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Revisit open skies policy

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I recommend that the open skies policy be reassessed in light of budget constraints. International airports with low passsenger volume (i.e., one flight per day) require inordinant resources per passenger when compared to busier airports. This allocation of resources is a drain on busier airports and results in personnel actually working a total of 1-2 hours in exchange for 8 hrs pay. In addition, remote locations often do not have detention and removal personnel in proximity to take illegal aliens into custody, necessitating long commutes to the nearest facility for existing personnel. These airports represent a threat to agricultural interests and national security (due to limited staffing and oversight), and officer safety (when lengthy transport is required upon completion of an expedited removal case).

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Idea No. 352