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TSA Employees Being Sent to Mexican Border to Help With Immigration Crisis



The Department of Homeland Security is calling on hundreds of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers to work the southern border of the United States as part of the escalating immigration crisis.

According to CNN, a maximum of 400 TSA officers will be called to the southwest border between the U.S. and Mexico to address the humanitarian and security crisis, with department attorneys and air marshals part of the task force.

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The call for TSA employees at the border does not include airlines” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>uniformed airport screeners, which is good news for travelers who feared fewer agents working security checkpoints would result in more time waiting in lines.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said more than 109,000 migrants attempting to cross the border were apprehended or turned away in April, the second month in a row the number topped 100,000.

As a result, U.S. President Donald Trump continues to call on Congress to fix loopholes in immigration law and provide the funding needed to secure the border.

In response, U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Tori Barnes issued the following statement:

“Acknowledging the concerns about the situation on the southern border, we must closely watch the secondary effects of the measures being undertaken to address it—especially disruption to the U.S. economy.”

“Further stretching CBP and TSA resources—especially headed into the busiest time of year at our nation’s airports and points of entry—clearly could result in turmoil for business and leisure travel that supports millions of livelihoods all across the country.”

“Additional funding is essential, but further system-wide reforms are needed to ensure the full functionality of these crucial agencies. We urge the administration and Congress to immediately engage in a thorough and intensive discussion about appropriate resourcing for all of the Department of Homeland Security’s vital functions in the face of current challenges.”

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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