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Lawmakers Want More Agents, Better Technology at Border Crossings

What will it take to stop drugs and criminals from coming across America’s borders? Better technology and more agents, say two members of a House subcommittee who came to the border Monday pitching high-tech inspections of all private cars and commercial trucks at land ports of entry.

The Securing America’s Ports Act calls on the Department of Homeland Security to develop a budget and a timetable to implement non-intrusive inspection (NII) systems at border crossings and to carry out a one-year pilot program. Right now, CBP agents scan only 15 percent of the truck traffic and only 1 percent of the cars coming across the border. The rest are only subject to visual or physical inspections.

Bill cosponsors Xochitl Torres-Small, D-New Mexico, and Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, said Congress earlier this year approved $579 million for NII technology, some of which is already being spent on a pilot program in South Texas. More of that money should be spent once the program’s results are analyzed.

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