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:
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.
"The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are saddened to report that a 47-year-old man from Mexico died Sunday from significant injuries sustained after falling from the international boundary fence in Nogales, Ariz.
Statement attributed to Matthew Klein, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Professional Responsibility:
The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are saddened by the unfortunate death of a 43-year-old man from El Salvador who was rushed to the hospital after falling into medical distress. Our condolences are with his family. CBP is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody.
A pregnant female from Honduras was apprehended in McAllen, Texas Monday morning and delivered a stillborn baby later that day. According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended and processed the woman for improper entry June 24 near McAllen, Texas. She was medically screened at the McAllen Central Processing Center and determined to need medical attention. She was transported to a local hospital where hospital medical staff were unable to detect a fetal heartbeat.
Initial reporting indicates that at approximately 2:45 a.m., on Monday, June 17, the Las Cruces Border Patrol station, part of the El Paso Sector, received a request for assistance from Las Cruces central dispatch after a Las Cruces Police Department officer had been shot by an unknown subject near the intersection of Lohman Boulevard and Telshor Avenue. A general description of the subject was shared with Border Patrol.
U.S. Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico responded to a shots fired call from the Las Cruces N.M. Police Department (LCPD) today at about 4 a.m. (MST). Upon arrival to the area, the agents assigned to the El Paso Sector’s, Las Cruces Station located the subject near a local store. The subject fired at agents and officers, Border Patrol Agents returned fire with their service issued weapon, striking the subject.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., on Monday, June 3, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the San Ysidro port of entry, along the San Diego/Tijuana border, engaged a subject with deadly force after he fired multiple gunshots at the CBP officers in an attempt to evade inspection by failing to stop. The subject, a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen, did not survive. CBP officers with EMT training, and other medical personnel on site, provided immediate medical aid to the subject until San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel arrived on scene.
At about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, a white pickup truck arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry, along the San Diego/Tijuana border to enter the United States. The driver failed to stop for an inspection and there was an officer involved shooting.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is cooperating with investigations by other law enforcement agencies. Per CBP policy, the agency will also conduct an internal review of the incident.
According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from Del Rio Sector apprehended a woman today after illegally crossing the border in Eagle Pass, Texas, at 6:20. a.m., CDT. The woman collapsed at 6:45 a.m. shortly after arrival to the Eagle Pass South Station. Agents and Officers quickly initiated emergency medical care until Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived at 6:55 a.m. EMS continued emergency care and transported her to a local hospital. Despite all efforts to save the 40-year-old woman’s life, hospital authorities pronounced her deceased.
According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended a man near the border in Roma, Texas, at 12:10 p.m., CDT. Shortly after taking him into custody, agents called Emergency Medical Services after they observed signs that the man was suffering from an apparent seizure at 12:22 p.m. An EMT-certified Border Patrol Agent quickly initiated emergency medical care until EMS arrived at 12:29 p.m. EMS continued emergency care and transported him to a local hospital at 12:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON - A 16-year-old Guatemalan national passed away this morning at the Weslaco Station in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector. According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended and processed the juvenile for illegal entry May 13 near Hidalgo, Texas. He was transferred from the Rio Grande Valley Sector’s Central Processing Center to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station Sunday and due for placement with Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. He was found un-responsive this morning during a welfare check.
WASHINGTON – Saturday, Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders released the following statement:
Attributable to John P. Sanders, CBP Senior Official Performing the Duties of Commissioner: