Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen led a letter from members of the South Florida delegation to recently confirmed Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske urging him to visit Miami International Airport (MIA) to see, first-hand, how the shortage of CBP officers has negatively impacted wait times and processing at MIA. Members of the South Florida Delegation, Sens. Nelson and Rubio and Reps. Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, Wasserman Schultz, Wilson, and Garcia, have worked in a bi-partisan manner to help MIA deal with a welcome growth in passenger traffic, which is only projected to increase especially during major world events, such as the World Cup.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"MIA is a world-class airport that should be equipped to handle a greater influx of passengers and anticipated major world events. South Florida and our nation should be able to depend on a fully-functioning gateway to the Americas. All federal officials and agencies should have a thorough understanding of MIA's needs. I hope Commissioner Kerlikowske will visit South Florida soon and see how vital the proper functioning of MIA is to our nation."