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Ramey Border Patrol Sector celebrates 25 years in Puerto Rico
Published on October 6, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- The Ramey Sector of US Border Patrol on Friday celebrated 25 years of service to protect the coastal borders in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

“During these 25 years our Border Patrol Agents remain vigilant and committed to addressing all transnational threats in the Caribbean along with all our law enforcement partners”, stated Ramiro Cerrillo, chief patrol agent at the Ramey Sector.

In the 1980s, residents of the western coast of the island witnessed a seemingly non-stop inflow of wooden makeshift vessels, known as “yolas”, arriving at any time of the day filled with numerous migrants.

Local news stories also briefed how many of these unseaworthy vessels capsized in the treacherous and shark infested waters of the Mona Passage; the cross-current 80 mile stretch of water that separates the island of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.

Noting how these incursions was becoming a significant problem, after a petition from the government of Puerto Rico; the United States Congress approved the establishment in the western coast of the island of a Border Patrol Sector of the former US Immigration and Naturalization Service. In March 2003, the US Border Patrol became part of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Initially known as the Mayaguez Border Patrol Sector, changing its name to Ramey, it opened on October 5, 1987, on a 3.3-acre site at the former Ramey Air Force Base, which was deactivated and closed in 1974. A total of seventeen agents and two pilots were originally assigned to the sector.

The Border Patrol is the mobile uniformed law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was officially established on May 28, 1924, by an act of Congress passed in response to increasing illegal immigration.

The priority mission of the Border Patrol is preventing terrorists and terrorists’ weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, from entering the United States. While the Border Patrol has changed dramatically since its inception over 86 years ago, its primary mission remains unchanged: to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States. Together with other law enforcement officers, the Border Patrol helps maintain borders that work -- facilitating the flow of legal immigration and goods while preventing the illegal trafficking of people and contraband
 
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