What Could CBP Agent Shift Mean to Border Security Here?

Proposal in place to move northern border agents to southern border

Tom Puckett
April 15, 2019 - 4:00 am

Peace Bridge Plaza (American side). October 17, 2018. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Trump Administration and Customs and Border Protection are proposing moving some officers who work at the US-Canadian border to assist with agents at the border with Mexico. What could this mean when you and I cross the border?

Steve MacMartin of Medaille College says there may be some numbers of officers who can be moved. "But it will affect the ports where they leave," says MacMartin. "It'll increase the time employees have to work, it may slow down travel times and wait times at the border, and it could theoretically affect enforcement capability."

MacMartin notes more officers won't necessarily mean stopping illegal activity, citing two smuggling incidents, one alien smuggling, the other marijuana smuggling by helicopter. "Even after that period of time, have there been any events that haven't led to apprehension? More people may not help that," notes MacMartin.

MacMartin notes the CBP has a formula where a certain number of officers from each port can be moved without affecting operations for a certain period of time. 


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