Senator Flake and Senator McCain have proposed a program to both the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security, asking them to work together to help military service members reenter the civilian workforce. Understaffed ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border can provide necessary jobs for veterans, while aiding the Custom and Border Protection offices additional support.
Toward ensuring that the staffing needs of the ports of entry are met in a timely fashion, we urge you to explore allowing local Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field offices the opportunity to partner with military bases in their region. We hope that you will consider employing any direct hiring authorities within your control to assist with timely transitions to fill vacancies that are highly important to trade relations and national security,” wrote the senators. “This would offer the dual benefits of providing separating service members the opportunity to gain employment while aiding CBP’s staffing deficiency.”
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