increased security, travel, and trade can accomplish,” said Bersin in an Oct. 31 statement.
CBP said the decision to begin the process of opening the border crossing was based on extensive analysis and consultation with Mexican border agencies, and is part of its ongoing commitment to enhance security along U.S. borders. Working closely with the department of interior, CBP said the crossing is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012.
The crossing will also bolster the Big Bend National Park/Rio Grande wild and scenic river and the protected areas of Maderas del Carmen, Cañón de Santa Elena, Ocampo as an international park by providing an entry point between both countries for scientists, park workers, emergency services and tourists coming to study, protect and enjoy this rare desert ecosystem, while also leveraging cutting edge technologies to enhance security, said CBP.
The proposed rule will now be made available for public comment to ensure that CBP is able to receive important feedback from stakeholders that can help inform the final decision. The public comment period will begin on the date the notice of proposed rulemaking and will close after 60 days. A final announcement is expected in spring 2012, said the agency.
U.S. Reopens Texas-Mexico Border Crossing after 9 Years
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
A U.S. national park will once again become a point of entry for citizens of Mexico now that Washington has decided to reopen an unmanned border crossing.
The border crossing, located in Big Bend National Park in remote southwest Texas, had been open for more than a century, most recently to allow park visitors to also visit Mexico's Parque Nacional canon de Santa Elena on the opposite side of the Rio Grande river. However, in may 2002, the Bush administration decided to shutter the crossing as part of its response to increased national security after the September 11 attacks.
Beginning next spring, U.S. customs and border protection agents will man the border crossing remotely using cameras and computers. National park service rangers will be available to answer questions, but it will be up to the border patrol to track down anyone entering the U.S. without authorization.
Critics say opening an unmanned crossing is just asking for trouble. “Crooks will find a hole in the defense and that’s what an unmanned border point is,” Kent Lundgren, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, told the Wall Street Journal. Similar unmanned crossings already exist along the U.S. border with Canada.
Border crossing in national park to reopen
(by Travis Sanford, Courthouse News Service)