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Union backs more CBP hiring

The National Treasury Employees Union has gotten behind an appropriations bill measure to surge hiring at Customs and Border Protection.

The funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, currently advancing in Congress, calls for CBP to hire some 1,200 more officers, several hundred Agriculture Specialists and additional port staff.

“Excessive overtime, double-shifts and temporary duty assignments to the Southern border are taking a toll on the men and women of CBP, and this legislation would go a long way toward improving their safety and the efficiency of the entire agency,” Tony Reardon, NTEU’s president, said in a press release.

The bill would add $151 million to address much-publicized staff shortages severely affecting operations at ports of entry. The bill also would provide $242 million in additional technology to be brought to bear on the agency’s mission.

The agency’s own data shows a shortfall of approximately 3,700 Customs and Border Protection Officers and other key staff, specifically at ports of entry. The understaffing remains “a threat to employee safety and hamper the efficient processing of legitimate trade and travel,” according to the release.

“NTEU commends House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California for recognizing the peril caused by CBP’s staffing shortage and taking strong action to alleviate it,” Reardon said.

View the June 10 issue of FEND for the full article.

Reader comments

Wed, Jun 19, 2019 clerk

we need to have Mexico pay the price. They have $$$. Only for themselves. Let charge them.

Tue, Jun 11, 2019

To last comment- Maybe so. But we still need more CBP staff or some kind of greater border security.

Mon, Jun 10, 2019

CBP needs the help for sure. But the reason for the big wave of immigrants is many countries are just totally failing. El Salvador and Honduras and others. Whole families trying to get in the USA. Because there is no home any more. It's totally destroyed and dangerous. And Mexico has no possible work for them. Forget it. With things this bad no wall is going to hold them back. Need to help rebuild those destroyed economies. Much cheaper than building a 15 billion dollar wall that will really cost 30 billion and have to be staffed and maintained and it will be breached anyway. Stupid.

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