Greater Southwest Works with Customer Agencies to Provide Efficient Ports Along the Southern Border
Did you know the Greater Southwest Region covers almost 70% of the Southern Border? With almost 1,400 miles covering this area, the Greater Southwest Region maintains more ports of entry along the Southern Border than any other region. There will be 32 ports of entry in use coming this Spring and there are many projects underway with these ports to provide more efficiencies for our customers at these locations, as well as the general public.
The ports of entry provide a difficult and exciting multiagency service point that provides access into the country. ICE, CIS, Agricultural and other agencies are based in these locations and have a unique mission on the grounds of these ports. From efficiently processing people through programmatic screening for contraband and looking for drugs and guns, these agencies provide a necessary means of security and safety for the general public.
The Tornillo Port of Entry, outside of El Paso, is a new port under construction to replace the existing outdated location at Fabens, Texas. The $95 million port is expected to be completed in Summer 2013 and expected to obtain LEED Silver Certification. The new six-lane commercial and non-commercial bridge will provide a more rapid route between major commercial and industrial centers in the United States and Mexico.