Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Minn. lawmakers push for new border patrol facility in Hallock

  • They say city is a logical fit.

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  • U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Congressman Collin Peterson have renewed their call to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to build a new proposed border patrol facility in Hallock, Minn. The Minnesota representatives wrote a letter to the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department, Alan Bersin, noting Hallock’s unique and valuable advantages that make it an ideal location for the new facility.
    “For months I have been working with Kittson County officials to bring this facility to Hallock,” Klobuchar said. “I know how important this is to local residents and Hallock’s economy. This facility is also critical to strengthening security at a critical border crossing.”
    "As I told CPB in a call earlier today, Hallock's existing infrastructure and ability to avoid flooding make it an ideal location for the construction of a new border facility,” said Franken. Putting the office in this ideal location would also bring much needed jobs to the area."
    Klobuchar, Franken, and Peterson wrote a letter to Commissioner Bersin last September calling on his Department to first consider Hallock for its proximity to a local airport and major interstate, as well as its ability to avoid major flooding which has been a problem in other Red River Valley communities.

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