Santa Teresa, N.M. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection named Charles L. Wright as its new CBP Port Director at the Santa Teresa (N.M.) port of entry. He replaces Guillermo Rivas, who became the Border Security Coordinator in the El Paso Field Office.
"This presents a great opportunity for me to serve and protect our nation at another level," said CBP Santa Teresa Port Director Charles Wright. "I am also looking forward to the homeland security challenges specific to the Santa Teresa corridor of Southern New Mexico."
Mr. Wright comes to Santa Teresa from the Columbus port of entry. Mr. Wright began his career in 1988. His career path took him from the Presidio, Texas port to the Columbus port, then on to the Santa Teresa port. He had the opportunity to work in many areas, including contraband enforcement team leader; seized property custodian; field training officer; National Treasury Employee Union (NTEU) steward; supervisory inspector; acting port director and assistant port director for trade.
"I really value my time at each stop along the way, and that includes my time spent in Presidio and West Texas. I will always appreciate the great support I had from my law enforcement colleagues and the community in the Columbus/Deming area," he added.
The Santa Teresa POE is an 18-hour operation located just west of El Paso, and approximately 65 mile east of Columbus, N.M. During the last fiscal year (2009), the port processed approximately 424,800 northbound cars; 39,038 northbound pedestrians and 51,276 northbound commercial trucks.
"Mr. Wright's background working at dynamic ports of entry in various locations will serve him well as he assumes a greater level of leadership," said Ana Hinojosa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection director of field operations in El Paso.
Aside from his background with the agency, Mr. Wright also earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas in Austin, along with a Master's Degree in foreign language education at the same institution. He is married and has three children.
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.