Hidalgo, Texas-Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Felix Garza,
spokesperson for the agency during the past six years retires after over 33 years of federal service. Supervisor Garza was the public affairs liaison (PAL) for the Rio Grande Valley International Bridges where he covered news events from Falcon Dam, Roma, Rio Grande City, Los Ebanos, Anzalduas, Hidalgo and Pharr International crossing. PAL Garza has represented CBP as an official spokesperson for over six years and has been interviewed extensively by reporters, producers and photojournalists from around the world. Felix Garza entered on duty as a PAL in late 2005 and is one of the first six supervisors nationwide selected to work as a full-time PAL.
A week after graduating from high school, PAL Garza entered on duty with the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge in 1978. While in the military, PAL Garza served as a Military Policeman and is a Vietnam era War Veteran. PAL Garza also worked as a Police Officer with the City of McAllen, Texas, and in 1981 Garza became a U.S. Border Patrol agent stationed at Carrizo Springs, Texas. In 1986 PAL Garza joined the US Customs Service as an inspector at the Roma, Texas Port of Entry where he remained for approximately nine years. PAL Garza transferred to the Hidalgo port of entry in late 1994 and has been a supervisor for over 20 years, in that time Supervisor Garza has worked in all areas of CBP operations.
Felix Garza, Public Affairs Liaison, Customs and Border Protection, Rio Grande Valley said. "It has been an honor and privilege to have served my country and to have been selected as one of the original six uniformed Public Affairs Liaisons nationally." Garza went on to say, "I appreciate the opportunities I have had, representing Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Government as the face and the voice of CBP which has truly been an experience of a lifetime. I thank members of the local, national and international news media for allowing me to share CBP's story with their viewers."
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.