Member Story: Homeland Security is More than Just Law Enforcement

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The U.S. Coast Guard (a branch of the U.S Department of Homeland Security) recently conducted a marine inspection for the San Diego cruise company Hornblower Cruises & Events while its cruise vessel was still located in Ensenada, Baja California.

While most people solely think of DHS as law enforcement, the overseas inspection – which allowed Hornblower to complete requirements quickly and at a lower cost – represents one example of an overall shift towards commerce facilitation and economic security.

From Chamber VP, Paola Avila:

“This tremendous effort by the Coast Guard was key to facilitating the relationship and helping to grow commerce while ensuring economic security between our two nations. The Coast Guard is to be commended for seeing the possibility that exists by utilizing the strong San Diego-Mexico economic relationship to create new business opportunities for both of our nations.”