A total of 731 Customs and Border Protection, CBP, officials nationwide have been temporarily reassigned to the southern border. Fifty of those officials are from New Jersey, according to a letter sent by members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to the acting director of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan.
The letter rings alarm bells about potential security risks that staffing reassignment may cause at New Jersey’s air and sea ports, and asks the Department of Homeland Security to answer several outstanding questions on the personnel reorganization.
A CBP official said in a statement that, “while the current Southwest border security and humanitarian crisis is impacting CBP operations, we are working to mitigate the effects as much as possible.”
Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and Reps. Albio Sires and Donald Payne Jr. signed on to the letter.
Sires sat down with Senior Correspondent David Cruz to discuss why he’s opposed to sending New Jersey CBP officers to the southern border and what Congress can do about it.