Border Patrol losing agents faster than it can hire them

by Stephen Dinan
November 9, 2017

The U.S. Border Patrol is losing agents faster than it can hire them, according to a new audit released Wednesday that said competition with other federal law enforcement and the difficulty of passing a polygraph test have sapped the agency of nearly 2,000 agents it’s supposed to have.

More than 900 agents leave each year on average but the Border Patrol only hires an average of 523 a year, the Government Accountability Office said in a broad survey of staffing and deployment challenges at the key border law enforcement agency.

The law requires the agency to have a minimum of 21,370 agents on board, but it had just 19,500 agents as of May.

That’s an even bigger problem when stacked up against President Trump’s call for hiring 5,000 more agents, to reach a workforce of 26,370.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Humble Servant says:

    OK you know the problem so fix it.. Give these agents the rights to protect us and themselves and quit tying their hands with legal BS. They are putting their lives on the line to protect this country. IF you do not provide them with the best of equipment and training you are leaving them out there with drug cartels and coyotes to fend for their lives. Give them the best so when they get fired at the place of bullet ignition would be targeted and destroyed. Provide a deterrent sufficiently large enough to provide less future situations like that. We have the technology and the ability, we choose to not utilize.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      You think the rules are the problem, not so. They are under paid and have to work in some of the most brutal environment you can get. Would you choose to work in 100 degree plus heat in the middle of no where? Trump wants a wall but some roads would be nice, or maybe even a reasonable pay.

      2018 Salary Guide
      “Newly hired U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are hired on at one of three government pay grade levels: GL-5, GL-7 or GL-9. The pay for a level GL-5 hire is $38,619 per year. For a GL-7 hire, the wage increases to $43,964. GL-9 hires earn the highest salary of newly recruited border agents, making $49,029 per year. The criteria for deciding the pay grade of a new hire are her past experience and education.”

      Would you do that job for that kind of money?

      1. Navy Bob says:

        Many people who need jobs would work for that money. If you are working for minimum wage and a $38k/year job comes along, you can bet some folks interested in the work will take it. Same with folks who join the military for far less money. It’s not always the money that counts, often it’s the desire to serve.
        What they will not work for is a agency that is waiting the throw you under the bus. Example: 2 agents get fired at by a drug dealer, go on a chase, the dealer wrecks his van and flees on foot toward the border. The agents fire at him and he falls in Mexico. The agents are tried, and the US Attorney allows the drug dealer a visa to come in and lie on the stand so they can get a conviction. The US Just-Us department reviews the case and finds nothing wrong, so the agents go to jail. Now that we have an administration that at least says they will support the agents who enforce the laws, maybe they can increase hiring.

      2. chw2000 says:

        That’s more money than a soldier makes and many of them are in daily life and death situations. But then you wouldn’t know would you, you’re a confirmed draft dodger. You always think you’re the smart one but then most of you Democ-rat ass holes do. Phuck you Bob!

        1. bobnstuff says:

          So you are saying we pay our soldiers enough and their lives are so cheap that they should put it on the line for less then a living wage. Maybe you think a garbage truck driver is worth more the a border agent or soldiers but I value life and their service.

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