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Letter To Marco Frias following up on Binational Bridges and Border Crossings

May 29, 2014 – Nogales, AZ -I wanted to thank you for taking the time to chat with Martha Rascon, Luis Ramirez and I during the recent Binational Bridges and Border Crossings meeting in Tijuana. As I mentioned, there has been tremendous progress on the inspection facilities at the Mariposa port of entry and we continue our work with the Arizona Department of Transportation to make improvements to the connector road between the port of entry and the federal highway system. As you know, we are expecting the full completion of the $250 million project in August of this year. more.

Letter To Senator McCain requesting additional staffing

December 12, 2013 – Nogales, AZ – On behalf of the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority (the Port Authority), I write to request your assistance in securing additional staffing for our ports of entry at Nogales. The current budget negotiations indicate that there is an effort to include as many as 20,000 new Border Patrol agents. That would essentially double the number of Border Patrol agents but there is nothing in the budget that would allocate staffing to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and our ports of entry. more.

Letter of Thanks to Napolitano

April 6, 2009 – Nogales, AZ – On behalf of the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority (the Port Authority) I write to express our gratitude and appreciation for all your support in helping to secure the commitment from the Obama Administration to fund the construction phase of the Nogales West (Mariposa) Reconfiguration Project.

Your work in support of this project first as Governor of the State of Arizona and now as the Secretary of Homeland Security has played a critical role in advancing this project. Although there are many stakeholders that played a significant role in advancing this project and ensuring that decision makers gave this project the attention and priority it deserved, you never gave up on it. more.

Letter of Support for Mendez Nomination

April 3, 2009 – Nogales, AZ – On behalf of the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County (the Port Authority) I write to express our strong support for consideration you are giving to the nomination of Victor Mendez to be the next Administrator of the Federal Highways Administration.

We have had the pleasure of working with Victor on a variety of issues and we have found him to be not just the very definition of a professional but one of the most knowledgeable on transportation solutions. Note that we stress his knowledge of “solutions” because on many issues, including many complex binational transportation issues that impact our border community, Victor was always guiding the discussion towards solutions and not just focusing on the problem. Victor’s approach and as Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), resulted in one of the most modern transportation systems available for Arizona. more.

Fiscal Corridor Security

April 30, 2008  – Nogales, AZ – On behalf of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority (the Port Authority) I write to request your assistance in helping to ensure that the attached letter is delivered to President Felipe Calderon. At issue is the security and safety of a 13 kilometer corridor that handles in excess of 1,600 cargo trucks per day and represent over $22 billion of trade between the United States and Mexico and processes over 3 million people each year. As you can see from the attached letter, every single industry and government stakeholder on this critical issue has signed on the letter. more.

Letter of Support Congratulating Janet Napolitano on Appointment

December 10, 2008  – Nogales, AZ – On behalf of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority (the Port Authority) it is with great pleasure that I write to congratulate you on being selected by President-Elect Barrack Obama as his designee for Secretary of Homeland Security.

Your efforts on behalf of the border region and Arizona have been an example of reality-based decision making. Your hands on experience as a Governor of a border state offers you a different perspective than those who seek to just decide what is best for the border without knowing the border. more.

Support for Governor Janet Napolitano’s Nomination to be Secretary of Homeland Security

January 2, 2009 – Nogales, AZ – On behalf of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority (the Port Authority) I write to express our strong support for the nomination of Governor Janet Napolitano to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security.

As an Arizona community we have enjoyed our work with the Governor on many fronts to ensure that small communities like ours get the attention they deserve. As a community that borders with Mexico we have also worked extensively with the Governor on many fronts, including enhancing our security, facilitating trade, improving our physical border infrastructure and ensuring the appropriate staffing of key enforcement agencies such as Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol. more.

Letter of Support for AIDA Legislation

February 9, 2009 – Nogales, AZ – On behalf of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority (the Port Authority) I write to express our strong support for H.B. 2252 introduced by Rep. Russell Jones, and the amendment submitted by Rep. William Konopnicki, as it to be brought for consideration by the House Commerce Committee. The provisions outlined in the legislation are critical in order to implement the necessary reforms and funding to get the Arizona International Development Authority (AIDA) working on behalf of border communities. more.

Fiscal Corridor Security

April 30, 2008 – Nogales, AZ – On behalf of the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority (the Port Authority) I write to request your assistance in helping to ensure that the attached letter is delivered to President Felipe Calderon. At issue is the security and safety of a 13 kilometer corridor that handles in excess of 1,600 cargo trucks per day and represent over $22 billion of trade between the United States and Mexico and processes over 3 million people each year. As you can see from the attached letter, every single industry and government stakeholder on this critical issue has signed on the letter. more.

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