The new funding will help pay for the design phase of the planned expansion and modernization.
Udall said, "The Columbus Port of Entry is extremely important to security, U.S.-Mexico trade and economic development in Southwest New Mexico. But the current facilities are outdated, prone to flooding and don't allow officials to smoothly handle inspections and increased commercial activity,"
The Columbus Port of Entry was built in 1989 to screen visitors entering the United States. Plans call for expanding the building workspace, inspection facilities and parking capacity to ensure the facility meets the needs of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Similar efforts are underway south of the border, where the government of Mexico is working to reroute traffic and improve access to port facilities.
The new construction project will more than triple the size of the existing facility from over 20,000 to over 60,000 square feet of building space.