U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Houston joined the Mayor of Houston in opening a satellite Global Entry Enrollment Center at City Hall.
"Global Entry allows frequent, low risk travelers to quickly and securely go through the CBP process in an automated fashion, and allows CBP to direct resources to the right and appropriate places," said CBP Executive Director of Admissibility and Passenger Programs John Wagner.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport was one of the first three international airports in the country to launch the Global Entry program in 2008. Since then, Houston has enrolled nearly 60,000 members and the kiosk usage is about 700 per day.
"Centralizing this enrollment center in downtown Houston makes it more convenient for those who work in this part of the city and are interested in enrolling in the program," said Houston CBP Acting Director of Field Operations Lynn Fallik.
The City Hall location will be Houston's third enrollment center; the other two are located at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.