Category Archives: US-Mexican Border

Tijuana Sewage Flows Untreated

                       by Staff Environmental Editor, Zoilo Zorillo  pepelepew

video of slightly treated sewage flowing like a waterfall from a southwestern Tijuana treatment plant as it arrives at the beach at Punta Bandera has gone viral, with more than a half million views – and more than a thousand comments about where the sewage ends up.

“People in Mexico care about this extreme environment degradation,” says Paloma Aguirre, Coastal and Marine Director for Wildcoast, an environmental group that works on clean water and ocean conservation on both sides of the U.S. Mexico border. “This is nothing new, but whenever there’s a south swell, it ends up in Imperial Beach.”

Comments on the video shot by Arnoldo Astorga include outrage at the government for allowing harm to the ocean and environment, as well as some that indicate local residents went to see for themselves and were disgusted. Astorga responded to comments saying that people must call on their government to stop dumping sewage on the beaches.

Beaches from the border to north Imperial Beach were under a county Department of Health advisory for the second day Thursday.

County spokesman Gig Conaughton provided a written statement indicating the county is testing the water after receiving reports from locals.

“You smell it and know instantly what it was,” an Imperial Beach lifeguard said.

Aguirre said she also caught wind of it and headed to Mexico to see it again firsthand.

Wildcoast has been saying for years that the sewage plant where this ‘waterfall’ originated is overwhelmed and barely maintained. Water officials who toured the San Antonio de Los Buenos treatment plant in 2016 found that just three of the 150 aerators were functional.

David Gibson, executive officer of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board said that what surprised him in the video was the local reaction.

“Punta Bandera and several other private sewage discharge points a major factor in coastal water quality especially on south swell days like we’re seeing now,” he said. “But it’s interesting seeing local reactions in the video.”

The never-ending onslaught of sewage from Mexico has only recently garnered a commitment from CESPT (Tijuana’s commission for public services) for $4.3 million of sewage treatment upgrades. Many on the U.S. side of the border have long felt Tijuana lacks the political will to fix the plant.

“The Punta Bandera treatment plant is well over capacity and CESPT hasn’t committed to upgrades,” Aguirre said. “The exceedance is so consistent and constant that three beaches adjacent to the plant are permanently closed.”

About 25 million gallons of untreated or lightly treated sewage — 25 million gallons — get dumped in the ocean, every day, Aguirre said.

Last year, the Tijuana commission announced a plan that would commit hundreds of millions to upgrading sewage handling, from replacing broken or old pipes to upgrades at the Punta Bandera plant. It’s not clear if the money was ever allocated.

Calls and emails to CESPT’s public affairs office garnered no response over a two-day period.

Wildcoast Executive Director Serge Dedina, mayor of Imperial Beach, has led South Bay cities and the Port of San Diego in suing the International Boundary and Water Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency over the spills on land from the San Ysidro Port of Entry to the ocean.

Last year, Dedina, City Councilman David Alvarez and mayors from three South Bay cities put the North American Development Bank on notice that the desalination plant it plans to finance in Rosarito will be receiving water that includes Punta Bandera waste. Ocean swells normally carry the sewage south, rather than north.

Bajadock: My map shows the location of the treatment plant and the downhill flow to the beach at K19 of the TJ Toll Road, adjacent to Real Del Mar Golf Course community and San Antonio del Mar community. This spot is only 6 miles south of the border. Tweet below with head on photo is from Imperial Beach mayor Serge Dedina.

tijuananoticias.blogspot has the 2010 article on the sewage treatment plant construction

This is the Punta Banderas toxic sewage river that is killing ocean water quality in the border region. It must be a priority for eliminating immediately br .


San Ysidro Ready Lanes 2018

by Traffic Editor Quincy Quiebra……………. 

The key to accessing the San Ysidro Ready Lanes(Requires Passport Card or SENTRI Card) is knowing where to cross the TJ Rio and how to back track from your choice of bridges to the Via Rapida Orienta(aka VRO).  VRO is the 5 lane, one way street that is immediately adjacent to the RIO.

Every time I produce a border routing map, I wonder how anyone could possibly get it right on their first try.  Your chances increase if you have a good navigator traveling with you.

Coming from TJ Playas/Toll Road along the TJ Rio, as the road bends from east to southeast, pick the left lane in photo 1.

If you prefer entering from Calle Segunda(second street), you will be at this spot, aka The TJ NO-K Corral.  It is NOT OK, because a false move into the wrong lane will put a hurt on your travel day. Choose the far left lane from NO-K Corral and you will merge with Step/Photo #1 above.


CAUTION!!!…In 1/2 mile from Photo 1, you will be at this optional right turn.  I have it in caution yellow here and on overview map on top, because taking a right turn here, U-turning at the Independence(aka Scissors) roundabout and crossing the bridge sometimes will provide traffic problems and police tape cut-offs.  I have experienced Ready Lane backups past the Nissan Dealership, so good luck nosing your car into the correct lane. The 2017 Google Earth image that I am using for this post has the lineup 600 yards past Nissan and, from the shadows, appears to be a mid afternoon shot.

PREFER STEP 3, adding 5 worthwhile minutes to your trip.


In 1 mile from Step 1, you will need the right lane and turn right here.  Notice concrete barrier between left lanes and right lanes on this one way blvd.  Get to the right side of barrier.


Showing Step 3 right turn here and your route to enter the Big Chief(Cuauhtemoc) roundabout and U turn onto the Cuauhtemoc bridge.  Stick on the outer edge(third lane from center) of the roundy and you will be fine.  Check out the funky sink hole on the bridge, left side of photo…just my PC doing tricks on Google Earth.


Coming out of the roundabout, choose the third lane from left onto bridge.  You will see plenty of taxis and cars using FAR right lane.  Do NOT pick far right lane.  Lane # 3 is your spot.


On the other side of the bridge, staying in right lane, you will turn right, and make another quick right.  This U turn will bring you along the CFE(electric company) property. The inset photo shows how you are going to circumnavigate CFE.


Here is the alley that runs along the CFE property. I will confess how I discovered this route.  Last year when I was needing the Ready Lane for approx 6 weeks, I noticed several California plated vehicles make this turn into the alley.  Checked out the map and tried it soon after.  Yipee, because the other backtrack to get the other side of this bridge and access the Via Rapida Oriente is not easy.


At the end of the CFE property, you turn right onto Via Rapida Oriente(VRO).  Notice a concrete divider in the middle of the VRO. After your right turn here in step #8, you will need to find one of the crossover openings to get to the left 3 lanes.


Get to the LEFT side of the concrete divider ASAP.  This is another reason NOT to choose optional step #2 bridge crossing…need room to get through the two or three openings in the divider. Choose the MIDDLE LANE once on the left side of the divider.


FELICIDADES/CONGRATS.  This was one of my early morning Ready Lane crossings last year to catch a flight to Reno in September.  Thanks to friends who gave me several huge assists on this trip including a vehicle rental and a garage for airport parking. This was approx 05:15 on a Friday morning.  Thirty five minute wait was not too bad.

Six SENTRI, ten Ready and six regular lanes were available this September morning.  They adjust these lanes as traffic changes.

Choosing the Ready Lanes vs. the Regular Lanes is a coin flip on which is faster.  Sundays and Monday morning(and Tuesday mornings after Monday U.S. holidays) are always slow in Reg and Ready.  Slow can be 2-3 hours, zzz!

This is not the only way to Ready Lanes, but, I’m recommending it to minimize TJ traffic variables.

If you don’t know how to get from the Toll Road to step1 of Ready Lanes, here is your bonus map showing the 270 degree turn(looks like an upside down #4) at the “San Diego/Zona Rio” exit…

Mexican Crime Strategy Fail

The Mexican government seems to have a unique strategy to fight organized crime: cutting off the heads of the main capos, which has not only has failed, but has left a country of death.

This is stated in the report ” Drug Violence in Mexico, ” conducted by Justice in Mexico , which explores the roots and consequences of 2017, the year with the highest number of intentional homicides committed in Mexico and which placed Tijuana as the city with the most murders in the country.

Justice in Mexico is a research program hosted at the University of San Diego, focused on designing strategies to improve citizen security, strengthen the rule of law and protect human rights in Mexico.

In this installment, Laura Calderón, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David Shirk explain how the empowerment of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the fragmentation and weakening of the Sinaloa Cartel unleashed the worst wave of homicides seen in the country.

They also analyze the circumstances of the violence focused on drug trafficking corridors, the scenario facing the presidential elections of 2018 and a possible change in bi national cooperation in matters of public security between Mexico and the United States.

In an interview with ZETA , David Shirk, director of Justice in Mexico and one of the authors of the report, explains: “If they want to stop or face organized crime, you have to cut the whole body of the monster, not just the head.”


From the outset, the researchers address how in the first five years of Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration (2012-2017) an average of 23 thousand 293 homicides per year have been recorded, or 64 murders per day, which represents an increase of 20 percent with respect to the six-year term of Felipe Calderón.

Specifically, 2017 closed with 27,734 people murdered, 19% more than in 2016, and the State that registered the highest increase in homicides was Baja California, the study indicates. When talking about municipalities, more homicides occurred in Tijuana than in any other city in Mexico.

However, when studying not the figure by itself, but in relation to the percentage, the study reveals that the entities with the greatest increase are Nayarit, with 554% more homicides, and Baja California Sur with 192%.

“The deterioration of security conditions in the last three years has been an important setback for President Enrique Peña Nieto, who promised to reduce violence. In addition, Peña Nieto’s low levels of approval during his first five years as President are due, in part, to the perception of handling cases of crime, violence and corruption, “the report said.

The research also compares this violence to other countries in Latin America, and while there are nations with the highest number of homicides, Mexico exceeds the total number of homicides in Belize, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica.

In addition, the number of homicides in Mexico exceeds that of the United States, a country with almost three times the population. The comparisons are a sample of how Mexico concentrates a large part of the violence, since one in every eight homicides in the Western Hemisphere was committed in this country.

Registries of Justice in Mexico also indicate that, in 2017, 75% of homicide victims are men, while the average age of the victims is 33 years.

According to the study, between a third and a half of these homicides are attributed to drug trafficking cartels and other organized crime groups, since they have characteristics such as executions, multiple victims and attackers, the use of high-caliber weapons, messages left by the perpetrators, dismemberment, beheading, clandestine graves, among others.

On the other hand, the researchers point out: “There is a concern that, given the high levels of crime in Mexico, candidates will feel pressured to take a stand on these issues and may be targets of violence” with respect to this year’s elections.


In the most violent year in Mexico, one in every 20 homicides in Mexico occurred in Tijuana, concludes the report ” The Resurgence of Criminal Violence in Tijuana ” by the authors Jaime Arredondo Sanchez Lira, Zulia Orozco, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David Shirk

This report is taken up in the national investigation of violence to explain how Tijuana returned to be the city with the highest number of homicides in the country, a place it had in 2007.

In 2017, records from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System indicated that in this city, 1,780 people were murdered, that is, an increase of 86% in just one year.

When the researchers paid attention to the geographical areas where there were more homicides, they located several clusters of violence: East Zone (which includes the La Presa, La Presa Este and Otay delegations), as well as Sánchez Taboada and Centro.

Only 20% of the homicides were concentrated in 850 colonias, the main ones being Camino Verde with 75, Zona Norte with 49 and Centro with 32.

According to the researchers, the social consequences of this violence “has affected young and poor men in areas of middle and lower class, who are the main perpetrators and targets of these murders and who are often the product of what sociologists and criminologists they call ‘social disorganization’, due to the presence of family violence, substance abuse, lack of educational opportunities, among others. ”

Therefore, as part of their recommendations, they suggest a program that addresses social and economic marginalization through development programs, implementing community policies in the most violent areas of the city, and even other measures such as improving public transportation and accessibility. to the colonies, in addition to the recovery and creation of public spaces.


At the national level, investigators identified two main targets of drug trafficking: journalists, three times more likely to be killed than other occupations in society in general, and mayors, 12 times more likely to be victims of murder.

The study details that from 2005 to 2017, 152 municipal presidents, either as candidates, in functions or even former mayors, have been murdered in the country. In geographical terms, the mayors riddled with bullets are on the other extreme than executions for organized crime.

While homicides have been concentrated in two main narco-trafficking corridors: the northern border, composed of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas; as well as in the Pacific: Sinaloa, Nayarit, Michoacán and Guerrero. The largest number of murdered politicians is concentrated in southern states such as Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Michoacán.

Of the 21 homicides of mayors registered in 2017 (nine were in office), eight belonged to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), twenty were killed by gunshots and one of their throats cut.


The study also retakes the empowerment of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) as one of the premises to explain the resurgence of violence in Mexico. Researchers had already warned of this from 2016 and 2017, when it became more evident the strengthening of this organization led by Ruben Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as “El Mencho”.

The CJNG “has taken advantage of the power gaps resulting from the breakdown of structures of organized crime leaders,” specifically the blows to La Familia Michoacana, Los Caballeros Templarios, Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, which have created opportunities for the CJNG to expand and grow.

These proposals are taken from the publication ” The New Generation: The Threat of Emerging Organized Crime in Mexico”, a report signed by Lucy de la Rosa and David Shirk, which warns that the CJNG has reached a level of power equal to or greater than that of the Sinaloa Cartel.

With a presence in 21 states of the country, including Mexico City, the CJNG has been able to strengthen the capture and re-apprehension of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a direct consequence of the strategy of arresting capos, ” what has contributed to the fragmentation, transformation and diversification of organized crime groups in Mexico and the entry to areas such as the trafficking of heroin, methamphetamines and other synthetic drugs. ”

In the same way, the researchers ponder Jalisco’s strategies, such as the alliances they form with local groups. One of the examples was his approach with the Arellano Felix Cartel in Tijuana to use this point of transfer and fight the cells of Sinaloa.


The study insists that the strategy of capturing only drug lords is counterproductive, not only because it does not dismantle the attacked organization, but because it allows the proliferation of cells that manage to separate from the cartel and become rivals.

Therefore, instead of continuing with this strategy, the experts recommend strengthening the capacity of the public security and justice corporations to conduct long-term and wide-ranging investigations that allow for more effective criminal proceedings, including the imputation of corrupt politicians and entrepreneurs linked to money laundering.

At the same time, that the government contributes with greater educational and labor opportunities for those who are at the bottom of the economic spectrum, which often leads them to get involved in violent criminal activities, especially in men.

In addition to this, the researchers insist that the government develop better monitoring of violence related to organized crime, improve judicial processes, work on special measures to address political violence and reinvigorate anti-corruption efforts, in addition to addressing the drug problem as a public health issue, among other recommendations.

“There is evidence that the crisis of violence that Mexico has gone through has had a cost in growth, investments, in reducing the viability of the market and compromises the security and integrity of officials, threatens journalism and freedom of expression, while reducing trust in institutions, which results in and undermines democratic governance in Mexico, “the study concludes.

“The strategy of hitting the bosses has had very negative effects, not contemplated. We need to stop not only the capo of an organization, but have all the evidence and research and all the necessary capacity to search for various elements at all levels of the organization, if not, the capo goes and the new one goes up; or worse, it fragments and they fight between themselves, “David Shirk, director of Justice in Mexico , warns in an interview .

The expert in public security points out that before the election of July 1, in which more than 3 thousand public offices will be elected, “if we see changes at the federal, state and local levels, those changes will definitely break some ties and agreements established with organized crime and may give rise to more problems of violence. ”

Finally, he thinks about the relationship between Mexico and the United States to fight organized crime: “I am worried that in the coming years, if things continue as they did in the last year, we will see less coordination and more difficulty for the two countries. They need to work together. “

Uber Emergency Button


It will serve as a test program in this entity.

The Uber platform as of May 2 began to test an SOS button in the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, which may be used if there is an emergency in a trip with the application.

The SOS button can be found inside the trip information, where it says ’emergency’.

By selecting the option, you will be able to call local authorities directly (911), so that the user can report the incident that threatens their safety or that of the driver quickly and easily.

In addition, Uber will receive an alert to initiate the internal incident support process.

In Baja California there have been assaults, armed robberies, as well as the murder of a woman who was a Uber member.

Border Asylum Seekers

Drug Tunnel of the Month


They secured three subjects with guns and drugs.

As a result of research and intelligence work by the State Preventive Police (PEP) in coordination with the Federal Police and the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), the location of an alleged tunnel in the Santa Clara neighborhood was achieved for the transfer of drugs to the United States, as well as the insurance of three subjects.

According to the police report, the elements had reports that in the Aguascalientes alley, at the address marked with number 2261 of the Santa Clara neighborhood, suspicious activity was recorded, so they moved to conduct several surveillance tours, where moments later They located a couple of subjects outside a home and they were uploading various suspicious packages to a cargo vehicle (dompe type).

Immediately the elements descended from the unit and intervened to the individuals who identified themselves as Jorge Luis “N”, 32 years old, Enedino “N”, 39 years old and José Antonio “N”, 23 years old who were made a body review without finding anything illegal.

After conducting an inspection inside the cargo vehicle agents found a pair of plastic boxes which contained various wrappings with a granulated white substance apparently of the synthetic drug known as “ice” which threw a weight approximately 460 grams.

According to the detainees, the address was used for the transportation of drugs to the United States.

The officers of the PEP notified the facts to the corresponding authority and for security they established a custody operation in the area.

The possible presence of material and the tunnel inside the shelter is presumed, so that until now the Judge is awaiting the release of the search warrant.

Asylum Seekers in Tijuana

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About 170 migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers have arrived in Tijuana, joining about nearly 200 others on their final stop before entering the United States.

Three tourist buses were guarded by a Mexican police escort on a curvy, mountainous road from the Mexican border city of Mexicali.

Lawyers planned free workshops on the U.S. immigration system on Friday and Saturday in Tijuana. Many planned to seek asylum starting Sunday at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing, the nation’s busiest.

Migrant shelters in Tijuana’s Zona Norte neighborhood, home to the many of the city’s seedy bars and bordellos, were full. That forced organizers to look elsewhere for temporary housing, said Leonard Olsen of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, a group leading the effort.

Migrants who stayed overnight at a shelter in Mexicali were tired from the long journey and nervous about the possibility of being detained in the U.S. but also knowledgeable about their rights to seek protection from persecution in their home countries, Olsen said. Many Central American asylum seekers say they face death threats by criminal gangs in their homelands.

“This is a moment that will change their lives,” Olsen said in Mexicali, as he waited for the buses to arrive a few hours behind schedule.

Caravans have been a fairly common tactic for advocacy groups to bring attention to asylum-seekers and the latest group pales in size compared to previous border surges, but it gained huge visibility after President Donald Trump unleashed strong criticism from the moment it began March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border.

Asylum-seekers rest in tents in Tijuana, April 24, 2018.


Asylum-seekers rest in tents in Tijuana, April 24, 2018.

The caravan drew as many as 1,000 people as it crossed Mexico as Trump and top aides portrayed them as a significant threat and evidence of a dysfunctional border.

Trump cited the caravan as justification for the border wall he wants to build on Thursday, even though the asylum-seekers plan to turn themselves in to border inspectors and are legally entitled to seek protection. He said he ordered the Homeland Security Department to “stop the caravan” but that more needs to be done.

“We need a strong, impenetrable WALL that will end this problem once and for all,” he wrote to campaign supporters.

Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said late Wednesday that any person trying to cross into the U.S. who makes false claims to immigration authorities will subject to criminal prosecution. She said prosecution was also possible for any people who might assist or coach immigrants to make false claims in bids to enter the U.S.

Nielsen’s threat is consistent with the administration’s narrative of widespread asylum fraud and claims that asylum-seekers are coached on what to tell U.S. authorities. The secretary also said asylum seekers in the caravan should seek protection in the first safe country they reach, including Mexico.

The U.S. government is marshaling resources to ensure that cases are promptly decided, Nielsen said. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he may assign additional immigration judges to handle cases involving members of the caravan.

As Sunday’s showdown at the busy Tijuana-San Diego border crossing neared, Amnesty International hoisted a billboard promoting the right to asylum in the U.S. on a truck in Tijuana that drove around the city.

Asylum-seekers rest in tents in Tijuana, April 24, 2018.


Asylum-seekers rest in tents in Tijuana, April 24, 2018.

Four locations in Tijuana were being set up for lawyers to tell the migrants what they should expect when they turn themselves in to U.S. custody for questioning by immigration officers.

It is unclear how many people will eventually petition for asylum. Jose Maria Garcia Lara, president of the Juventud 2000 shelter in Tijuana, said about 35 percent of more than 100 people on a Central American caravan last November decided to stay in Tijuana.

The Juventud 2000 shelter, on the edge of Tijuana’s red-light district, was filled with colorful dome-shaped tents and was housing more than 150 people on Thursday.

Guatemalan Ignacio Villatoro, 41, said Trump’s rhetoric about the caravan saddened him because he felt it might lessen chances of getting asylum for himself, his wife and four children. He still plans to attempt on Sunday.

“God is just and powerful,” he said, lingering outside his tent. “A miracle is going to touch the hearts of immigration agents and the president.”

The Villatoros fled a town near the Mexican border for reasons Ignacio declined to discuss because he said he feared for his family’s safety.

They hope to join relatives in Los Angeles, where he said his children could learn English, go to school, play in parks and buy toys — luxuries that are out of reach to them in Guatemala.

Border Handcuff Update

Yesterday, I went to the Otay SENTRI office, to investigate what caused my 70 minute handcuff and ankle bracelet detention on April 18, 2018 at San Ysidro Border Crossing.

When wronged by authority/law enforcement, which type are you?

  1. Need to investigate all, no expense/energy spared. Someone is going to pay for this atrocity
  2.  Modest amount of energy, need to find out why, but gotta roll with punches
  3.  As long as it doesn’t happen again, I’m all puppies and rainbows

Put me in category 2 at this point.  I’m hoping I will find out why my perfectly clean record and always humble demeanor via several hundred border crossings caused last week’s cuffed detention.

Arrived at Otay SENTRI crossing Thursday 26 April at 8AM to the longest line I have ever encountered.  The queue wrapped around Blvd Bellas Artes east for approx 1/4 mile.  Good news was that it was only a 20 minute wait.

Guard waved me through rapidly, no questions, no delay.

Arrived at SENTRI office reception at 8:30 and was treated well.  Guy that could be Seinfeld’s Newman character’s younger brother gleefully helped me.  They had my paper file waiting and took my passport book and SENTRI card and driver’s license.

The SENTRI office at Otay is very much like a DMV office.  Seating is for approx 40 and it was packed this morning.  BTW, all of the CBP staff here have pistols. My wait was exactly 70 minutes.

Because SENTRI incorrectly typed in my birth year as 2013, I would need a new SENTRI card.  Great!  Let’s get one.  Well, the Otay SENTRI office can’t do this.  I needed to go online to the “replace card” section of the ttp.cbp.dhs website.

And I will be without a SENTRI card and unable to use the SENTRI lane for approx 1 week waiting for the new document.

BONUS:  Because of SENTRI’s clerical error, I get to pay them an extra $25USD for processing.  I found the “ask for refund” section on the ttp.cbp.dhs site and wrote “Why are you rewarded for your clerical error and I am punished?”.  Guessing this will land me back in the detention box soon!

When at Otay SENTRI office I told my handcuff detention story to my CBP “officer”.  She was very professional and said that nothing in my record indicated any problem. They have the same screen info that the border crossing booths display.

I have a FOIA request at CBP asking why I was detained.  But, these typically take 3 months.  I’m guessing I will never know the reason for my thrill in the “hielera” at San Ysidro.

Migrants at Border

CBP Traveler History Resource

Bajadock: This travel history thingy would be very interesting.  But, I’m waiting to hear from anyone if they can retrieve their info as instructed in this cbp page.  Several have emailed me the same results as mine…NADA…
Release Date:
April 30, 2014

Customs and Border Protection launched a new webpage on May 1 that offers nonimmigrant U.S. visitors access to their I-94 arrival/departure record and their arrival/departure history.

The new CBP webpage allows nonimmigrant travelers to access arrival/departure records going back five years from the request date. This electronic travel-history function means that travelers may no longer need to file Freedom of Information Act requests to receive their arrival/departure history, greatly speeding their process. Travelers will have electronic access to the date and port of entry of their arrivals and departures.

When travelers visit the I-94 webpage they can retrieve their I-94 arrival/departure record number and five-year travel history by entering the required name, date of birth, and passport information.

Clicking on “Get Most Recent I-94” will return the I-94 number, most recent date of entry, class of admission and admit-until date. The information does not reflect changes of status, extension of stay or adjustments of status granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Travelers then have the option to print the record.

Clicking on “Get Travel History” will return their five-year travel history based on their I-94 records, which they also can print.

Travelers can also cancel pending Freedom of Information Act requests for travel history information—after they have received the information from the new website—by adding their FOIA Request Number and clicking on “Request FOIA Cancellation” button.

CBP began the online version of Form I-94 in April 2013. The positive public response to that streamlining prompted the agency to offer travel histories online as well.

If a traveler has lost a paper form I-94 that was issued prior to the online system and the record is not available online, the traveler can file a Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Non-Immigrant Arrival-Departure Document, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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