by Loren G. Edelstein | January 26, 2017
U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement yesterday, following President Trump's signing of an executive order on border security.
"Without security there can be no travel, and the American travel community strongly supports efforts to ensure all of the country's entry points are secure. For that reason, we urge the administration to devote a significant percentage of the proposed 5,000 new border security officers to our air and sea ports of entry to ensure all travelers are vetted appropriately and effectively.
"The U.S. Travel Association will be releasing a Secure Travel Enhancement Plan in the coming days to highlight the need for an effective and federally funded entry-exit system as well as additional improvements to our travel security processes, including expansion of the successful Visa Security, Customs Preclearance, and Global Entry programs."
The text of Trump's order deems it the policy of the executive branch to "secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism.
"Southern border," the order continues, "shall mean the contiguous land border between the United States and Mexico, including all points of entry," while "Wall" shall mean a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous and impassable physical barrier."