Mother's Day Flowers Checked at Border
Boquets Banned Coming Into States
EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists are working the ports of entry right now, looking for flowers.
Actually, they're looking for insects and diseases often found in floral arrangements, which could compromise the agricultural industry here in the states.
Agents have been instructed to examine Mother's Day bouquets, cut flowers and plants bound for the U.S. from south of the border.
Ana Hinojosa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection director of field operations in El Paso, said it's their mission to "stop pests and diseases at the border before they can be spread elsewhere.
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LAS CRUCES - With Mother's Day celebrations on the calendar in the days ahead, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at U.S. ports of entry are busy making sure that flower imports are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States.
"CBP agriculture specialists will be inspecting cut flowers and plants for any sign of insects, pests or diseases," said Ana Hinojosa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations in El Paso. "It is an important part of the CBP mission to identify and stop pests and diseases at the border before they can be spread elsewhere.
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Mother's Day will be known as "Mudder's Day" at the Phillips Chapel CME Church at 638 N. Tornillo St., for a special fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The chapel, built in 1911, is the oldest African-American church in Las Cruces. It has served as a school and a civic and social center for the Las Cruces African-American community throughout its long history. African-Americans and Hispanics built the original chapel together 100 years ago with adobe walls.