Just as the summer travel season begins, the Transportation Security Administration plans to send hundreds of operatives to the southern U.S. border to help with migrant inflows, according to CNN, which obtained an internal email from the TSA.
"TSA has committed to support with 400 people from Security Ops," a senior TSA official, Gary Renfrow, wrote in the email that CNN received. "We also understand that we are accepting some risk as we enter a very busy summer."
The move raises concerns that TSA screening lines will balloon as travelers take to the skies when school is out.
Tori Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy for the U.S. Travel Association, issued the following statement on reports that TSA employees, including air marshals, will be sent to assist the Customs and Border Protection operatives that have already been reallocated south.
"Acknowledging the concerns about the situation on the southern border, we must closely watch the secondary effects of the measures being undertaken to address it -- especially disruption to the U.S. economy. Further stretching CBP and TSA resources -- especially heading into the busiest time of year at our nation's airports and points of entry -- clearly could result in turmoil for the business and leisure travel that supports millions of livelihoods all across the country.
"Additional funding is essential, but further systemwide reforms are needed to ensure the full functionality of these crucial agencies," the statement continued. "We urge the administration and Congress to immediately engage in a thorough and intensive discussion about appropriate resourcing for all of the Department of Homeland Security's vital functions in the face of current challenges."