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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the increase in staffing of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at ports of entries in Arizona:

“Arizona welcomes over 42 million people, 15 million cars, and 754,000 trucks through our Southwest ports each year. Often times these travelers are unnecessarily delayed due to lack of staffing at these facilities. I have received notice from Customs and Border Protection that there will be a substantial increase in additional Customs officers at the Douglas, San Luis, and Nogales Ports of Entries. This increase in staffing will both increase security and reduce wait times for those looking to cross the border and do business in our state. At the Mariposa Port of Entry, for example, the average wait time for commercial trucks is 37.5 minutes, one of the worst in the country and completely unacceptable. Even with this increase in Customs officers, there remains a necessity for additional technology and staffing at our ports of entry to help facilitate trade and commerce with our neighbors in Mexico.”