Douglas' Port Director Mike Humphries, Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega Jr. and Agua Prieta, Sonora Mayor Irma Villalobos de Teran met Oct. 25 to discuss implementation of the SENTRI program at the Douglas Port of Entry. Submitted Photo
SENTRI will provide expedited customs and border protection processing for pre-approved trusted travelers. Participants in the SENTRI program will wait shorter periods of time than those in regular lanes waiting to enter the United States, even at the busiest time of day.
According to a press release provided to the media the U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with the City of Douglas, H. Ayuntamiento de Agua Prieta, and Aduanas de Mexico have made a strong commitment to execute the required strategies and infrastructure improvements to bring SENTRI lane project into fruition in a relatively short period of time.
During this meeting, both Mayor Ortega and Presidenta Villalobos emphasized that Douglas-Agua Prieta Land Port of Entry represents a key element in the short and long term economic and community sustainability of both cities and the region as a whole.
Douglas’ City Manager Carlos De La Torre said the program was discussed and approved in concept.
“We still need to go over a lot of details in terms of infrastructure and non-infrastructure improvements that need to be made at the Douglas POE and in Agua Prieta before it can be implemented,” he said. “This was first step in the implementation process.”