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Visclosky Talks About Port Security

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The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security is considering a proposal to bolster security at ports of entry along U.S. borders.  The Committee spent the past week reviewing a report about measuring the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security’s border security strategy.  Indiana’s First District Representative Pete Visclosky told Lakeshore News Director Jerry Howard that northwest Indiana’s ports have security standards in place … though the district has no stand-alone Customs office…..

Question:  What is Indiana’s role in homeland security as a border state?
Pete Visclosky:  We are a border state with ports of entry.  We have no standalone customs office in the 1st District.  Cargo lists have to be cleared.  Even a boat race in Lake Michigan requires international guests to clear their entry with Immigration Department.  Freighters have to register their manifests, too.

Question:  Is Indiana a potential point of interest for someone targeting access to the US?  With Chicago nearby, is Canada a border access risk?
Pete Visclosky:  People wanting to do harm to the United States of America will find a way, so all nations are in consideration … when needing to protect the nation we can’t rule out even Canada “for that purpose.”

The House committee’s report this month looks at legislation that would direct the Inspector General of DHS to conduct covert testing of security at ports of entry and report the results to Congress.


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