Stefanik, other lawmakers say re-assigning of agents puts Northern border at risk

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined a group of lawmakers this week, who are calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to rescind the transfer of Northern border patrol agents to the Southern border.

In a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Stefanik and other members of the Northern Border Caucus urged the DHS to rescind an order that temporarily re-assigns 30 customs agents to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The caucus fears that as border crossings increase over the coming summer months, it could put the security of the Northern border at risk. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has said those agents will come from stations all across the Northern border, not just New York. 

A spokesperson for C.B.P. told our sister station in Buffalo (WIVB-TV) that the transfers will not impact security. As with any travel season, the agency said those crossing the Northern Border will likely experience longer wait times due to demand and not due to agents being sent south.

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