On September 17, 2015, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake sent a letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security posing a number of key questions with regards to staffing at the Arizona ports of entry, questions that if directly answered should provide great insights into the short- and long-term staffing at our ports of entry. The content of this letter stated that the GNSCCPA has been advocating for additional staffing at our ports of entry for quite a long time. In addition there was a reminder that on November 2014 the Honorable Secretary Johnson had stated the 44 of CBP’s 328 POEs would receive the new authorized officers, including Nogales. By end of fiscal year, not only had there not been an increase in overall staffing of CBP officers, there had been attrition that outpaced the hiring of new officers.
This letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security followed on the heels of a letter sent to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake in August, 2015 by the Port Authority, urging them to work with their colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives to ensure that our ports of entry are staffed to appropriate levels to ensure both our national security and our economic wellbeing.
On October 2, 2015 the GNSCCPA hosted a meeting with Senator John McCain at the offices of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
During the meeting Mayor John Doyle and County Supervisor Rudy Molera, along with representatives of the Maquila Association, Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales Community Development, the Nogales Customs House Brokers Association, Nogales Economic Development Foundation, the Consuls of both the US and Mexico among various others were given the opportunity to present their individual issues to the Senator.