Zone Extended for Border Crossing Card Holders in New Mexico [August 8, 2012]   [open pdf - 158KB]

On August 8, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security issued the following press release: "Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced today the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking which would extend the border zone up to 55 miles, from the current 25 mile restriction, for Border Crossing Card (BCC) holders in the state of New Mexico. This proposed change would allow BCC holders to travel to the towns of Deming and Las Cruces, N.M., stimulating commerce, trade and tourism activity in the area. 'The proposed extension of the border zone in New Mexico, when finalized, will provide significant economic benefits to many of the smaller communities along the border while maintaining ample safeguards to prevent illegal entry into the United States,' said Secretary Napolitano. The elimination of the need for a Form I-94 for New Mexico BCC holders would also decrease the administrative workload for CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] officers at New Mexico ports of entry, allowing CBP to focus resources on those who may pose a higher risk, improving security and efficiency at land border crossings. The current process to obtain a Form I-94 requires a secondary screening with a CBP officer, which includes an interview, fingerprinting, database queries, and paperwork to confirm legitimate travel."

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