WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - Representatives of states along the U.S. border with Canada -- including north country Congreswoman Elise Stefanik -- are asking for more border patrol officers.
In a letter to House appropriations committee leaders, Stefanik and other members of the Northern Border Caucus are calling for 1,800 new positions in Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including 1,200 new border patrol officers.
The Department of Homeland Security has recently begun transferring hundreds CBP personnel from other areas -- including the northern border -- to help with the situation at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
The letter says the increase "will alleviate the need for these transfers in the long term and limit the excessive overtime that results from being understaffed."
The CBP currently has a shortage of over 3,700 officers, caucus members say.
The caucus points out that at 5,525 miles, the northern border is the world’s longest between two countries.
About 400,000 people and over $1.6 billion in goods cross the border every day through more than 120 ports of entry.