Friday, February 1, 2019

President Trump Wanted 15,000 New Border Agents. Instead, There Are More Vacancies

Just days after he took office, Donald Trump signed an executive order authorizing the hiring of 15,000 more Border Patrol and immigration officers.
But in 2018, all of 120 new agents were added to the workforce. And that's the first net gain for the Border Patrol in five years.
The problem is that the plan was too ambitious to begin with and it's getting even more difficult to retain Border Patrol agents already on the job.
Los Angeles Times:
Today, Customs and Border Protection — the Border Patrol’s parent agency — has more than 3,000 job vacancies, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
That’s about 2,000 more than when Trump signed the orders, according to a Government Accountability Office report on CBP’s hiring challenges.
Border Patrol staffing remains below the 21,360 agents mandated by Congress in 2016, which is itself 5,000 less than Trump’s order, according to the latest available data.
Part of the problem is the consulting firm the government contracted with to do the hiring: --->
Read the rest of the story HERE and follow link below to a related story.

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