A total of 731 Customs and Border Protection officials nationwide have been temporarily reassigned to the southern border. Fifty of those are from New Jersey, according to a letter sent by members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to Kevin McAleenan, the acting director of Homeland Security.
The letter rings alarm bells about potential security risks that staffing reassignment may cause at New Jersey’s air and seaports, and asks the Department of Homeland Security to answer several 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 U.S. Reps. Albio Sires (D-8th) and Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th) signed on to the letter.
Sires sat down with David Cruz of NJTV News to discuss why he’s opposed to sending New Jersey CBP officers to the southern border and what Congress can do about it.