New U.S. Customs and Border Protection Fabens Port Director Introduced at Change of Command Ceremony
Fabens, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Fabens port director Donna Sifford was formally sworn into office this morning during a CBP Field Operations change of command ceremony. Family, friends, colleagues and local dignitaries gathered as Ms. Sifford recited the oath of office during a ceremony at Fabens High School.
"I am honored to serve as the Fabens port director and look forward to the opportunity to serve along with our exceptionally trained CBP officers as we work hard to secure our borders," said Sifford.
As the Fabens port director, Ms. Sifford will direct operations and enforcement activities at the Fabens port of entry and the Fort Hancock international crossing. Ms. Sifford plans to focus the efforts of her employees to ensure that the agency's primary mission of preventing terrorists or weapons of terror from entering the United States is accomplished on a daily basis.
"I am committed to preventing all potential threats from entering the United States," said Sifford. "My priority is to ensure that we continue providing our officers with the tools and resources necessary to effectively secure our borders and to promote the safety and well being of our port neighbors in Fabens, Fort Hancock and the entire area."
Ms. Sifford is also responsible for all immigration issues related to the admission and exclusion of people applying for entry into the United States. She is also is responsible for customs and agriculture inspections at the ports of entry to ensure that all goods and people entering the United States do so in accordance with U.S. laws and regulations, while ensuring that they are facilitated in their processing to support the global market place and the international tourism industries.
Ms. Sifford began her career with the U.S. Customs Service in May of 1992 following a four year U.S. Air Force enlistment. Her first appointment was as a Canine Enforcement Officer at the El Paso Port of Entry. Ms. Sifford left El Paso to serve as an Instructor/Course Developer at the Canine Enforcement Training Center in Front Royal, Virginia. Ms. Sifford returns to El Paso from CBP Headquarters, where she served as the CBP Program Manager for the Canine Enforcement Program.
Aside from her background with the agency, Ms. Sifford also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business from North Central University.
CBP Field Operations in 2008 adopted formal change of command ceremonies as another way to unify the workforce and highlight the agency mission. Since its inception in March 2003, CBP has developed and implemented standards, policies and symbols to advance the internal and external recognition of the agency and to demonstrate the strides the agency has made as the guardians of the nation's borders. The change of command ceremony is designed to meet those goals.
Although today marked the formal change of command at CBP's Fabens Port of Entry, Ms. Sifford reported to and occupied her new post on October 24. Ms. Sifford replaces Barry Miller who was recently promoted to the position of assistant port director at the El Paso port of entry.