Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: CBP is Overworked and Understaffed

Feb 20, 2013
Press Release

Miami, FL –Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after taking a tour of Port Everglades with Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

“I'm grateful that Secretary Napolitano is visiting Port Everglades and Miami International Airport to fully witness the insufficient staffing at our ports.  Customs and Border Patrol staffing at Port Everglades and Miami International Airport has been a continual problem that needs to be adequately addressed. Our CBP agents are working diligently to protect us from any security threats, illegal substances, and invasive pests and diseases entering the United States, but the lack of staffing is creating long and disorganized lines for travelers, and discouraging travelers from visiting and using South Florida's ports.

“Tourism is the backbone of Florida’s economy, and DHS must do more to adequately staff our ports.  I urge Secretary Napolitano to review the customs process; a streamlined operation with increased staff would not only be more efficient, but would help to prevent any threat from slipping by overworked and understaffed CBP agents.”