On January 18, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Office of Information Technology employees spent their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day boarding a flight bound to Haiti.
The team of eight included CBP's first four employees to officially travel to Haiti to support the relief effort. All departed from Homestead Air Force Reserve base in Florida in route to Haiti.
The team consisting of Supervisory CBPO Esope Mompremeir, CBPO Cletus William, Deputy Assistant Director Matthew King, Group Supervisor Mackay Spears, Special Agent Jeff Barbero, Special Agent Chancy Christoper, Director for Architecture & Engineering James E. McLaughlin IV, Program Manager Nila Samha, boarded an Air and Marine Dash 8 and departed at 9 a.m.
"We are committed to the relief effort for Haiti," said Harold Woodward, director of Miami CBP Field Operations, "We have hundreds of employees volunteering for the relief effort from around the nation. These officers were just the first to depart and begin assisting with assessments."
This is the first mission to Haiti for CBP and it is a pre-deployment assessment to evaluate the international airport for CBP connectivity and to review current processing and conditions.
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.