The influential Lexington Institute has released a study that strongly defends the Jones Act’s role in protecting US borders and defending against international terrorism.
Written by Dr Daniel Goure, the study credits the Act for its significant role in homeland security, especially since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Without the Act, writes Dr Goure, the Department of Homeland Security would face a much more complicated task in monitoring foreign-controlled and foreign-crewed vessels on US coastal and inland waters.
The Jones Act dates back to 1920 and requires any internal cargo deliveries – on US waters and between US ports – to use vessels that are US-made, US-flagged and US-owned, as well as employing crews of US citizens or US permanent residents.
This study follows a similar paper issued by the Institute in March this year in response to a wave of calls from politicians and businessmen to revoke or amend the Act.
Those critics claim the Act constitutes an economic burden to states and territories that are not part of the lower 48 states – in particular Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam.
The Lexington Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank based in Arlington, Virginia.