H. R. 4276
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 10, 2019
Mr. Higgins of New York (for himself, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Peterson, Mrs. Rodgers of Washington, Mr. Welch, and Ms. Slotkin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To establish a minimum staffing level of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials along the northern border, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Border Officers Utilization for National Defense Act of 2019 or the
Minimum U.S. Customs and Border Protection staffing along the northern border
Beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall ensure that not fewer than the maximum number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers deployed along the international border between the United States and Canada (referred to in this Act as the
northern border) at any time between January 1, 2016, and such date of enactment are always deployed along the northern border, including at ports of entry along the northern border.
Limitation on transfers
The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection may not transfer any U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer away from an assignment along the northern border, including at ports of entry along the northern border, if such transfer would reduce the number of such officers assigned to the northern border below the level required under subsection (a).