Press Release

Congressman Henry Cuellar to work with President Obama to obtain funding for local ports of entries

The FY 2014 budget request allocates funding for the expansion of U.S. Land Port of Entries facilities in Laredo, Texas

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) announced he will be working together with President Obama to obtain the necessary funding for the expansion of the U.S. Land Port of Entries (LPOEs). Cuellar was joined by Laredo City Officials, and representatives from Customs and Border Patrol, Laredo Customs Brokers Association, Laredo Chamber of Commerce, and Mexican Customs Brokers Association in a press conference at the Laredo International Airport.

“I have been working for a long time with federal agencies to allocate the necessary funding to extend renovations to Laredo ports of entries. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to see that this project is fully funded,” said Cuellar. “This project will increase efficiency and improve safety and security of vehicle processing, and expedite pedestrian processing, consolidate operations and improve security and safety of pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will no longer have to wait long lines in the heat, and at the same time it increases the safety of our border communities and allow for better flow of trade and visitors through our ports”.

The General Services Administration (GSA) proposed expansion project seeks to provide modernization for two of the four inspection facilities in Laredo on Convent Street and Juarez and Lincoln. The renovations have an estimated cost of $61.6 million as estimated by the GSA.

The proposed project seeks to expedite the process of permit processing and moving pedestrians and improve the flow of vehicle traffic while enhancing the safety and efficiency for the travelling locals and visitors.

Attached you will find the Project Summary as provided by General Services Administration.