The Trump administration is focused on building a wall along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border, but in the meantime, the ports of entry continue to be short-staffed.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are exhausted, their union president said. And the agency is still 3,700 people shy of being fully staffed.
Anthony Reardon is president of the National Treasury Employees Union.
"I’ve heard stories where people fall asleep at stoplights or fall asleep getting into their car before even driving away," he said.
The problem is pervasive enough that CBP recently moved nearly 200 officers from airports throughout the country to Arizona on temporary-duty assignments, he said.
CBP spokesman Carlos Diaz sent this statement:
MCO is the Orlando Airport; a group of congressional members recently balked at news that 10 CBP officers had been pulled from that airport to staff ports in Arizona.
The agency is still trying to recruit agents to come to Arizona to work.