Members of Congress are growing concerned about what they say is a shortage of agents on the southern side of the Canada-U.S. border.
New York Democrat Rep. Brian Higgins says Customs and Border Protection personnel are being temporarily reassigned to help fortify the U.S. border with Mexico.
Higgins says as a result, busy points of entry along the Canada-U.S. border are seeing longer delays and unstaffed kiosks.
He says that’s despite the fact that cross-border traffic between Ontario and New York is still only about 85 per cent of what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Republicans are also worried and several wrote to CBP last month to request details about staffing levels amid fears that illegal crossings are on the rise.
A spokesman for Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale says the department has yet to respond to the request.