Peterson calls on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reverse decision to reduce hours at Lancaster, Roseau Port of Entry

Nov 17, 2017 Issues: Economy and Jobs

In a phone call to U.S Customs and Border Protection, Congressman Collin C. Peterson asked the agency to reconsider their decision in reducing service hours and shifting staff at key border entry ports in Lancaster and Roseau.

“These ports help drive the local economy when Canadians visiting Minnesota spend money at our restaurants, gas stations, golf courses, and campgrounds. In addition to tourism, this change will affect the ability for medical personnel in Roseau to respond to emergency calls in the Northwest Angle and smaller towns in Manitoba,” Peterson said. “I hope the Customs officials will begin to listen to the concerns of those living and working in these communities.”

On the call, the agency confirmed that a final decision has not been made and that there is still a possibility for an adjustment of the proposed hours at the ports. Since the decision was announced, both Lancaster and Roseau have had town halls for area residents to voice their concerns with CBP officials.