Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint temporarily closed

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A tractor-trailer rig passes through the U.S. Customs inspection station at Sierra Blanca, east of El Paso, Texas on April 29, 2004. (AP Photo/J.R. Hernandez)

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas (KTSM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed to KTSM Monday that the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Checkpoint is temporarily closed for repairs.

In a statement, a CBP spokesperson Greg Davis said the checkpoint closure was needed for safety and construction upgrades. The upgrades include facility upkeep, re-striping of the pavement and installation of booths to provide additional safety and comfort to Agents working in the field.

“Despite the checkpoint being closed, Border Patrol Agents are out in force patrolling Interstate 10 in conjunction with our law enforcement partners from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office.,” Davis said.

Checkpoints in the El Paso Sector closed over the summer as Border Patrol agents were temporarily reassigned to assist with the influx of migrants to the southern border. The checkpoints in that sector reopened on August 5.

The Sierra Blanca checkpoint is part of the Border Patrol’s Big Bend Sector. CBP has not said when the checkpoint will re-open.

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