecting the vehicle, the agent noticed multiple people laying on the floorboard of the vehicle. The agent suspected the individuals laying on the floorboard of the vehicle might be undocumented migrants.

    • Man Apprehended in Remote Arizona Location Pronounced Deceased | Speeches and Statements

      On January 13, 2023, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Border Patrol Station apprehended seven undocumented migrants approximately 39 miles northwest of the Lukeville, Arizona, Port of Entry. One of the migrants, later identified as a male citizen of Mexico, sustained an injury to his left ankle while attempting to elude apprehension. Agents contacted Tucson Sector radio communications and requested medical assistance for the injured migrant via radio at 11:08 a.m.

    • Man dies from injuries sustained after fall from International Border Barrier near El Paso, Texas Port of Entry | Speeches and Statements

      On January 15, 2023, at approximately 10:52 p.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Paso Station responded to a sensor activation approximately four miles east of The Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry. The first agent arrived in a fully marked United States Border Patrol transport van via the Loop 375 Border Highway and walked to a chain link fence on the elevated levy road. From this position, the agent, using a flashlight, observed a man in the All-American Canal located between the chain link fence and the International Border Barrier.

    • Man falls to his death attempting to scale international border barrier near San Ysidro Port of Entry | Speeches and Statements

      On Feb. 3, 2023, at approximately 10:57 p.m., a Minnesota National Guardsman, assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol and working as a camera operator, spotted a group of suspected undocumented migrants scaling the International Border Barrier, approximately 2.5 miles east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The camera operator transmitted the information via radio to Border Patrol agents in the area. An agent responded to the area to interdict the migrants at approximately 10:58 p.m..

    • Man dies despite efforts to save his life following apprehension near El Paso, Texas | Speeches and Statements

      On December 30, 2022, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Paso Sector Intelligence Unit Evidence Collection Team encountered a male subject approximately four miles northeast of the Bridge of Americas, near El Paso, Texas. The male, a United States citizen, was walking in the middle of Airway Boulevard unclothed from the waist down and posing a traffic hazard to traveling vehicles. Intelligence Unit agents approached the man in their unmarked vehicle, with their emergency lights activated, but the man refused to leave the roadway.

    • Apprehended woman dies in Eagle Pass, Texas soft sided facility, despite life-saving efforts | Speeches and Statements

      On January 2, 2023, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Border Patrol station apprehended a woman, a Cuban national, approximately two miles south of the Eagle Pass, Texas International Bridge II. Agents transported the woman to the Firefly Soft Sided Processing Facility located in Eagle Pass. The woman was booked into the processing facility at approximately 10:33 a.m. The woman was medically screened at approximately 11:44 a.m., and she informed the Border Patrol processing coordinator that she had high blood pressure and was taking prescribed medication.