08.18.16

POSTPONED: Chairman McCaul to Visit Northern Border Next Week

Rep. Poliquin to Host Visit with Chairman McCaul and Newly Appointed US Border Patrol Chief

WASHINGTON – Next week House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10) will join U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan for an in-depth, day-long tour of Maine’s Northern Border and a town hall discussion hosted by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus.

On Thursday, August 25, Chairman McCaul, Chief Morgan, and Rep. Poliquin will tour the Houlton Sector Border Patrol Headquarters facilities and Houlton Station, participate in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials and local law enforcement members working on the border, and take an extensive aerial tour of the Maine-Canadian border by helicopter. Prior to the tour, Chairman McCaul and Rep. Poliquin will hold a press conference at Bangor International Airport.

Chairman McCaul: “Understanding the unique threats to and security gaps along the Northern Border is critical to addressing national security challenges. Securing the Northern Border, like all our borders, must remain a top priority. I look forward to examining first-hand the security measures being implemented at our northernmost perimeter.”

Rep. Poliquin: “Maine shares a 611-mile border with Canada, and it’s critical that every inch of it is secure to keep our families, communities and our Nation safe—from drug traffickers and those who seek to threaten our homeland. At the same time, it’s important that we balance the need for strong security with the needs of our communities, families and local businesses in Northern, Western and Downeast Maine that go across the border every day for work, for pleasure and to visit loved ones. I am very excited for this opportunity to host two of our Nation’s top officials on border security—House Homeland Security Committee Chairman McCaul and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Morgan—for this uniquely valuable tour of Maine’s Northern Border and public town hall discussion to hear directly from local law enforcement and community members who are impacted by the border every day.”

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Before the Northern Border tour, Chairman McCaul and Rep. Poliquin will hold a press conference at Bangor International Airport to discuss border communities and crossings, as well as issues these communities face such as drug trafficking along the border.

WHAT: Press conference in Bangor prior to Northern Border tour
WHERE: Bangor International Airport, outdoor parking lot next to the Sheraton Bangor Hotel, 308 Godfrey Blvd., Bangor, Maine
WHEN: 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 25
CONTACT: Brendan Conley, Press Secretary, Office of Rep. Poliquin

 **Credentialed members of the press are invited to attend**

 

In addition, that evening at 6 p.m., the group is inviting members of the community who live and work near the international border to participate in a public town hall forum in Houlton to discuss border security and crossing concerns.

WHAT: Public Town Hall
WHERE: Shiretown Motor Inn, 282 North St., Houlton, Maine
WHEN: 6 p.m on Thursday, August 25
RSVP: Rep. Poliquin’s Presque Isle office located at 631 Main Street or by phone at 207-764-1968.

**This event is open to the public**

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