Homeland Security Department will hire more than 2,000 new employees
to patrol border areas, including 1,700 new inspectors at ports
of entry, Secretary Tom Ridge said March 3.
new hires, which include 570 Border Patrol agents, will be folded
into the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the new border
security agency headed by former Customs Commissioner Robert Bonner.
agency plans to put 615 additional inspectors at airports and 460
inspectors at key land ports such as the Ambassador Bridge/Detroit
Tunnel port-of-entry along the U.S.-Canada border. Funds in the
fiscal 2003 appropriations law will pay for the new staff.
hiring campaign is part of a broader administration effort to improve
the screening of people and goods at U.S. ports through better management
and technology, Ridge said in a speech to the National Association
of Counties in Washington.