Senator Cornyn

As Public-Private Partnerships for Ports of Entry Near Expiration, Cornyn Offers Extension

November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON –Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced legislation to extend the successful Donation Acceptance Program (DAP) which allows for public-private partnerships at U.S. ports of entry and allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to accept donations of property and technology to more efficiently secure the border and process trade.  The program was created by Sen. Cornyn’s bipartisan Cross Border Trade Enhancement Act, which was signed into law in 2016.

“Not even four years after my bill to establish this program became law, multiple Texas ports of entry have utilized public-private partnerships with great success,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “Without this extension, the program will expire, associated construction on new lanes and inspection booths will come to a halt, and ports of entry will have to return to competing for scarce federal resources already stretched because of the pandemic.”