Schumer calls on CBP to maintain staffing level at northern border

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Published on May 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:24s

Schumer calls on CBP to maintain staffing level at northern border

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to maintain a minimum staffing level at the northern border following the announcement that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to relocate personnel to the southern border.

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Schumer calls on CBP to maintain staffing level at northern border

THERE'S A BORDERBATTLE BREWING INWASHINGTON--OVER STAFFING ANDSECURITY... AND WECOULD FEEL THE IMPACT,HERE IN WESTERN NEWYORK.NEW YORK'S SENIORSENATOR..

CHARLESSCHUMER... IS NOWCALLING ON CUSTOMSAND BORDERPROTECTION--TO MAINTAIN A "MINIMUMSTAFFING LEVEL" AT THENORTHERN BORDER....AFTER HOMELANDSECURITY ANNOUNCED APOSSIBILITY OF MOVINGWORKERS SOUTH.7 EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER JEFFSLAWSON IS IN THENEWSROOM WITH THELATEST.THIS PLAN WASANNOUNCED BY USCUSTOMS AND BORDERPROTECTION IN APRILAND WOULD MOVE UP TO300 BORDER OFFICERSFROM NORTHERN AREASDOWN TO THESOUTHERN BORDER...ADECISION THAT NEWYORK REPRESENTATIVESARE SAYING WILL LEAVEWESTERN NEW YORKDRASTICALLYUNPREPARED...SENATOR CHARLESSCHUMER RELEASED ALETTER ON SUNDAYCALLING ON USCUSTOMERS ANDBORDER PROTECTION TOMAINTAIN THE MINIMUMSTAFFING LEVEL OF 3,600CUSTOMERS OFFICERSAT THE US CANADIANBORDER... THIS IS IN LINEWITH THE NORTHERNBORDER STRATEGY THATTHE DEPARTMENT OFHOMELAND SECURITYOUTLINED IN 2017.SENATOR SCHUMERSAYS TRANSFERINGTHESE OFFICERS NOWCOULD HAVE A MASSIVEIMPACT NOT ONLY ONNATIONAL SECURITY --BUT THE LOCALECONOMY AS WELL.EARLIER LAST WEEKDEMOCRATICCONGRESSMAN BRIANHIGGINS ALSO SENT ALETTER TO THEDEPARTMENT OFHOMELAND SECURITY.

INA TWEET HE SAID "THEMOVE IMPACTS THESECURITY AND ABILITYTO STREAMLINE LAWFULTRADE AND TRAVEL ONUS-CANADA BORDER."THIS LETTER WASSIGNED BY REPUBLICANCHRIS COLLINS AS WELL.THERE ARE REPORTSTHAT BORDER PATROLAGENTS HAVE ALREADYBEEN TRANSFEREDDOWN TO THESOUTHERN BORDER.

THETRANSFER IS FOR ATHREE MONTH STINTWHICH WOULD COVERALL OF THE SUMMERMONTHS HERE IN WNY --WHICH ARE SOME OFTHE BUSIEST AT THEBORDER.

IN THENEWSROOM JEFFSLAWSON 7EWN.

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