Customs officers from airports, northern border to be sent to southwest border
Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
April 12, 2019 Atlanta - International travelers wait in line for processing and interview at customs process area of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday, April 12, 2019. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden told the AJC earlier this week that the movement of Customs agents to the southern border "has reduced our staffing levels here at Hartsfield-Jackson. And we are advocating through our Congressional delegation to hopefully get more staff here to balance it out throughout the country."
CBP’s top official in Atlanta declined to provide specific information about staffing levels.
But CBP said in a new statement that it "will send CBP officers from airports and northern border locations on temporary assignments throughout the Southwest border to support the U.S. Border Patrol during the current border security and humanitarian crisis."
Those officers will replace CBP officers assigned to support Border Patrol along the Southwest border, according to the agency.
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, one of the world's largest carriers, and Hartsfield-Jackson, ranked for years as the world's busiest airport. She has covered airlines for more than 15 years, graduated from Harvard and has a master's degree from Northwestern.