U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy received confirmation today from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that no additional CBP officers will be transferred from Orlando International Airport to the southwest border during the 90-day period between April 2018 and June 2018. Murphy has been pushing for this result at the request of Orlando International leadership since CBP announced in December 2017 that it would relocate four officers from the airport to the southwest border during the 90-day period between January 2018 and March 2018. Murphy immediately raised concerns with CBP, held a meeting with senior CBP officials in January 2018, and held a follow-up phone call with those officials in March. In all of these conversations, Murphy emphasized that CBP officers serve a critical role at Orlando International – from processing international passengers in order to maintain public safety to inspecting cargo in order to keep the economy moving.
“Orlando International Airport is Florida’s busiest airport and a critical gateway to central Florida’s economy,” said Murphy. “Orlando International must have the CBP officers it needs to keep passengers and commerce moving in the safest, most efficient way possible. I’m pleased we prevented another transfer of CBP officers from the airport to the southwest border, and I will continue fighting to keep CBP officers at Orlando International, where they serve an invaluable purpose.”
“Congresswoman Murphy is to be commended for her advocacy on the critical issue of understaffing at our nation’s airports, seaports and land border crossings,” said Tony Reardon, National President of the National Treasury Employees Union. (NTEU). “Constantly moving CBP Officers from around the country to assist with understaffing at the southern border land ports is the wrong approach. The right approach is providing funding for CBP to hire the demonstrably needed Officers, Agriculture Specialists and other CBP employees,” Reardon added. NTEU represents 25,000 CBP personnel at 328 ports of entry across the country.