McSally, Sinema, Grijalva, Schweikert, Kirkpatrick, O’Halleran Urge Trump To Nix Inspection Facility Plans

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The interior of the trailer was nearly 100 degrees. [Photo provided by CBP]

Senators Martha McSally, and Kyrsten Sinema, and Representatives David Schweikert, Raúl Grijalva, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Tom O’Halleran urged the Trump Administration to refrain from building additional inspection facilities at Arizona’s ports of entry. The group claims that more inspection facilities “would drastically impede trade with the state’s top trading partner.”

McSally led members of the Arizona delegation to express significant concerns regarding proposals by the General Services Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to build new commercial truck inspection facilities near the Nogales – Mariposa and San Luis II land ports of entry, according to McSally’s press release.

“The land ports of entry in Arizona are integral to the state’s economy,” the group wrote. “Delays at the ports of entry slow down lawful commerce, and I have worked closely with the administration to increase efficiency while maintaining security at the ports. But when commercial truck drivers face unnecessary waits at inspection stations after crossing the border, our efforts to make the ports more efficient are wasted.”

“I have applauded the efforts by the administration to promote cooperation and coordination between the federal government and states, and the innovative approach to truck inspections at the land ports of entry in Arizona should be a model of how states and the federal government can work together. Building new inspection facilities to be used solely by FMCSA would be wasteful and only impede collaboration. I respectfully urge you to withdraw any plans to build such facilities,” the letter concluded.

Full text of letter:

Emily W. Murphy
Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20405

Raymond P. Martinez
Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Dear Administrator Murphy and Administrator Martinez:

I am writing to express significant concerns regarding proposals by the General Services Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) to build new commercial truck inspection facilities near the Nogales – Mariposa and San Luis II land ports of entry. These potential facilities, which are strongly opposed by the communities in which they would be located, would undo the efficiency and safety gains made by the collaborative approach to inspections undertaken by the FMCSA and the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The land ports of entry in Arizona are integral to the state’s economy. Delays at the ports of entry slow down lawful commerce, and I have worked closely with the administration to increase efficiency while maintaining security at the ports. But when commercial truck drivers face unnecessary waits at inspection stations after crossing the border, our efforts to make the ports more efficient are wasted. By working closely with the FMCSA, the Arizona Department of Transportation has implemented a holistic approach to commercial truck inspections that has improved safety, reduced wait times, and eliminated redundancies.

I have applauded the efforts by the administration to promote cooperation and coordination between the federal government and states, and the innovative approach to truck inspections at the land ports of entry in Arizona should be a model of how states and the federal government can work together. Building new inspection facilities to be used solely by FMCSA would be wasteful and only impede collaboration. I respectfully urge you to withdraw any plans to build such facilities.

Thank you very much for your consideration of my views.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a majority of drugs seized come through inspection stations. In the first 11 months of the 2018 fiscal year, 90 percent of heroin, 88 percent of cocaine, 87 percent of methamphetamine, and 80 percent of fentanyl was seized at legal crossing points.

10 Comments

  1. These McSallys/ Sinemas, G-fatmans leaders are all corrupt, making money and keeping their power killing Americans with all these dangerous drugs in these CBP border lanes. Solution- create more of these sensored lanes to keep the flow going. Globlists paying these politicians to “keep the flow going with our #1 trading partners.

  2. get the intelligence going, find the drug sources and ‘people’ and drone them dead – they don’t care about killing our citizens we shouldn’t worry about doing the same to them

  3. An additional inspection facility might slow down illegal activity and we CAN”T HAVE THAT now can we? It might also serve to allow some of those mushy pink things they say are tomatoes actually ripen before they hit the markets here. I guess we can’t have that either.

  4. Ducey isnt much better Sorry !

    More inspections are better
    I agree with You Mr Lannon

    So what waiting a few hours longer compared to the illegal Drugs that kill and cause chaos here in Az USA It would stop also illegals
    I think Mexico really needs to help Or if they continue in doing a Real bussiness in the Illegal drugs Just ck Borderland busts
    Etc
    Mexicos govenors and other high officals Do Let the Cartals run their trade The whole of it is just Who takes control and keeps it with the approvel of Govenors
    Etc
    We live in our own little world and dont find the need to see or want to see whats really going on south of the border
    Pictures are Grafic on that site but it shows what our USA news dares Not to show us
    Duceys in bed with with them
    So or other Az Top officals
    I would rather see our soilders at the border then overseas
    Yes I support more border security
    Billions And Billions of American dollars go to these Gangs in Mexico and then we turn around and support their poor or rapists etc
    Allot of their farmers are In drug dealing read Educate your self

    No

  5. If more stations, and more inspectors doing closer inspections, will slow down the staggering amount of cartel drugs entering the country, then we should do it. It should not become a partisan issue.

  6. McSally is the weakest congressional member of all. Maybe her alliance with the representative for Mexico, the toad Grijalva, will convince Trump to dump his support for her. She will never win her seat. Ducey should never have appointed her.

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