Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02) today questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on priorities for Southern Arizona during a full Homeland Security committee hearing on the President’s FY2018 Budget request.
McSally urged the Secretary to prioritize modernizing the Douglas Port of Entry and construction of a new commercial port of entry project. “The Administration needs to include ports of entry in large infrastructure projects. It’s not just about roads and bridges, it’s about our ports of entry that are vital for economic development and security,” McSally said during the hearing. “The Douglas Port of Entry, built in 1933, is woefully inadequate. 7.6 million people and 3.2 million cars went through the port, generating 4 billion dollars in economic activity. Where is modernizing and building a new port on your priority list?”
Kelly agreed that all ports of entry needs to be upgraded and that fast movement of goods must be facilitated. Watch the exchange below.
Kelly stated that the Department of Homeland Security is “not targeting DACA recipients.”
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