Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02) today officially announced that the Douglas Port of Entry (POE) is one step closer to modernization. The General Services Administration (GSA) has informed McSally’s office that the feasibility study for the modernization of the port was funded in the Fiscal Year 2017 allocation, and the two agencies will begin the study this fall.
“GSA is taking a major step towards making the Douglas modernization project a reality—and that is significant news not just for Douglas, but for Arizona and for our nation,” said McSally. “The Douglas POE was built in 1933 and it needs to be modernized. This port of entry is responsible for processing billions of commercial goods between the U.S. and Mexico, welcoming millions of visitors, and screening and apprehending illegal substances. 90% of the hard drugs smuggled into the United States come through the ports of entry. Upgrading, expanding, and modernizing the Douglas Port of Entry is crucial for our economy and our security.”
McSally successfully pushed CBP to include modernization of the Douglas POE their Five-Year Plan, and throughout her time in Congress she has called on GSA to fund this feasibility study which is necessary to move the project forward. The feasibility study will analyze the possible comprehensive modernization and processing capacity of the Douglas POE, and make recommendations for optimal steps towards modernization. Tentative completion for the feasibility study is set for summer 2018.
“I can’t thank Congresswoman McSally enough for the relentless support she has given our efforts to improve the border crossing experience at Douglas. Having her ready to go to the mat for us greatly improves our chances of success in accomplishing our two port solution. We must fix our existing port and move the commercial truck traffic out of downtown and relocated to a new state of the art facility to the west of the city. We are very excited to have stellar congressional representative being such an integral part of our border community’s efforts that carry far-reaching positive economic effects. Douglas is a key gateway for trade and tourism and our port of entry is a critical asset for our bi-national community, for Arizona and for our nation,” said Robert Uribe, Mayor for the City of Douglas.
“Today’s news is a victory for Douglas, Arizona. This feasibility study is an essential requirement moving us closer to an updated and expanded Douglas Port of Entry. Our port of entry is a vital artery of trade that boosts our local economy and moves goods from Mexico, one of the world’s fastest growing economies—but it needs improvements,” said Chairwoman of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, Ann English, who represents the city of Douglas. “We are thankful for Congresswoman McSally’s effective efforts to upgrade the port since taking office, including her many visits to the area to see first-hand the need first hand. I am thankful Rep. McSally is our ally in Congress.”
Since arriving in Congress in 2014, McSally has tirelessly advocated to improve and expand the Douglas Port of Entry in committee hearings (click HERE and HERE) and in multiple letters sent to CBP (click HERE and HERE).
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