The Department of Homeland Security has created a task force to find ways to encourage private investment in infrastructure at U.S. border crossings because federal money for that purpose has dried up, according to a Federal Times article.
Customs and Border Protection said it would take close to $6 billion to modernize its ports of entry, which are more than 40 years old on average and are not able to handle growing cross-border traffic.
Related legislation is moving through Congress as Sen. John Cornyn reintroduced a bill in Jan. that would allow CBP to charge fees in return for providing extra customs and immigration services.
The legislation is to make sure proposals for such alternative financing arrangements “no longer sit on desks in Washington for decades,” Cornyn said.
According to the article, CBP is working on a task force recommendation to create an Office of Public-Private Partnerships to help coordinate planning and remove bureaucratic red tape.