Lack Of Inspectors At Border Crossings Costs Millions
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has beefed up the number of border agents in the last 10 years, but not its customs inspectors – those officers in blue who check the legitimate traffic coming through the ports of entry.
That’s led to long wait times to get into the United States at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border from California to Texas. That translates into lost dollars, with one study putting the cost at millions of dollars per minute [emphasis added].
It’s all just part of a $360 billion a year cross border trade between the U.S. and Mexico. Here in Nogales, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is getting ready to double the size of the Mariposa Port of Entry, expanding the aging port’s truck lanes from three to eight, and adding four more lanes for normal vehicle traffic.
The problem is the agency doesn’t have enough inspectors to staff the newly expanded port.
They don’t even mention the need for more inspectors for the southbound traffic. That’s how the guns and drug money would be stopped.