Andrade, CA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials announced a new port director for the Andrade port of entry. Port Director David Sarrasin officially assumed his duties on Sunday, June 19.
Sarrasin served in a number of key positions throughout his career. He began his career in 1995 with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service as an immigration inspector at the Calexico port of entry, and was later promoted to supervisory inspector in 2003.
In 2004 he was assigned to the San Luis port of entry in Arizona, and had oversight of the port's canine program. He earned the title of chief Customs and Border Protection officer, a second-line supervisor in 2005. Sarrasin has worked on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, a national program, during a temporary deployment to CBP headquarters in Washington, DC, where he served as a technical consultant during the implementation of a new computer software system to aid CBP officers with performing more rapid inspections.
"I'm pleased to announce the selection of David Sarrasin to the position of port director for the Andrade port of entry," said Chris Maston, Director of Field Operations for San Diego and Imperial Counties. "David has taken on several challenges throughout his career and has risen through the ranks, so I am confident he will provide outstanding leadership in this critical position."
Sarrasin takes responsibility for the staff and operations of a border crossing that ranked 11th in the nation in fiscal year 2010, in terms of pedestrian crossings, where more than 1 million individuals entered.
In fiscal 2010, CBP officers at ports in San Diego and Imperial Counties inspected more than 25 million passenger vehicles, more than 1 million trucks, more than 107,000 buses, and slightly more than 14 million pedestrians entering the U.S.
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.