Border Patrol station in Riverside to close

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A long-standing Border Patrol station in Riverside will close in the next six months. The move is part of an effort to concentrate immigration enforcement on the border.

The Riverside station officially opened in 1967. Located more than 100 miles north of the Mexico border, this Border Patrol outpost focused on apprehending unauthorized migrants working at area farms or those who had escaped law enforcement.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman says the station is one of nine that will close in California, Texas, Montana and Idaho. Riverside employees will be transferred to a border office.

The decision was made months ago, in an effort to save $1.3 million a year and concentrate federal resources on the border.

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