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Commissioner Alan Bersin unveiled his vision for 21st-century border

Congressman Silvestre Reyes, UTEP President, Diana Natalicio, and Commissioner Alan Bersin
Congressman Silvestre Reyes, UTEP President, Diana Natalicio, and Commissioner Alan Bersin
Courtesy UTEP

Newly-appointed Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Alan Bersin visited The University of Texas at El Paso for a special community forum.

He said that he wants to use high-tech to improve moving goods through the border with Mexico.

He said auto parts assembled in Mexico that are destined for the United States would be inspected, put on a tractor-trailer and sealed by a U.S. customs official working in Mexico.

Once packed, the cargo would be put on a secure route where federal agents would track it by computer and high-tech gadgetry. The cargo¹s seal, either chemical or ionic, would ensure that it was not tampered with.

Perhaps most impressive, this cargo would sail uninterrupted from Mexico into the United States

The public was invited to the discussion, titled "A New Border Vision," which took place from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 30, at the Undergraduate Learning Center on Wiggins Road.

This is Commissioner Bersin’s first visit to El Paso since President Obama appointed him less than one month ago. During his visit to El Paso he gathered input from residents and key stakeholders in the community who depend on our ports of entry for trade, travel and commerce.

Commissioner Bersin oversees the operations of CBP’s 57,000-employee work force and manages an operating budget of more than $11 billion. CBP’s mission is to protect the nation’s borders at and between the ports of entry from all threats while facilitating legitimate travel and trade. He is CBP’s third Commissioner since the agency’s inception in 2003, following former Commissioners Robert C. Bonner and W. Ralph Basham.

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