Brownsville Customs and Border Protection Port Director Michael Freeman Accepts Seattle, Washington Field Office Leadership Position
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Brownsville Port Director Michael Freeman has formally accepted a leadership position at the Seattle, Washington Field Office as Assistant Director of Field Operations for Border Security. In his new post, Freeman will oversee CBP operations and enforcement efforts at 67 ports of entry stretching from the Pacific Ocean across the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota to Grand Portage on Lake Superior. During FY 2013, 1.3 million commercial trucks, 3.3 million cargo containers, 12.1 million automobiles, 15,260 trains, 22,999 international aircraft and 28,218 vessels, ferries and pleasure craft arrived at these ports.
“I would like to thank the community and every one of my officers and staff for their contributions to the success we have had at the Brownsville Port of Entry,” said Brownsville Port Director Michael Freeman. Freeman went on to say, “It has been a true honor and my sincere pleasure to protect our nation and serve the traveling public with the officers and staff at the Brownsville Port of Entry by my side.”
Michael Freeman began his government career with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as a Border Patrol agent in El Centro, Calif. in 1987. Since his initial appointment in El Centro, Mr. Freeman transferred to Calexico, Calif. in 1989 as an Immigration Inspector. In 1990, Mr. Freeman transferred to the Port of Detroit, Michigan as a supervisor. In 1997, Mr. Freeman transferred to Calexico, Calif. as an Assistant Area Port Director. In 1999 he became the Deputy Port Director and in 2001 the Port Director in Calexico. In 2003, Mr. Freeman transferred to the Port of San Luis, Ariz. as the Port Director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Mr. Freeman was named Port Director, for the Brownsville, Texas Port of Entry in December 2006. He oversees four land border crossings, two airports and two seaport operations. In his federal law enforcement career thus far, Mr. Freeman has served more than 27 years with the U.S. government.
Mr. Freeman’s assignments have given him a broad perspective of border management issues. He has an operational understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced every day in making the border safe and secure for America, beginning as an immigration inspector and progressing to port director, first in Calexico and most recently in Brownsville.
Port Director Freeman first came to Brownsville as Port Director (PD) in December 2006, and leaves behind a legacy of change at the Brownsville Port of Entry. Upon his arrival at the Brownsville Port of Entry, PD Freeman initiated cross-training opportunities for CBPOs and staff of all levels, to include passport control training for legacy Customs inspectors and specialized training for agriculture specialists. Working in cooperation with the Government of Mexico, PD Freeman installed a satellite Mexican Consulate Office within the CBP Passport Control lobby at Gateway International Bridge, one of the busiest international crossings in the Rio Grande Valley. The satellite office provides travelers with an opportunity for a representative of the Government of Mexico to immediately address any questions or concerns they may have. Other firsts for the Brownsville Port of Entry under Mr. Freeman’s leadership include the introduction of a Port Chaplain, Port Passenger Service Manager, Port Public Affairs Liaison, Citizens and Media Academies and the reinstatement of the Brownsville Port of Entry Explorer Post 3103.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.