U.S., Mexico To Hold Joint Anzalduas International Bridge Inauguration

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 8, 2010

The following is the text from a joint agency press release:

Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk will join Mexican officials in a ceremony commemorating the opening of the Anzalduas International Bridge in Reynosa, Mexico, on Monday, Jan. 11. The Anzalduas International Bridge connects the cities of McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico. In December, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. General Services Administration opened the Anzalduas Land Port of Entry in McAllen – the first LEED-certified green land port of entry on the Southern Border and the first new Land Port of Entry on the Southern Border in 10 years.

Also attending the event will be the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, U.S. General Services Administration Acting Administrator Stephen Leeds, and U.S. Consul General Michael Barkin, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Executive Director for Mission Support David Morrell.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2009
12:00 p.m. CST
Pre-set only between 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. CST (No media will be permitted to enter after this time)

Ceremonial Opening of the Anzalduas International Bridge

Ambassador Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative
Ambassador Carlos Pascual, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Stephen Leeds, Acting Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
Michael Barkin, U.S. Consul General
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Executive Director for Mission Support David Morrell

To RSVP and receive credentials for the event, members of the media must contact Roy Cantu with the City of McAllen by 9:00 a.m. Sunday, January 10 at 956-792-7779 or rcantu@mcallen.net.

All members of the media wishing to attend must have a valid, unexpired media credential or ID and a valid, unexpired U.S. Passport.

Nefeterius McPherson (USTR): 202-390-5510
Caren Auchman (GSA): 202-525-8165
Darla Jordan (State Department): 202-531-5678

PRN: 2010/027