House lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill that would formalize the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency’s authority to perform security operations, FCW reported Thursday.
Mark Rockwell writes that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act is sponsored by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
The bill is designed to authorize the maritime, transportation and border security functions of CBP as well as clarify authorities under the Homeland Security Act.
CBP is “an agency with more than 44,000 federal law enforcement officers, it is critical that Congress provide greater transparency, accountability and oversight to CBP on a routine basis,” McCaul said, according to FCW.
“With the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the border, we are reminded how difficult their mission is and so critical to our national security,” Miller added, according to the publication.