Opening of Boquillas Border Crossing and Update to the Class B Port of Entry Description

 
Docket ID: USCBP-2011-0032
Agency: Customs and Border Protection Bureau (USCBP)
Parent Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Summary:
This rule would create a new border crossing in the Big Bend National Park called Boquillas. It would be established as a Class B port of entry for immigration purposes and as a Customs station for customs purposes, under the supervision of the El Paso port of entry. CBP and the National Park service plan to partner on the construction of a joint use facility in the Big Bend National Park which will provide facility requirements to operate a border crossing. On May 19, 2010, President Obama and Mexican President Calderon issued a joint statement recognizing that the Big Bend National Park in the United States and the Protected Areas of Maderas del Carmen, Canon de Santa Elena, Ocampo, and Rio Bravo del Norte in Mexico together comprise one of the largest and most significant ecological complexes in North America. The opening of the Boquillas crossing would help establish the Big Bend-Rio Bravo region as a natural area of binational interest. The opening of the Boquillas crossing is also expected to encourage more travel and tourism in the area.
RIN: 1651-AA90
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 100.4(a),19 CFR 101.4(c)
Priority: Other Significant

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      • I object to installing an unmanned border crossing where it comes into a National Park. Why would this be done when there is already a manned border crossing not very far away at...

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        12/27/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0040
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      • As an artist, living and working in Far West Texas for over a decade, I have deeply missed one of the most inspiring places in the Big Bend - Boquillas! I spent a few nights in...

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        12/16/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0027
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      • Having served as Superintendent at Big Bend NP from 1994-1999, I am familiar with the open crossings into the park from at Boquillas and Santa Elena. Both crossing have existed...

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        12/19/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0032
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      • Reopening the Boquillas Crossing is long overdue. It is in an extremely remote area of both the United States and Mexico. The location of the crossing requires the use of small...

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        12/28/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0046
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      • I am very much in favor of the Customs and Border Protection plan to reopen the Boquillas Crossing on the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park. Reestablishing this crossing...

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        12/12/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0005
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      • As a naturalist guide who has led several small group natural history trips to Big Bend National Park and who values the cultural exchange between Big Bend visitors and residents...

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        12/23/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0039
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      • I support reopening the crossing. The proposed location requires the use of small row boats to cross which is in stark contrast to locations within a few miles both up and down...

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        12/28/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0047
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      • This is long overdue, the Boquillas border crossing should have been opened years ago. Only people who have no idea about this area could be opposed to this plan, everyone in this...

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        12/28/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0048
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        12/28/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0043
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      • Please give us a border crossing at Boquillas. I've been to Big Bend National Park many times and feel for the people on the other side in Mexico. Prior to 2002, we went across...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0016
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      • What can you people possibly be thinking? Have aliens come down from outer space and started controlling your minds? Take the money you are planning on WASTING on this ridiculous...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0010
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      • The notion of opening a port of entry without staff is irresponsible. I consider it a clear reflection of the current administration's unwillingness to secure the southern border...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0012
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      • I support the proposal to open the border at Boquillas. When it was closed after 9-11, it created a terrible hardship for the villagers on the Mexican side of the border. I...

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        12/14/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0021
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      • This is a great idea. Opening this Boquillas Border crossing station demonstrates that common sense can prevail in addressing border security. Hopefully, the tiny economy of...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0013
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      • It's about time ya'll opened this crossing back up! This was always a great perk when visiting Big Bend.

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0008
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      • I am in full support of opening an entry port--remote, unmanned, unsecured and otherwise--across from Boquillas in Big Bend National Park. The unnecessary hardship visited upon...

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        12/12/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0004
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      • We are in favor of opening the Boquillsa Crossing. We have vacationed in Big Bend National Park. To be able to cross the Rio Grande into the village of Boquillas would greatly...

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        12/16/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0028
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      • In my opinion this is a bad idea. There should not be a border crossing within a national park especially an unmanned one. The American taxpayer should not have to finance a border...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0011
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      • As an avid birder and a professional nature photographer, I am a frequent visitor to National Parks throughout the United States. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Big Bend...

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        12/21/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0035
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      • I strongly support the re-opening of the Boquillas Canyon crossing. This re-opening will improve security by adding additional border patrol officers to the vast Big Bend area, and...

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        12/28/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0044
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      • As a current resident of Brewster County, who has lived in Big Bend National Park, Boquillas, Terlingua, Marathon, and Alpine, I fully support CBP's intention to reopen the Class B...

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        12/23/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0037
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      • It is hard to believe that the people running this country are supposed to be some of the smartest in the country. This rule proves the opposite. We need to be shutting the border...

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        12/12/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0002
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      • I am in favor of having an official crossing station in Big Bend National Park. I have visited the park several times and would have liked to visit Mexico as well, but I was always...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0018
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      • As a resident of the Big Bend Region of Texas and someone who has traveled to Big Bend National Park and visited Boquillas before the closing, I would like to see this crossing re...

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        12/16/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0026
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      • I AM DELIGHTED THEY ARE REOPENING THIS CROSSING. I have personally used it for over 25 years. If people knew anything about this crossing, they would support the opening. The...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0009
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