Bipartisan Bill to Address Staffing Dearth at Ports of Entry

Two lawmakers have introduced legislation to address personnel shortages at ports of entry on the Southern and Northern borders, as well as in the interior.

The Securing America’s Ports of Entry Act, introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, would fully staff all ports of entry by mandating Customs and Border Protection to hire at least 600 extra officers yearly until the agency Shas met its staffing needs.

Citing analysis of CBP data, the senators said there is a dearth of CBP officers across the nation. That shortage at ports could put CPB’s critical responsibilities at risk and increase wait times for legal goods coming into the country, the lawmakers said.

“This bill goes a long way to ensure CBP has the adequate resources, staffing, and infrastructure they need to help keep our ports safe and running efficiently,” Cornyn said in a statement.

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