WASHINGTON – On Feb. 4, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will join Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to celebrate the inauguration of the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry and International Bridge in Tornillo, Texas. The port of entry will replace the Fabens-Caseta Port of Entry completed in 1938, and will connect Tornillo, Texas and Guadalupe, Mexico.
Secretary Johnson will deliver remarks at the ceremony on the importance of continued collaboration between the United States and Mexico and highlight the Department’s ongoing efforts to facilitate lawful trade across our southwestern border. These efforts include U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Mexican Customs officers working together on a daily basis to ensure the rapid, secure flow of goods across the U.S.-Mexico border, thereby enhancing the economic competitiveness of both countries.
The Tornillo-Guadalupe project, which broke ground in July 2011, is designed to enhance international trade, improve environmental conditions, and alleviate congestion in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez metropolitan area by increasing capacity and lanes on the bridge and at the port of entry and introducing commercial traffic, in addition to pedestrian and personally-owned vehicles, to cross between the United States and Mexico.
*Credentialed media planning to attend must RSVP to the Department of Commerce Office of Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-482-4883 by 5:00 PM MST, Feb. 3. On the day of the event, media should arrive by 10:30 AM MST.
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