From the Morning Memo:

A report from U.S. Department of Homeland Security about Customs and Border Protection staffing at the northern ports of entry is past due and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is demanding DHS deliver its findings to Congress immediately.

In April, CBP announced it planned to temporarily move 300 northern border officers to the southern border. That prompted Schumer to lead a push for new legislation requiring a report by August 1.

So far those details about the number of officers who have been reassigned and what resources and conditions would allow for a return to the previous staffing levels have not been delivered.

“This report is of great interest to many border communities in New York and across the nation which do not wish to see commerce interrupted by increased wait times, or their security threatened by the lack of adequate staffing,” Schumer wrote in a letter to the Homeland Security Secretary. “In particular, Western and Northern New York rely heavily on cross-border tourism during the summer months.”

He noted nearly 5 million vehicles cross the border at Buffalo’s Peace Bridge annually and the summer months are particularly busy. He said the potential staffing shortage could be a disincentive to tourism which is vital to the region.

Schumer has noted there have been noticeable backups and slower traffic at the bridge since CBP announced it was reassigning staff.