Congressman Vargas Continues Fight for Calexico Port of Entry Funding

Washington, DC - Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) led the charge in requesting funding from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government for the Calexico West Land Port of Entry (LPOE) reconfiguration and expansion project that was included in the budget released by President Obama. 

“The Calexico West Land Port of Entry is a critical border infrastructure project that will result in job creation and economic growth for the region and the nation,” said Congressman Vargas.  “It is an honor to be leading the fight in Congress to secure funding for this vital project.  Expanding and modernizing the Calexico Port of Entry will greatly improve border efficiency and safety.”

Calexico’s LPOE serves more than 16,000 privately-owned vehicles (POVs) and 20,000 pedestrian crossings on a daily basis.  In a 2007 study, the Imperial Valley Association of Governments estimated that delays due to border wait times cost California businesses an estimated $436 million and 5,639 jobs.

Representative Vargas will continue to work with other stakeholders in the region to secure funding for the Calexico Port of Entry during the House and Senate appropriations process.

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