Built in the late 1900’s, the Baton Rouge Station was established to prevent desertions and illegal entry into the United States among alien crewman serving on foreign ships. The station was and is to this day engaged in anti-smuggling operations, employer sanctions investigations, apprehension of aliens identified as criminals, and transportation checks of ships entering the port. The stations area of responsibility is an area encompassing the central and northern parts of Louisiana.
The highway system surrounding Baton Rouge—a major port—is extensive and while built for the transportation of cargo around the nation is an excellent conduit into the country for smugglers and human traffickers.
Initially, the station was under the general supervision of the Border Patrol and on-the-job-training was the accepted method of preparing new agents for duty.
The station was closed during the Great Depression due to monetary problems but was reopened during World War Two to deter enemy agents from entering the country.
The station was closed again after the war and was not reopened until 1958 when the sheer numbers of deserting alien crewman illegally entering the United States became a major issue.
Today, after 911, the station operates at full potential to prevent illegal aliens from entering the country and in fact handles the full battery of Border Patrol responsibilities. Anti-terrorism is a major part of the station’s duties.