Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection hosted a Change of Command ceremony in Brownsville today to formally instate Petra Horne as port director for the Brownsville Port of Entry. CBP Director of Field Operations for the Laredo Field Office David P. Higgerson announced that effective June 2014, Petra Horne was selected to serve as port director for the Brownsville Port of Entry.
“I am excited to return to the Rio Grande Valley and to serve as port director for the Brownsville Port of Entry. I look forward to applying the knowledge I have gained and bring the experiences I have garnered in my 26 years of federal government service back to the Brownsville Port of Entry,” Horne said.
DFO Higgerson presented Port Director Horne with the CBP Field Operations guidon to symbolically convey the Change of Command in a ceremony held at the Brownsville Events Center in Brownsville, Texas in a celebration steeped in CBP traditions, including a presentation of colors by the CBP combined Office of Field Operations and Office of Border Patrol Color Guard, a CBP bugler, and a CBP Pipes and Drums Team that performed the CBP Field Operations March.
As port director for the Brownsville Port of Entry, Petra Horne will have the distinct honor of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the only port of entry in the nation with all modes of transportation. The Brownsville Port of Entry processes international travelers and trade at its four international border crossing, an international airport, seaport, and at a rail bridge.
Ms. Horne began her career with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in January 1988 at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center in Bayview, Texas. In 1994, she became an immigration inspector and worked at the Brownsville Port of Entry as well as the Toronto Pre-Clearance location before returning to the Brownsville Port of Entry as a supervisory immigration inspector in August, 2002.
In 2006, Ms. Horne accepted a promotion as a program manager in Washington, DC with CBP Office of Field Operations. In 2007, Ms. Horne was promoted to watch commander at the National Targeting Center-Passenger in Virginia. In 2011, Ms. Horne was promoted to director, enforcement programs, with the Office of Field Operations Headquarters. There, she directed the development of admissibility policy and provided operational oversight of enforcement programs at the national level, ensuring the proper admissibility processing of approximately 340 million international travelers per year. Ms. Horne was promoted to assistant port director of the El Paso Port of Entry in February 2013.
In June 2014, Ms. Horne was selected as the port director at the Brownsville Port 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.