New Border Crossing Rules Subject of IBOC Lecture at TAMIU Feb. 25

Border Crossing Rules Topic
of Next IBC Speaker Series Installment

The Western Hemispheric Travel Initiative (WHTI) goes into effect June 1, 2009. Find out from two experts how it affects you at the next Texas A&M International University A. R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade International Bank of Commerce 2009 Keynote Speaker Series scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Western Hemispheric Trade Center (WHTC) Fernando A. Salinas Lecture Room (WHTC 111).

This lecture is free and open to the public.

David Stone, United States consul general, Nuevo Laredo, México, and Eugenio Garza Jr., director, U.S. Customs Port, Laredo, Texas, will present “Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative” at the next installment of the Speaker Series.

On June 1, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.

Stone, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., began his career with the U.S. State Department more than 30 years ago. He joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and served as assigned principal officer (consul general) to Nuevo Laredo since September 2006. He will take up his new duties as consul general at the American Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, later this year.

A graduate of La Joya High School and former resident of Sullivan City, Texas, Garza started his federal career in 1971 with the U.S. Air Force. He served as a military policeman where he had his first introduction to the U.S. Customs Service through the Customs Narcotic Detector Dog Training Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He began his civilian career as a canine enforcement officer at the Laredo port in 1976. Since then he has held a number of supervisory positions prior to being named director. Garza has been widely recognized as an expert in international border security management issues.

Garza was recognized as a TAMIU distinguished alumnus in the Smithsonian Institution’s Portraits of Latino Achievement in 2007.

The next scheduled speaker for the Series is Dr. Eric Swanson with “The World Bank and Western Hemisphere: Developmental Challenges in Global Context” Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fernando A. Salinas Lecture Room.

For more information, please contact Amy Palacios at the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at 326.2820, visit offices in WHTC 222E, e-mail amy@tamiu.edu or visit freetrade.tamiu.edu

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