Mineta announces $44.2 million for border security grants

| 9/27/2004

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced a total of $44.2 million in grants to improve border truck inspection facilities in four states to check trucks as they enter the United States.

Officials announced $31.2 million in grants for Texas and New Mexico at a news conference in El Paso, TX.

DOT also announced another $13 million in grants for Arizona border facilities in Nogales, San Luis and Douglas. Of that, California will receive $8 million for improvements at its Tecate inspection site.

“These grants give our border safety inspectors the facilities they need to make sure that trucks crossing into the United States are safe for our roads and highways,” Mineta said.

The money will be used to pay for land for the construction of new inspection stations or to construct or upgrade existing facilities and equipment to handle growing truck traffic along the border, he added.