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MIA, FLL to get more passport control agents


Miami International Airport will get more passport control agents to handle long immigration lines, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Monday.

Airport administrators won’t know for a while how many more agents they’ll get. They have been promised by Sept. 30, 2015. Some 2,000 additional agents will be deployed across 44 ports in 18 states.

MIA is one of four Florida ports that will benefit from the staffing boost, said Greg Chin, an airport spokesman. The others are Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral.

Emilio González, the director of Miami-Dade County’s aviation department, flew to Washington D.C. last week to lobby federal officials for more agents. South Florida members of Congress have also been pushing to ease the burden on travelers.