U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a agreed to increase staffing at its Skagway border port of entry in response to a letter from U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, citing his concerns about long delays during peak tourist season.
“I am encouraged to see Commissioner (R. Gil) Kerlikowske the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are taking my concerns seriously,” Begich said. “The delays at the Skagway border were causing negative impacts on travelers and the local economy. Hiring new staff, shifting temporary staff and increasing overtime for existing staff will go a long way to alleviate the problems, but I will continue to urge CBP to find permanent solutions that will reduce the delays at the border, especially during peak travel season.”
In May, Begich wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Kerlikowske concerning delays at the Skagway border.