A U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee approved funding Wednesday for 20 additional customs agents to speed inspections and relieve congestion at the San Ysidro border crossing and the San Diego Harbor, Rep. Bill Lowery announced Wednesday.
“This is a much-needed and long-awaited breakthrough,” Lowery (R-San Diego) said in a statement released by his aide, Dan Greenblat. “The cruise industry will finally get the help they need from customs agents in San Diego.”
Greenblat said the additional customs agents would reduce the wait for tourists returning to the United States from Mexico, as well as speed up the processing of cruise ship passengers passing through customs in San Diego.
The fiscal year 1986 appropriation for the agents was included in the Treasury, postal service and general government measure.
Authorization for the additional agents already has been won in the House Ways and Means Committee and will be forwarded to a House-Senate conference committee for consideration.