Over 150 House Members sent letters to Secretary Napolitano raising questions and opposing the creation of a CBP pre-clearance facility in Abu Dhabi in the past week.
Rep. Meehan (R-PA) and Rep. Defazio (D-OR) led a letter in the House challenging the Administration’s plan, and we are grateful for their leadership on this issue. The letter states a CBP preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi “would be a clear benefit for Etihad Airways…what is less clear is why the Department – knowing that no U.S. carriers currently serve Abu Dhabi – would agree to provide this obvious competitive advantage to a foreign carrier at the expense of the domestic airline industry and its over 500,000 workers.”
The letter concludes: “Providing explicit support for a government –owned foreign competition by opening a CBP Preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi is wrongheaded, and we strongly urge you to abandon this agreement.”
The letter comes on the heels of a message sent to DHS late last week by full and subcommittee chairs and ranking members of the House Homeland Security Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Committees’ letter demands more information on the facility and questions the legal authority of the Administration to move forward when Congress has prohibited using third party funds to establish U.S. CBP services outside the U.S.
We thank all Members of Congress who signed these letters for their support of a level playing field and the U.S. aviation workforce.