Vote to Reduce Wait Times at Major Airports

Whether you’re teaching English abroad, a frequent traveler, or even if you just get on a plane once a year to visit Grandma at Thanksgiving, I think everyone can get behind shorter lines at the airport!

SUPPORT AMENDMENT TO SENATE IMMIGRATION BILL THAT WILL REDUCE WAIT TIMES AT U.S. GATEWAY AIRPORTS

Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced an amendment to S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, that would help reduce wait times for both international visitors and domestic travelers at major U.S. gateway airports.

Amendment #1235 directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to allocate the appropriate level U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources to reduce primary processing wait times at large international airports of entry serviced by CBP by 50 percent by the end of fiscal year 2014. In addition, the amendment would establish a goal of screening all air passengers within 30 minutes under normal operating circumstances by the end of fiscal year 2016.

TAKE ACTION! The Senate will likely vote on this amendment early next week. Call your Senators now and urge them to cosponsor the Heller Amendment and vote yes when it comes up for a vote.  Click here to look up your Senators’ contact information.

Talking Points

Please cosponsor and vote yes on Amendment #1235 to the immigration reform bill, S. 744, introduced by Senator Dean Heller of Nevada.

Amendment #1235 would help reduce wait times for both international visitors and domestic travelers at major U.S. gateway airports by directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to allocate the appropriate level CBP resources to reduce primary processing wait times at large international airports of entry serviced by CBP by 50 percent by the end of fiscal year 2014.

In addition, the amendment would establish a goal of screening all air passengers within 30 minutes under normal operating circumstances by the end of fiscal year 2016.

The Heller amendment would help rectify a high-stakes issue for the economy.

According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association,  overseas visitors are avoiding the United States due to lengthy and inefficient customs and entry procedures at the nation’s gateway airports.

By experience and word of mouth, at least 100 million overseas travelers are receiving the message to avoid travel to the U.S. – costing the economy at least $95 billion and 518,900 jobs.

I respectfully request that the Senator cosponsor and vote yes on Amendment #1235.

2013-06-14T20:05:47+00:00

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