Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) Director Emilio T. González hosted Luc Portelance, President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), at Miami International Airport yesterday. Discussions focused on internal security initiatives and broader interagency security efforts at the global gateway. In addition to meeting with González and senior Aviation Department officials, Portelance met with MIA-based federal officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The group discussed topics including MIA’s ongoing efforts to streamline and expedite the federal screening process for the fast-growing number of international travelers arriving at the airport from abroad. Those efforts include MDAD’s recent $3.5 million investment in Automated Passport Control self-service kiosks available to U.S. and Canadian travelers at MIA, as well as bipartisan efforts to secure additional CBP officers to staff the airport’s Federal Inspection Services facilities. Additionally, the group discussed MIA’s Behavior Detection program, which was developed by MDAD staff to ensure that the 37,500 public and private sector employees at the airport are trained to identify potential security threats. Portelance also shared with the group his valuable perspectives as head of the CBSA – Canada’s equivalent of CBP. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring the delivery of integrated border services that support national security and public safety priorities in Canada, as well as for facilitating the free movement of goods. CBSA’s workforce includes a total of 13,000 employees who ensure border security at 1,200 locations throughout Canada including: 13 international airports; 119 land-border crossings along the U.S-Canadian border; and major seaports and marinas. The agency also operates in 39 international locations.
“I’m grateful to my good friend Luc Portelance for taking the time to visit with me at MIA and learn about our international growth, security initiatives and challenges,” said González. “His visit also presented a wonderful opportunity for our MDAD team to learn from a highly accomplished public servant who plays a huge role in keeping our Canadian ally safe and secure.”
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