AMAC members have long demanded better security at our nation’s southern border. H.R. 5828 provides the necessary funding to strengthen Customs and Border Protection resources to fight cross-border tunnel trafficking.
June 8, 2020
The Honorable Debbie Lesko
8th Congressional District of Arizona
1113 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Cc: Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small
Dear Congresswoman Lesko,
On behalf of the 2.1 million members of AMAC – Association of Mature American Citizens, including nearly 10,000 residing in AZ-08, I write to offer our support for H.R. 5828, the DHS Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Defense Act.
One of the top concerns for AMAC’s membership is the United States’ broken border policy. We have frequently heard from our members residing in southern border states of dangerous drug cartels and other nefarious people exploiting weak links in our defense, including the use of a system of tunnels, to gain illegal entry into the United States.
Earlier this year, a lengthy tunnel was discovered to have a rail cart system, ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and an elevator underneath our international border with Mexico. H.R. 5828 provides the necessary funding to direct Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remediate these illicit, cross-border tunnels when they are discovered and also create a strategic plan to improve and expand upon tunnel interdiction operations at our nation’s southern border.
H.R. 5828 authorizes one million dollars for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 expressly to remediate unlawful cross-border tunnels and directs the CBP Commissioner to develop a strategic plan that includes risk-based criteria for tunnel operations; innovative technologies to limit the impact illegal crossings have on local communities; the sharing of tunnel-related information; and a resource assessment of training and personnel needed to execute the strategic plan. The bill also requires CBP to report to Congress upon implementation of the strategic plan.
Thank you, Congresswoman Lesko, and your bipartisan cosponsor, Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, for working to combat cross-border tunnel trafficking by strengthening CBP resources. As an organization that actively advocates for stronger security at our southern border, AMAC appreciates your efforts and is pleased to offer our organization’s full support for H.R. 5828, the DHS Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Defense Act.
President, AMAC Action