CBP Announces New Port Director for San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Passenger Ports of Entry
SAN DIEGO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that Sidney K. Aki, has been selected as the new port director for the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger ports of entry.
Aki, a career federal law enforcement officer with 17 years' experience in managing programs related to border processing of international travelers, began his new role in San Diego on Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Prior to his new assignment, Aki served as the CBP port director of the Laredo port of entry, in Laredo, TX, since July 2011. He provided leadership to approximately 1,000 employees including the operational and administrative oversight of six major operational locations in the State of Texas.
The Laredo port of entry processes the most commercial truck traffic on the U.S.-Mexico border; in fiscal year 2012, the port inspected over 3 million pedestrians, over 1.7 million commercial trucks, 4.8 million privately owned vehicles, 39,862 commercial buses, 392,084 rail cars, and 3,364 commercial aircrafts.
Aki brings to the key San Diego position in-depth experience in overseeing passenger and cargo operations, as policy advisor for the Under Secretary of Policy, Department of Homeland Security and other critical positions at CBP headquarters. He provided assistance and oversight in the development of policy for border security related issues, and invaluable front-line experience.
He began his distinguished federal career in 1996 as an Immigration Inspector with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Calexico port of entry.
As the port director of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport from September 2006 to September 2008, Aki managed an operating budget of over $10 million, and directed the activities of over 260 employees. His responsibilities included oversight of the operational activities at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Oakland-Pontiac Airport, Lansing International Airport, Grand Rapids International Airport, Battle-Creek Airport and the Willow Run Airport.
In September of 2008, Aki has served as the Assistant Director, Border Security at the Detroit Field Office where he assisted with the operational oversight of seven major ports of entry in the State of Michigan, including the direction of more than 1,300 employees, and oversight of all anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling initiatives; traveler admissibility policies; managing passenger operations (air, sea, and land); non-intrusive inspection technology; liaison with public/private stakeholders; and intelligence gathering and operations to ensure optimal border integrity.
Aki believes in building a solid foundation of an efficient "teamwork" concept throughout his workforce. He believes in leading by example and providing clear and concise direction toward attainable goals, which are commensurate with the mission of CBP to effectively secure our Nation's borders, while at the same time facilitating legitimate trade and travel into the United States.
"I am committed to securing these two very busy and important border crossing by leveraging technology to efficiently secure this country and improve the border crossing experience," said Aki. "This means segmenting low risk travelers for faster processing, leveraging our intelligence to detect high risk people and items, and working with our partners on both sides of the border to ensure that when we interdict illegal activity, the persons responsible face consequences for their actions."
As the port director, Aki is responsible for overseeing the processing of more than 40,000 vehicles, 25,000 pedestrians, and 200 buses daily. He manages the largest land border crossing in the nation at the San Ysidro port of entry, and one in every six persons entering the U.S. does so through either the San Ysidro or Otay Mesa ports of entry.
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.