Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Brownsville port of entry celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month with some musical flair and a keynote address given by Texas State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., a native of Brownsville, who was elected to the Texas Senate in November 1990, after having first served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives.
In 1971 Lucio began his public service career as Cameron County Treasurer and later as a Cameron County Commissioner. A member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Lucio also serves as Chairman of the International Relations and Trade Committee. Additionally, he sits on the Senate Committees on Business and Commerce, State Affairs and Government Organization.
The National Hispanic Heritage Month this year is from September 15 through October 15. This year's theme is Heritage, Integrity, Diversity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America." President Barack Obama has called upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
Brownsville Port of Entry Port Director Michael Freeman along with invited guests and CBP officers enjoyed music by UTB/TSC Mariachi Escorpion under the direction of Antonio Briseño, Director of Mariachi Studies at UTB/TSC.
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.