GSA dedicates the Raúl Héctor Castro Port of Entry
By Javier Fernandez
CBP Director of Field Operations William Brooks remarked that CBP is pleased and honored to
have one of the ports named after the late governor. Photo courtesy of CBP Officer Jerry Glaser.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hosted a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 to formally rename the port of entry in Douglas, Arizona in honor of former Arizona Governor, Raul Hector Castro. Governor Castro was born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico but grew up in Pirtleville, Arizona, near Douglas. In his long and illustrious career, he had the distinction of being the first and only Mexican-American to serve as Governor for the State of Arizona. He also represented the United States as Ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia, and Argentina.
An intimate ceremony took place at the port where friends, family and government officials witnessed the unveiling of the port’s new signage that bears the governor’s name. During the unveiling ceremony, the Castro family was presented with a flag that was flown over our nation’s capital, the Arizona state capitol, Douglas City Hall and the port. Immediately following the ceremony, approximately 150 people gathered for a ceremony at the Douglas Municipal Golf Course banquet hall, where dignitaries representing federal, state and local government as well as Castro family members delivered remarks and shared personal memories of the late Governor.
Speakers included Congressman Raul Grijalva, Congresswoman Martha McSally, city of Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega, Agua Prieta Mayor Hector Rubalcava Gastelum, Mexican Consul General in Douglas Jorge Ernesto Espejel Montes, GSA Pacific Rim Regional Administrator Andrew McMahon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations William Brooks, Governor Ducey’s Director of the Southern Arizona Office Juan Ciscomani, Senator Flake’s Director of Hispanic Outreach Chris Stoller, Governor Castro’s nephew and grandson, Nacho Castro and Don Daley, respectively.
“Our land ports of entry play a vital role, in not only the security of our nation, but also in facilitating economic trade and prosperity, cultural exchange, and connecting families and binational communities,” said GSA Pacific Rim Regional Administrator, Andrew McMahon during his opening remarks. “With Governor Castro’s ties both to the United States and Mexico, it is fitting that this port between the two countries bears his name.”
The Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry is the second largest commercial port in the state of Arizona, where in 2014 alone, it processed more than 64,000 commercial trucks and close to $4 billion worth of trade between the U.S. and Mexico. Additionally, in 2014 the port processed 2.9 million cars and 2.3 million pedestrians.