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Congress joins debate over sending TSA employees to border

4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 May 21, 2019 12:17 PM May 21, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are clashing over the Trump administration's move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The TSA is asking federal air marshals, airport screeners and others to volunteer to support a buildup of federal agents along the border who are dealing with waves of migrants.

Rep. Debbie Lesko, an Arizona Republican, says that tapping TSA workers shows there's a crisis on the border.

But the Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, said the administration is using TSA to manufacture a crisis.

Travel industry groups have expressed concern that the shift could leave airports understaffed during the peak summer season.

TSA says it can handle the job and will move fewer than 1% of its 60,000 employees to the border.

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