Tester: People Want Safe Border, Unhampered Trade

By Beacon Staff

HAVRE – U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says people along the Montana Hi-Line want a safe international border, but not at the expense of trade between the U.S. and Canada.

Tester says that was a principal message he heard during a three-day border tour that ended Wednesday with a Senate field hearing in Havre on border security.

An audience of about 125 people attended the hearing at Montana State University-Northern.

On part of the tour, Tester was accompanied by the deputy secretary of Homeland Security, Paul Schneider.

Tester serves on the Senate Homeland Security Committee. He says the tour gave him a chance to see for himself the problems faced at the northern border.

He says many Hi-Line residents told him they want to see more ports of entry open around the clock.

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