Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mr. Roboto hired by US Customs in Big Bend Natl Park in Texas

From The Alamo's City KENS TV

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas — A new border crossing in far West Texas will rely on technology to screen people traveling between the U.S. and Mexico.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers viewing documents won't be on site, but stationed miles away at another location.

The automated border crossing is at the port of entry inside Big Bend National Park.
Visitors to Big Bend National Park are attracted by the beauty and the border. The Rio Grande divides the United States and Mexico here. Generations of park visitors used to make day trips across the river to the little Mexican village of Boquillas.

That boat ride across the border will begin again this spring when the federal government reopens a border crossing in the isolated national park.

"It is considered a benefit both for tourists and the scientific community to be able to cross here," said Big Bend National Park spokesman David Elkowitz.

The customs officers viewing those documents won't be stationed on this stretch of border, but rather miles away. The automated crossing is a first for the Southwest border.

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