Press Release


A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following upcoming Committee event:

Tuesday, May 1

Subcommittee Field Hearing: Using Technology to Facilitate Trade and Enhance Security at Our Ports of Entry

3:00 p.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. CDT) Laredo Community College, De La Garza Building, Room 101, West End Washington St., Laredo, TX, 78040

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman

**Hearing will be chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), a senior Member of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management**

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

Mr. Gene Garza
Director of Field Operations
Laredo Field Office
Office of Field Operations
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Steve C. McCraw
Texas Department of Public Safety

Panel II

Mr. Jesse Hereford
Vice Chairman of the Border Trade Alliance

Mr. Wilfredo Martinez
Laredo Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Jose D. Gonzalez
Jose David Gonzalez Customs Brokerage

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

“Our nation’s economy depends on the efficient flow of commerce across our borders. However, the security at our ports of entry remains a target of drug cartels and others seeking to smuggle drugs, weapons, and cash in and out of the United States. Technology can be a force multiplier for our brave men and women protecting the border. Yet questions remain regarding whether DHS has developed a sound strategic approach to acquiring technologies to enhance the security at ports of entry in years to come. Our hearing in Laredo seeks to understand local concerns on these issues and how Congress can help.”

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