Liliana Flores, a Val Verde County native and a long time Customs and Border Protection veteran serving at the U.S. southern border, was formally presented as the Del Rio port of entry port director Thursday morning, during a change of command ceremony held at the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District Administration Building.
Flores was selected to replace Alberto D. Perez, who served as port director since 2014 and was promoted to deputy director of the Norther Operations Command in support of the Laredo Field Office.
“I am excited and honored to have been given this opportunity to return to my hometown and serve as port director for this wonderful port. I am eager to apply experiences to improve processes for the people we serve and protect in this border community,” Flores said.
She stated she’ll look forward to meeting with key governmental and trade stakeholders.
“I also anticipate working with state, county, and city law enforcement agencies as well as with consular officials and other partners from Mexico. I will also work with consular officials and our partners from Mexico in a constructive way to continually improve facilitation of lawful trade and travel while upholding our border security mission,” she said.
Family members, including her daughters Sabrina and Kayla Williams, fellow Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Border Patrol officers accompanied Flores during a formal ceremony that highlighted the historical tradition of passing the flag.
Flores was pinned by her daughters with her new port director badge.
Former Del Rio port of entry port director Alberto D. Perez passed the symbolic port of entry flag to Director of Field Operations for the Laredo Field Office David Higgerson, who turned it to Flores.
Flores started as the Del Rio port of entry port director in January.
The position comes with a diverse workforce of 119 employees, staffed throughout two international bridge crossings, one commercial crossing, and one international airport, CBP said.
As the Del Rio port of entry port director Flores has oversight responsibility for the processing of over 1.6 million inbound passenger vehicles, close to 3 million travelers, roughly 375 flights, on average 80,000 inbound commercial vehicles and commercial movements with an annual import/export value of over $1.6 billion.
Flores, according to her bio, began her law enforcement career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations in July 2007, as a CBP officer at the El Paso port of entry.
Flores has been the driving force of numerous concepts that have been implemented at the field office level and nationally, CBP said.
Flores was promoted to supervisory CBP officer at the El Paso port of entry. In 2015, Flores transferred to the Laredo port of entry.
From June 2016 to May 2017, Flores served as interim Chief CBP officer at the Laredo Field Office Workforce Liaison Unit.
In June 2017, she was officially promoted to the Chief CBP officer position within the Workforce Liaison Unit.
In 2018, Flores became a program manager under Border Security at the Laredo Field Office, where she managed numerous enforcement operations and programs.
Flores has had an integral role as instructor for numerous CBP headquarters training initiatives, including the 2010 Iraqi Reconstruction Program, Border Patrol Northern Border Interdiction Training, Border Transition Training and Operation Intrepid Training.
As the lead coordinator and instructor for Operation Intrepid Training, Flores collaborated with El Paso Sector Office of Border Patrol to lead a training that resulted in numerous outbound currency and weapon seizures that had a combined seizure value of over $2.5 million.
Flores is a native of Val Verde County where she graduated from Comstock High School in Comstock, Texas.
Flores attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Prior to her career with the U.S. government, Flores enjoyed a career as an elementary bilingual educator.