Texas Border Coalition to give their report on border security
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
The Texas Border Coalition plans to work with the Obama Administration and members of Congress to help US ports achieve trade and security mandates.
There are many challenges facing the United States right now, one of the issues grabbing national headlines is the looming crisis at our country's borders. Local and national leaders are set to meet tomorrow in a conference to discuss how best to balance the responsibilities of our nation at US ports of entry:
"I'm always amazed at the work our agents and officers do along the border where you have to facilitate trade and travel and you have to provide security and safety for the community so there are a lot of challenges we are facing."
Elected officials and business leaders along the Texas-Mexico border are asking for a significant amount of financial aid to help improve infrastructure and technology.
Officials are hoping to receive 6 billion dollars to improve border operations:
"These are infrastructures that were built 20 to 30 years ago and that we were not expecting the growth we are seeing because of the economy and the relationships between our countries... so this money will be much needed to keep updating the infrastructures.”
On Friday the Texas Border Coalition will formally present its border security report to state and national leaders.
It will then be up to them to make decisions on the future investments at the border.
"Tomorrow, I hope on my part I can walk away with input and listen to the community and what the different leaders are going to express and be able to convey this to the leadership agencies to help."
Many perspectives will be presented at the conference, but each presenter hopes at the end of the day to see a better balance of trade, travel, and security at the nation's borders.