Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rio Grande Valley Residents Invited to Our Border

Last week during the Border Trade Alliance's 21st Century Border Conference at the McAllen Convention Center, the Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner, Alan Bersin, announced that CBP is open to hearing from citizens and leaders from the various border communities regarding customs, immigration, border protection, and other border issues.

To accomplish this goal, Commissioner Bersin had his agency start a social media website to solicit input from the public. The website is called Our Border. What sets this site apart from other government sites is that Commissioner Bersin visits the site and interacts on occasion. In addition, other agency employees are on the site to learn what issues are important to our communities.

While we have many issues that are unique to our portion of the border, you may find that there are other areas with similar problems. Beyond reaching out to CBP, the website also serves to connect us to other border communities.

It is rare to have this level of input and access to federal agencies. I recommend that fellow residents of the Rio Grande Valley head over to Our Border to sign up and contribute your voices about our community.

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