On Tuesday, the efforts of an Orlando-area Congresswoman paid off, at least for a while. Winter Park Democrat Stephanie Murphy received confirmation 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.
“Orlando International must have the CBP officers it needs to keep passengers and commerce moving in the safest, most efficient way possible,” Murphy said in a news release. “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.”
The union representing the airport workers gave Murphy high marks.
“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 borderland ports is the wrong approach.”
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