04.09.21

Peters Visits Southern Border to Meet with Customs and Border Protection and Non-Governmental Organization Officials

Peters Also Visited U.S. Army Proving Grounds in Yuma for Counter Drone Technology Tests

DETROIT, MI – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) visited the Southern Border in Yuma, Arizona to assess humanitarian needs, security challenges, and counter-drug operations. He also visited U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground where he met with officials and observed counter drone technology tests and demonstrations. 

On the visit to the border, Peters met with officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and toured the migrant processing facility. He participated in an aerial tour of the U.S.-Mexico border and toured facilities at the San Luis Point of Entry. He also visited Border Health, a non-profit organization that partners with CBP to provide humanitarian assistance, such as comprehensive health checks and COVID-19 tests, to migrants. The visit also included a meeting with National Guard, who are supporting joint efforts to counter transnational criminal organizations on the southern border.

“I appreciated the opportunity to visit the Southern Border and to hear from officials on the ground about the work they’re doing to meet our security and humanitarian challenges,” said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “I’ll continue to work with the Biden Administration, my colleagues in Congress, and relevant officials and agencies to ensure our borders are secure and that unaccompanied children and asylum seekers are treated in a humane way and can have their applications processed efficiently.”

 

To download these photos and additional photos from his visit, click here.

Peters also toured the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, where he saw a demonstration of developing counter drone technologies. The Yuma Proving Ground work closely with the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) in Warren, Michigan, where the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team (NGCV CFT) is based and developed. Through his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Peters has strongly advocated for the GVSC as a hub for the development of new cutting-edge technologies that will continue to play a critical role in our national defense.

“I was impressed by the Yuma Proving Ground and the critical testing of new technologies there that will define the future of warfare,” said Senator Peters, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. “Ensuring that our military is prepared to face ever-evolving threats will continue to be one of my top priorities.”

To download high-resolution photos from the visit, click here.

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