S. 1253 would authorize the appropriation of $136 million in 2024 and $157 million each year from 2025 through 2029 for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to increase staffing at ports of entry.
Specifically, the bill would require CBP to hire at least 600 border patrol officers each year until the number of officers equals the number identified by the agency’s staffing model. The bill also would authorize CBP to hire administrative staff to support the additional border patrol officers. Finally, S. 1253 would impose various reporting requirements on CBP and the Government Accountability Office. Those activities would be covered by the bill’s authorized appropriations.
Based on historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO estimates that implementing S. 1253 would cost $733 million over the 2024-2028 period and $188 million after 2028, subject to the appropriation of the specified amounts.