As the Obama administration begins its implementation of the Beyond Mérida Initiative, the Border Trade Alliance is calling on the governments of the U.S. and Mexico to incorporate more private sector participation to create a more secure and trade-friendly U.S.-Mexico border.
The BTA recently wrote to the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and urged him and his committee to quickly consider the nomination of Alan Bersin, whom President Obama nominated to serve as the next commissioner of CBP.
Recent events have made clear that a CBP commissioner is critically needed. In the last month alone we’ve seen an attempted terrorist attack on a U.S. airliner, an opening of a new international bridge on the U.S. southern border and, unfortunately, continued smuggling of illegal drugs and human cargo. Meanwhile, the trade community is operating in an environment where trade facilitation has not been placed at the same level of priority as security within CBP.