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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02)

February 7, 2020

Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. House Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM-02) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-02) wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr voicing their support for the Administration’s efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations and urged Barr to consider the Securing America’s Ports Act as part of the legislative framework to combat arms, drug, and human trafficking operations during his next February meeting with Mexican government officials. 

The letter goes onto to highlight the alarming statistic that only 15 percent of commercial vehicles and less than 2 percent of passenger vehicles entering the United States through land ports of entry are scanned with non-intrusive inspection (NII) systems to detect contraband. Torres Small and Crenshaw introduced legislation to correct this reality by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to increase the rate of NII scanning of vehicles entering the United States to 100 percent.

“Our broken border security and immigration system needs common-sense solutions, including smart investments in technology proven to stop drugs from entering the country. During the next joint meeting in February, I urge Attorney General Barr and his Mexican counterparts to increase deployment of NII systems to the southwest border now and plan for 100 percent deployment through my legislation,” said Torres Small.

Torres Small and Crenshaw introduced the Securing America’s Ports Act in December 2019 with bipartisan support. To read more details about the legislation, please click here. To read the full text of the letter sent to Attorney General Barr, please click here.