FIRST ON FOX: Senators James Lankford, R-Ok., and Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ari., sent a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) raising their concerns about the preparedness of Land Ports of Entry (LPOEs) at both the northern and southern borders.
Lankford and Sinema, the leaders of the Senate’s border management subcommittee, sent a letter to GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan asking for information on the agency’s “management” of LPOEs at the borders.
The senators warned that, ahead of Title 42’s expiration in May, the ports “along the southern border in particular are preparing to navigate a potential influx in migration in addition to their normal trade, travel, and security missions.”
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“We are concerned that GSA’s work has not provided CBP with what they need at the time they need it for the challenges they face at our ports,” the lawmakers wrote.
“GSA informed Congress that ‘Steady global and regional growth has funneled more people and goods through the Nation’s aging land port of entry infrastructure than it is able to handle. Two-thirds of our land ports of entry have not had capital improvement over the last decade,’” the letter reads.
“Many LPOEs were built prior to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and many have not seen modernizations to reflect our new trade obligations under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA),” it continued.
The senators pointed to a “recent Atlantic Council report” which “found a ‘10 minute reduction in wait times [at LPOEs] would lead to an average of 388 new loaded containers entering the United States from Mexico monthly’” and that this “‘translates to $25.9 million worth of cargo crossing through the United States’ four border states’ and into the interior.”
“Our LPOEs could help us address the continued supply chain hurdles our country is facing while expanding trade flows with Mexico and Central America; however, our aging LPOE infrastructure is holding back our ability to nimbly respond shifting supply chains and expand cross-border trade,” the lawmakers wrote.
H/T Fox News (read more at FoxNews.com)
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