Senators question plan for preclearance in Abu Dhabi

05/13/2013 | Reuters · Politico (Washington, D.C.)

A group of 11 senators is asking the Department of Homeland Security to re-evaluate its plan for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. "We question whether the Department (of Homeland Security) has the authorization to enter into such an agreement, and we are concerned by the precedent set by the Department's action," the senators wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "Reducing wait times at U.S. airports should be a top priority of DHS and CBP, not using U.S. tax dollars to benefit a foreign government, particularly when wait times at U.S. points of entry continue to be excessive," said Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio.

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