PHOENIX – Vice President Mike Pence will tour the Border Patrol station in Nogales on Thursday. Pence is expected to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and tour the fence along the border.
Governor Doug Ducey, who has focused much of his efforts on increasing trade with Mexico, is expected to join Pence.
Due to the humanitarian crisis along the southwest border created by a surge of illegal entries, CBP officers have been pulled from duty at the ports of entry. On Tuesday, CBP reported that ports of entry in California and Arizona have closed some commercial lanes and “those who cross the Southwest border should expect these delays to worsen as more resources are devoted to the humanitarian crisis.”
The Nogales Border Patrol Station is the second largest Border Patrol station in the United States.
According to CBP, in March 2019, “92,607 people were apprehended between ports of entry on the Southwest Border, compared with 66,884 in the month of February and 47,984 in January. In FY18, a total of 396,579 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on the Southwest Border.”
#PortOfNogales @CBP officers seized $724K Worth of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine over the past weekend. Two Mexican nationals and a 22-year-old Omaha, Nebraska woman were arrested in the failed smuggling attempts. #OFO #AlwaysVigilant Details: https://t.co/YxrhUc0W4d pic.twitter.com/nYpJDaEitB
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) April 10, 2019
Executive Director Howe provided a snapshot of operations this past Saturday in Nogales, AZ during a Congressional hearing today. The day included medical transports, asylum processing, drug seizures, & an imposter, in addition to the processing of legitimate trade and travel. pic.twitter.com/lLpm0HkkUb
— CBP (@CBP) April 9, 2019
Briefed today by @ICEgov Houston officials on the threats they face every day. @POTUS, @ICEgov and @CBP are doing their jobs – it’s time for Congress to do its job & close the loopholes that criminals, cartels, & human traffickers exploit. pic.twitter.com/6UwBWjyPce
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 6, 2019