Texas congressman requests update on border technology

Texas congressman requests update on border technology

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) recently sent at a letter to Chad Wolf, acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, requesting more information on the implementation of Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology along the southern border.

“I write to call attention to the opioid epidemic that continues plaguing our nation, and the actions we must take to ensure we are appropriately addressing this crisis,” Williams said. “Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids resulted in over 50,000 deaths in 2019 alone, prompting the U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat opioids and develop innovative ways to gain control of this dire situation.”

The CBP developed a comprehensive strategy last year to combat the opioid crisis. Included in the strategy was the recommendation to improve detection technologies at the southern border so agents can better screen vehicles crossing from Mexico into the United States. The technology allows agents to scan every vehicle and is a tool in drug detection.

Congress appropriated $705 million over three years to implement NII technology.

Williams requested Wolf update him on a list of the ports of entry where NII technology has been fully implemented, how much of the $705 million remains, and when all ports of entry will have NII installed.