Congressman’s proposed solutions will address trade delays and increase security at the border
Texas Border Business
WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the department’s budget request for fiscal year 2020, and confirmed the return of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel to border Ports of Entry (POEs). Rep. Cuellar remarked on the importance of bringing these officers back to their normal roles and highlighted his proposed strategies that enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety.
Congressman Cuellar stated, “For weeks, I have called for border personnel to return, and remain, to their assigned posts at our POEs because it is essential to facilitate the proper exchange of legitimate goods, services, and tourism moving between the U.S. and Mexico. I offered five realistic and sensible solutions that will maintain CBP’s ability to process trade and travel, while addressing the surge in migrants at our southern border.”
He continued, “We must properly address the delays in tourism, trade, and traffic if the U.S. is to remain economically competitive and profitable. As responsible stewards of American tax dollars, it is our responsibility to ensure that the president’s budget request reflects our continued focus to strengthen the safety and security of our nation and the American public. I will continue to work with the administration and my fellow colleagues in Congress on these priorities.”
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