Port Director Petra Horne formally took command of the Brownsville Port of Entry in a change of command ceremony Monday morning. Although Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske appointed Horne port director in June 2014 , she formally took command at the ceremony. Horne’s three children led those in attendance in reciting the pledge of allegiance.
“One of my goals is to bring economic growth to the Brownsville and Mexico area and we need everyone to work together to build that growth,” Horne said.
“I am excited to return to the Rio GrandeValley and to serve as Port Director for the Brownsville Port of Entry. I look forward to applying the knowledge I have gained and bring the experiences I have garnered in my 26 years of federal government service back to the Brownsville Port of Entry,” Horne said.
Horne explained that a successful Port of Entry must be an integral part of its surrounding communities. Eduardo Perez, CBP supervisor and public affairs liaison, said that as port director Horne will oversee the day-to-day operations of the only port of entry in the U.S that includes all modes of transportation at the four international border crossings, an international airport, seaport and rail bridge.

Christina R. Garza