GSA, CBP, City of San Luis Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Pedestrian Processing Annex
October 24, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2018
San Luis I Port Supports 2.5 Million Annual Pedestrian Border Crossings
SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and city of San Luis hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the San Luis I Land Port of Entry (LPOE) to celebrate the opening of a newly constructed pedestrian processing building at the port. Speakers from the U.S., and Mexican governments joined local government officials to open the facility for the San Luis, Ariz., and San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, region.
“GSA is excited to work with CBP to deliver this state-of-the-art facility,” said GSA’s Pacific Rim Regional Administrator Tom Scott. “We are thrilled to help our federal-inspection agency partners better serve the traveling public and meet their mission of securing the border and facilitating travel and trade."
“This project delivers a facility that allows for improvement of pedestrian processing for cross-border travelers entering the U.S., in a safe and more efficient manner,” said CBP Acting Director of Field Operations Tucson Petra Horne. “These improvements allow CBP to continue to protect our nation’s borders while facilitating the trade and flow of commerce between the United States and Mexico.”
The completion of the new pedestrian annex building marks an important project milestone at the San Luis I LPOE. With 10 pedestrian-processing booths, the facility increases CBP’s mission support infrastructure to process cross-border travelers. The 8,000 square-foot building delivers modernized, mission-related infrastructure for federal-inspection agencies including secure workspace for CBP, new offices and public spaces.
“The San Luis I Land Port of Entry is a vital part of Arizona’s economy with more than 3 million vehicles and 2.5 million pedestrians crossing annually, and is the main border crossing for farm workers commuting to work in Yuma County,” said U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (Arizona). “The $6 million Federal investment in this new pedestrian annex will provide much needed capacity that will allow shoppers, tourists and farmworkers entering Arizona to be screened more efficiently while ensuring public safety is maintained.”
“The modernization of our ports of entry is critical to ensuring a strong partnership between the United States and Mexico,” said U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03). “Security and economic issues don’t stop at the border, and these upgrades to the port of entry will ensure a more efficient and secure flow of people between our two countries that will make border communities safer and facilitate greater economic activity.”
"Safe, secure and efficient ports are critical to growing Arizona jobs and our economy," said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. "This expansion is an essential improvement that will help achieve those goals while also improving the flow of commerce and people at the San Luis I Port of Entry."
Located at Highway 95 and International Border in San Luis, AZ, pedestrian traffic at the San Luis I exceeded the screening capacity of the previous facility. As a result, GSA built the new northbound pedestrian annex to expand pedestrian processing capacity. This $6 million project is designed to lower operating and life-cycle costs despite its location in a desert climate. To generate cost savings for the American taxpayer, solar panels, high levels of insulation and use of natural lighting were incorporated into the building along with low-use water fixtures and native landscaping to help the facility thrive in extremely dry conditions.
On Monday, September 24, 2018, CBP began pedestrian-processing operations at the new pedestrian annex building. The San Luis I LPOE is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for northbound travelers into the U.S. CBP processes pedestrians including Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI), Ready Lane, and general traffic.
Speakers at the celebration included: U.S. Senator Jon Kyl; U.S. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva; Mayor Gerardo Sanchez, City of San Luis, Ariz.; Mayor Santos Gonzalez Yescas, City of San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico; Mr. Juan Ciscomani, Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, State of Arizona (representing Arizona Governor Doug Ducey); GSA Pacific Rim Regional Administrator Tom Scott; and U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Luis Area Port Director John A. Schwamm.
The San Luis I LPOE is the second busiest non-commercial port in Arizona, processing more than 3 million vehicles and 2.5 million pedestrians each year. The port of entry was originally constructed as a multimodal port for commercial and non-commercial crossing. In 2010, commercial operations shifted to a new port referred to as San Luis II LPOE, located approximately eight miles to the east of San Luis I.
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