Border Security Focus on Ports
Lake Michigan ports security could get strengthened, and tested, after a report to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. It is considering a proposal to bolster security at ports of entry along U.S. borders. The Committee ordered a report about measuring the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security’s border security strategy. Indiana’s 1st District U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky says northwest Indiana’s ports have security standards in place though the district has no standalone customs office.
Visclosky considers Indiana a border state with international ports of entry for shipping involving recreation boating and commercial freighters whose cargo lists and manifests have to be cleared by U.S. Customs and/or Immigration staff. When asked whether Indiana is a potential point of interest for someone targeting access to the U.S., with Chicago nearby, making even Canada a border access risk, Visclosky advised vigilance, saying people wanting to do harm to the United States of America will find a way, so he says all nations are on-watch when needing to protect the U.S.
The House Committee’s report this month reviews legislation that would direct the Inspector General of DHS to conduct covert testing of security at ports of entry and report results to Congress.