Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 053406
   

File Number: 053406 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1164-05 Control:
File Name: URGE CONGRESS TO FUND HOMELAND SEC. FOR MIA INTL PASSENGERS Introduced: 12/2/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/18/2005
Agenda Date: 10/18/2005 Agenda Item Number: 11A3
Notes: see 052394 for final version as adopted. Title: RESOLUTION URGING U.S. CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION TO ENSURE THAT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE DANTE B. FASCELL PORT OF MIAMI DADE IS FULLY STAFFED TO QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY PROCESS INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 052394]
Indexes: HOMELAND SECURITY
  INTERNATIONAL
  MIA TERMINAL SECURITY
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

County Attorney 12/2/2005 Referred Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 12/14/2005

County Attorney 12/2/2005 Assigned Abigail Price-Williams 12/2/2005

Board of County Commissioners 10/18/2005 11A3 Amended Adopted as amended P
REPORT: The foregoing proposed resolution was adopted as amended to include the following language: “….to ensure that Miami International Airport and the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade are fully staffed to quickly and effectively process international passengers.”

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING U.S. CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION TO ENSURE THAT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE DANTE B. FASCELL PORT OF MIAMI DADE IS FULLY STAFFED TO QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY PROCESS INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami International Airport ("MIA") and the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade ("Seaport") are Miami-Dade County's major economic engines that directly or indirectly provide more than 297,000 jobs and $30 billion into the community; and
WHEREAS, MIA is undergoing a $5.2 billion Capital Improvement Program that includes the construction, renovation and expansion of the Terminal; and
WHEREAS, the Seaport is the Cruise Capital of the World and has a $700 million Capital Improvement Program; and
WHEREAS, in 2004, more than 7 million international passengers were processed at MIA; and
WHEREAS, in 2004, more than 1.5 million international passengers were processed at the Seaport; and
WHEREAS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the agency of the Department of Homeland Security that staffs the Federal Inspection Service Facilities and is responsible for processing international passengers; and
WHEREAS, according to the Department of Homeland Security, MIA is among the busiest airports in the United States for international passengers; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ("GAO") issued a report stating that the average wait time to process a planeload of international passengers at MIA is more than 45 minutes; and
WHEREAS, the GAO report further stated that 20% of flights at MIA exceed 60 minutes to process; and
WHEREAS, international passengers at the Seaport also experience long wait times for processing; and
WHEREAS, the long wait times being experienced by MIA's and the Seaport's international passengers place MIA and the Seaport at a competitive disadvantage to other international gateway airports and seaports; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection can reduce wait times by fully staffing the passport control booths,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, that:
Section 1. This Board urges the United States Congress to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ensure that Miami International Airport and the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade are fully staffed to quickly and effectively process international passengers.
Section 2. This Board directs the County's federal lobbyists to lobby Congress for additional funding for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to increase the number of CBP officers at MIA and the Seaport.


Section 3. This Board directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the federal legislative package.
Section 4. This Board further directs the Clerk of the Board to forward copies of this Resolution to each member of the Miami-Dade Congressional Delegation.



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