As a measure to address the rate at which asylum seekers troop into the US from Central America, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made an announcement recently about their plans to transfer about 750 officers of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from the US-Canadian border down south to its border with Mexico. The transfer which will be a temporary one will entail the reassigning of these officers and had already created concerns about the potential of having travel delays at crowded ports of entry. 13 members of the Northern Caucus of the US House of Representatives, on May 3, wrote a letter to Kevin K. McAleenan, the Acting Secretary of the DHS, requesting that he rescind the reassignment of the CBP officials. The Representatives were from Michigan, New York, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Washington, and North Dakota — all of them being border states. They expressed in their letter, their concerns about the low-staffing situation at the northern border which the transfers will only work to worsen, and expose the border to more problems. Can the low-staffed CBP handle the traffic at the border? The caucus's worry was majorly about the potential for the transfers to cause delays at the border. Statistics from the DHS show that there are about 400,000 people and goods worth more than $1.6 billion that cross America's border with Canada every day. This explains their concerns as the consequent low staffing at the border will cause the CBP's underperformance at the border, especially now that the summer travel season has picked up. Apart from their worry for delays at the border, they also have concerns that the move will make the US vulnerable to security risks. Based on this, it is clear that US employers whose workers intend to apply for the L-1 visa or TN at the port of entry into Canada will have to expect delays. The poor staffing will undoubtedly cause drag in the adjudication of petitions. As it is, those seeking to renew their L-1 visas should apply through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Stay connected to www.visaweekly.com to get updates on Visa and Immigration news from Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK and, the US! We will also assist with the better visa process. Please approach us for the smooth and quick visa process.
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