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Commissioner Takes Part in Dedication of Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge

Release Date: 
December 15, 2010

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin helped commemorate the opening of the new Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge yesterday alongside other officials from the U.S. and Mexico.

Commissioner Bersin speaks with CBP employees during a tour of the new port facility.

Commissioner Bersin speaks with CBP employees during a tour of the new port facility.

At a dedication event in the city of Donna, Texas, the commissioner spoke of the positive effect the bridge would have on commerce in the region, and of CBP's role in facilitating lawful trade and travel. He discussed CBP's border security mission and encouraged attendees to enroll in trusted traveler programs.

Present at the event were Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (Texas), General Services Administration Regional Director J.D. Salinas, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual and other state and local officials. After the event in Donna, the group toured the state-of-the-art new port facilities on the U.S. end of the bridge, which provide both increased efficiency and security.

Commissioner Bersin delivers remarks at a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the city of Donna, Texas, for the opening of the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge.

Commissioner Bersin delivers remarks at a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the city of Donna, Texas, for the opening of the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge.

Once the tour was complete, the officials traveled across the bridge to a dedication event in Rio Bravo, Mexico. Joining the U.S. delegation was Mexico President Felipe Calderon along with a number of Mexican cabinet members. Commissioner Bersin extended greetings on behalf of the administration and lauded Mexico's work to combat organized crime. He emphasized the strong bonds between the two nations and the importance of their commitment to facilitate trade and travel.

The new bridge is the third new international bridge on the U.S.-Mexico border opened in the last year.

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February 8, 2017