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Speeches and Statements

Speeches and statements from the previous administrations are available in the Archive section of our website.
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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.

Wed, 03/11/2020 | 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.

Wed, 02/05/2020 | Speeches and Statements

Del Rio, Texas U.S.

Tue, 01/28/2020 | Speeches and Statements
Raul Ortiz, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol
    Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz

I am pleased to announce the selection of Raul Ortiz as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Fri, 01/24/2020 | Speeches and Statements
Rodney S. Scott, Chief of the United States Border Patrol
Rodney S. Scott, Chief of the United States 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.

Wed, 01/22/2020 | Speeches and Statements

 MARFA, Texas

Fri, 01/10/2020 | Speeches and Statements

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.

Thu, 12/26/2019 | Speeches and Statements

"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.

Mon, 12/23/2019 | Speeches and Statements


Sun, 12/22/2019 | Speeches and Statements

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.

Wed, 12/04/2019 | Speeches and Statements

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.


Fri, 11/15/2019 | Speeches and Statements

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Thursday, November 14, 2019, a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent discharged his service-issued firearm in an incident near Lukeville, Arizona.

Mon, 11/04/2019 | Speeches and Statements

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.

Wed, 10/30/2019 | Speeches and Statements

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.


Tue, 10/29/2019 | Speeches and Statements

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: