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CBP chief to address risks to illegal immigration

July 3, 2014

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues his South Texas tour by discussing a new program aiming to protect those entering the country illegally from life-threatening injuries.

CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW’-skee) is to hold a Thursday news conference in Laredo to outline the South Texas Safety Initiative. CBP aims for the program to be a comprehensive, corridor strategy utilizing risk-based analysis to reduce life-threatening injuries. It’s also intended to assess the South Texas corridor for areas identified as high risk for immigrants entering the country illegally, as well as law enforcement and border residents

On Wednesday, the commissioner detailed a Dangers Awareness Campaign that will advertise two points: The trip to the United States is extremely dangerous, and immigrants who complete it won’t be allowed to stay.

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