BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port of Brownsville hosted a multicultural diversity celebration titled, “Embracing Diversity,” at the Veterans International Bridge.
“Our diversity at CBP makes us stronger and allows our workforce to develop solutions to new problems, while facilitating legitimate international trade and travel,” said Port Director Petra Horne, “I thank our officers for their commitment and dedication to protect our Nation’s borders.”
The event featured presentations by CBP employees celebrating diversity such as Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic Heritage, Caribbean American, European American, American Indian, Jewish American, LGBT, National Disability, and Women’s Equality. The event also featured keynote speaker Eugene Fernandez from the Brownsville Historical Society who shared some of his experiences and local history.
The event was attended by representatives from Congressman Filemon Vela’s office, Mexican Consul Juan Carlos Cué Vega, United States Consulate General in Matamoros, Enforcement and Removal Operations, CBP Port of Progreso, CBP Port of Hidalgo, and other entities. The event also featured a musical presentation by the daughter of CBP Agriculture Supervisor L. Rowland and the vibrant musical selections by CBP’s outreach band, “Los Federales.”
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.