Border Patrol to host town hall meeting

Published on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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UPDATE 2/14/2011: Because of overwhelming public interest, the U.S. Border Patrol town hall meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 16 has been relocated to the Blaine school district's Performing Arts Center (PAC) in order to accommodate all who wish to attend. The PAC is located at 1055 H Street in Blaine. Also, it is no longer necessary to RSVP to this event. 


Residents living near the international boundary with Canada are invited to a town hall meeting with senior officials of the U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Sector and Office of Air and Marine, Bellingham. 

The meeting comes after a public outcry over a Lynden man charged with allegedly shining a spotlight at a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter in September – a crime punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

The event will begin with a general overview of Border Patrol operations and then open up to questions, concerns and input from the public.

Blaine supervisory Border Patrol agent Richard Sinks said officers will not be commenting on any specific cases but “desire to open further dialog with the community related to any issues they may have,” he said.

For more information, call 332-9255.