U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was in Detroit on Friday to discuss and tour border operations.
Johnson and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske met with Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and Candice Miller, who are both members of Congress.
Windsor West NDP MP and Border Critic Brian Masse was also in attendance.
According to a Homeland Security media release, "shared economic and security interests along the northern border," were discussed.
A planned $3.5 billion bridge between the Detroit and Windsor, Ont., was also a topic of discussion.
President Barack Obama's l 2015 budget to Congress, revealed in March, did not include funding for a Detroit border inspection plaza. It’s a vital part of the planned span.
Masse told CBC News there was no promise of a plaza. Instead, Masse said U.S. officials told him they were committed to working on getting the plaza built.
Peters wants Washington to pay for the plaza. Peters introduced the Customs Plaza Construction Act of 2014 in February.
It's legislation he hopes will facilitate the construction of customs plaza at trade crossings, including the planned international bridge between Windsor and Detroit.
“The northern border and trade crossings in the state of Michigan have the potential to make our region a transportation and logistics hub in the Midwest if we make the necessary infrastructure investments now,” Peters said in a statement Friday. "We should be allocating resources where the economic utilization will be greatest, where the investment will create jobs, increase exports and grow our middle class.
"Secretary Johnson visiting Michigan is an important step, and it is my hope that he takes the message delivered here today back to Washington, to the Department of Homeland Security and to President Obama so that we can get the federal funding needed to construct customs plazas in our state.”