DHS Lays Out Steps To Assess Port Closure Decision

With Senator Leahy's Reaction

TO THE RIGHT is a letter Senator Patrick Leahy has received from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, laying out the steps ahead in assessing the DHS decision to close the Morses Line Point Of Entry.  The process includes consultation with the community and a public comment period.  Leahy said the process will be “an opportunity for the community to come together and work with DHS” to identify a workable solution.  He has asked DHS to listen to and carefully consider the community’s wishes and suggestions.  Ultimately the final decision on whether to close the port will be made by Secretary Napolitano.

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.):

"Secretary Napolitano has set out a clear process to consider the next steps for the Morses Line port.  To remain open, the port must be upgraded to meet border security needs of the 21st Century, but having the federal government seize part of the Rainville farm was unacceptable.  During this year-long review process, these consultations with DHS will be an opportunity for the community to come together and work with DHS to identify a workable solution to upgrade the security of the port in a way that is cost effective for taxpayers.  I have asked DHS to continue to listen to and carefully consider the community's wishes and the community's ideas.  As always, I am happy to help the community, DHS and interested parties in efforts to find a workable and cost effective solution that makes sense."

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