Monday, December 5, 2005

Nashville uniform company makes border patrol clothing in Mexico

The Nashville City Paper reports in this article that Nashville-based VF Solutions makes U.S. Border Patrol uniforms in Mexico, and some Washington politicians want to change the law to require that they be made in the U.S.:

"Complaints from border officers about their attire have prompted at least two U.S. congressmen to call for a new law requiring the uniforms to be made in the United States."

"The shirts and pants are made by Nashville’s VF Solutions under a contract with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. VF is allowed to subcontract work in Mexico, Canada and the Dominican Republic."

"Agency officials would not release details about their contract with VF Solutions, but said the multi-year contract was awarded in accordance with federal acquisition regulations that seek out the best value for the government. Security concerns have been addressed, according to a prepared statement released by the agency."

"Last year, Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi introduced legislation requiring all Border Patrol uniforms to be manufactured in the United States, but the bill never passed."

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