Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that it today resumed the inspection of cattle that are exported from Mexico through the port of Douglas, Arizona:
“I am pleased that, effective today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resumed inspection of cattle that are exported from Mexico through the port of Douglas, Arizona. Over the past four months, Arizona cattlemen suffered major economic losses after the USDA banned federal cattle inspectors from traveling to Mexico, citing unspecified fears over border violence.
“Earlier this month, I had a positive discussion with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during which he assured me that he would implement certain protocols to safeguard the lives of inspectors traveling into Mexico and reopen the Douglas cattle-crossing.
“The U.S.-Mexico border remains a dangerous place. This latest example involving the Douglas port reminds us that Congress must enact comprehensive immigration reform to fix our broken immigration system and finally secure our borders.”