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Grace Meng

From the office of:

Grace Meng


Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
Sent By:
Katharine.Nasielski@mail.house.gov

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Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending a letter to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in support of Israel’s participation in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program. A year ago, all
100 Senators
 wrote to Secretary Nielsen urging the expansion of Global Entry to Israel, but there has not yet been progress in securing their participation.

An expanded Global Entry program promises benefits to U.S. tourism and national security, while underscoring the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Since 2012, Israel has been participating in a limited pilot program of Global Entry. Israel’s full
participation in this program would grow the U.S. economy, strengthen national security at each of our borders, and increase opportunities for people-to-people exchange. Ultimately, this would further bolster our already unique bilateral relationship.

If accepted, Israel would join a group of allies who already benefit from participation in Global Entry, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, the Netherlands, Panama, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Switzerland, Argentina,
and India.

If you would like to sign this letter, please do not hesitate to contact either of us. Your staff may contact Katharine Nasielski (Meng) at Katharine.Nasielski@mail.house.gov or Sarah Miller (Mast)
at Sarah.Miller@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

__/s/_______________________________                  __/s/_______________________________

Rep. Grace Meng                                                                             Rep. Brian Mast
Member of Congress                                                                     Member of Congress

 

Letter Text:

Dear Secretary Nielsen:

We write to you in support of Israel’s participation in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program. A year ago, all 100 of our colleagues in the United States Senate wrote to you urging the expansion of Global Entry to Israel – an unwavering
ally. We write to you today, to ensure that the benefits that Global Entry promises to U.S. tourism, to our country’s national security, and to the U.S.-Israel relationship are realized.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, visits from Israel to the United States have averaged 418,000 people per year for the past three years. Israeli travelers account for $1.2 billion in spending annually, with an average $4,000 in personal spending
per trip.

CBP’s Global Entry Program allows expedited entry upon arrival to the United States for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. By removing known, low-risk travelers from the regular screening process, CBP is able to focus resources on potentially riskier unknown
travelers.

Since 2012, Israel has been participating in a limited pilot program of Global Entry. Israel’s full participation in this program would grow the U.S. economy, strengthen national security at each of our borders, and increase opportunities for people-to-people
exchange, which bolsters our already unique bilateral relationship.

Israel would join a group of allies who benefit from participation in Global Entry, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, the Netherlands, Panama, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Switzerland, Argentina, and India.

We urge you expediently open the full benefits of Global Entry to Israel, and to provide an update to Congress on the status of the current negotiations.

 

Sincerely,

Rep. Grace Meng                                                                                Rep. Brian Mast

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