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 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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      • I have been going to Big Bend since I was a kid. The sleepy little towns across the border are so remote and inhabited by the gentlest people. It is a matter of human rights to...

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        12/27/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0041
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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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      • I support the opening of the Boquillas Border Crossing.

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        12/14/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0023
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      • I fully SUPPORT the reopening of the Boquillas border crossing. This will be a great benefit to the tourist of Big Bend National Park and to the people of Boquillas.

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        12/14/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0022
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      • We are strongly in support of the open border crossing. We visited the park before the closing and just this year after the closing. The impact on Bo1uillas was astounding! Gone...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0007
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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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      • 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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      • This project is inappropriate during this time of American national fiscal instability coupled with the current American national mandate to REDUCE rather than increase one-time...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0020
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      • This proposal recently came to light in a publication in Atlanta, GA. As a native Texan, I am appalled that this proposal has even made it this far as illegal immigrants (aka...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0017
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      • I am very pleased to see that common sense is again creeping into our border policies. I live along the US - Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley and the differences between this...

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        12/13/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0006
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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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        12/28/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0043
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      • My email represents total support for the remote border crossing at Boquillas de Carmen MX. & Big Bend National Park(BBNP), USA. I have been camping at BBNP sicne 1979...

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        12/19/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0033
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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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      • I am very much in favor of the opening of Boquillas Border Crossing. Having lived in Alpine for 30 years I remember what it was like before 9/11 and hope that it will be that way...

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        12/16/2011

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        USCBP-2011-0032-0029
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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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      • 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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      • 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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      • I am very much in favor of this crossing opening. Security wise I do not see how it does anything but help us defend our borders. Having friends south of the border, that want a...

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        12/16/2011

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      • I think the Border Crossing at Boquillas and Big Bend,Texas at the Big Bend National Park should be reopened. It is good for the economy of the poor inhabitants of Boquillas, as...

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        12/19/2011

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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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      • 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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      • 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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      • 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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