Department of Homeland Security plans to train thousands of inspectors
at airports, seaports and highway border crossings so that each
can conduct immigration, customs and agriculture checks, functions
now performed by three different people, The New York Times reported.
Secretary Tom Ridge said 5,000 law-enforcement officers who work
at immigration and customs would be trained to work as federal air
marshals so they could be shifted to airliner duty when the department
thought the hijacking threat was high.
cross-training will help the department respond better to intelligence
tips, Ridge said. "You've got to be as adroit and flexible
as the enemy," Ridge said in a speech at the American Enterprise
Institute, a conservative think tank.