Border task force urges more customs inspectors

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A U.S. Homeland Security task force is recommending the federal government hire more customs officers.

The Southwest Border Task force appointed by created by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also urges increased scrutiny of outbound traffic at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The task force, led by former CIA and FBI director William "Bill" Webster, presented 19 recommendations related to border commerce and violence to the Homeland Security Advisory Council Wednesday. Webster also chairs of the advisory council.

From fiscal years 2007 to 2009, the Border Patrol presence grew by about 55 percent on the southwest border. During that period, the number of customs officers grew by 17 percent.

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