I recently called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin to halt the planned re-location of the El Centro Air Branch to Yuma, AZ.
Re-locating the El Centro Air Branch would have a devastating impact on employees, their families and the local community. Closing the branch would mean a less secure border -- this branch has been instrumental in life-saving rescue missions, the interruption of criminal activity and support of counterterrorism efforts. It is critical that we keep this branch in operation.
Nationally, CBP's Office of Air and Marine is the world's largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization. In addition to interdicting any illegal activity that takes place in the seas and skies of southern and central California, the San Diego Air and Marine Branch and El Centro Air Branch perform other missions critical to U.S. security, including: supporting local Border Patrol agents on the ground by providing surveillance; transporting agents to remote locations and acting as a force multiplier supporting interdictions on the ground; assisting other federal law enforcement agencies with surveillance; and other missions in support of CBP, other federal agencies, and other law enforcement organizations.