CBP POE Update on Southern Border
About 4 weeks ago, President Trump threatened to close the border between the United States and Mexico, which would significantly impact international trade between the two countries. In response, Leadership from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection hosted a public call on April 4, 2019 to explain the situation on the U.S. Southern border with Mexico. US CBP has since hosted a call every week. Our friends at NASCO, the North American Strategy for Competitiveness, an organization that promotes and improves North American trade, attended the last conference call on April 25, 2019 and shared notes.
- There has been a dip in apprehensions likely due to Easter – will likely start increasing now that holiday is over
- 2900 yesterday apprehended along the southern border, all ports
- 10,000 migrants remain in custody
- Sunday April 1st, 100 officers from other POE (ports of entry) were brought in to assist border patrol which allowed 100 officers from the southern border POEs to return to their original POE
- This week another 125 from northern air, sea and land border will be deployed to southern POEs and 125 will be returned to their original southern border posts
- By second week of May another 75 will be deployed, this is anticipated to be the “steady state” with 545 deployed (300 from ports other than southern ports and 245 from south west border ports)
- Another 1000 in additional DHS staff and support workers deployed (not security related, admin and support staff)
- Pharr, Hidalgo and Otay Mesa still having some challenges within the field
- Overtime is not being pulled back or redirected, if a port requires OT then they will use it if necessary however the fiscal cap on OT remains in place
- If anyone is concerned about delays at a specific port, please contact local port director
- There was a report that the second FAST lane at El Paso is not open all the time, and when it closes the crossing times double from two hours up to four hours. USCBP will look into this with the port.
For more information regarding the Southern Border, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.