Border Crossing Waits to Shrink Soon, Sen. Schumer Secures More Agents

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 12:14 AM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 12:14 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) Senator Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday that Buffalo will soon be getting more border agents at border crossing areas in the region.

Schumer was quick to push for this issue as he said in December that within the past 18 months, the federal government cut about 60 agents from the areas.

The senator said the huge backups hurt our economy, explaining that we do a lot of trade with Canada and it's the inconvenience hurts commerce.

Schumer was able to secure 2000 more border agents in the budget which was passed on Monday.

Because of that and a commitment he secured with the Secretary of Homeland Security, Buffalo will be receiving a large amount of the new agents.

The hiring and training process for the new agents is expected to begin within two to three months.

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