Border Patrol Agents Fear Proposed Hiring Surge Will Add Criminals To Ranks

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An amendment to the immigration reform bill which would add up to 20,000 agents and $38 billion in additional spending to the ranks of the U.S. Border Patrol is being decried by many current Border Patrol agents. The opponents fear that a massive and abrupt hiring surge could allow criminals and lesser-qualified agents to join their ranks.

The additional hiring would occur due to a last minute amendment applied to the bill by Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) which increases spending on the US-Mexican border by $46.3 billion over 10 years and grows the Border Patrol force from 21,394 agents to 40,000. The amendment passed the Senate 67-27 and will awaits House consideration.

Based on problems stemming from a previous Border Patrol hiring surge under President George W. Bush, union leaders representing Border agents have expressed concerns about the new proposal.

“The last time they hired any large number of Border Patrol agents…they were given a badge or a gun and put out on the field and then a red flag would come up by the time they finally did a background check,” National Border Patrol Council spokesman Shawn Moran told Yahoo News. “We really do appreciate the intent of Senators Hoeven and Corker with the increase in manpower. We just think it can be done better and, frankly, cheaper.”

Following the Bush-era hiring surge thousands of applicants were sent to Border Patrol from people with criminal backgrounds, including some that had been charged with kidnapping, hostage taking and child molestation.

While many were filtered out, statistics indicate that some were not.

“I know a few agents that are a menace to society, but they have a badge and a gun,” one veteran agent and training instructor said last year.

Between 2004 and 2012, the arrests of more than 2,000 individuals employed by Border Patrol were logged.

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  • Blank Reg

    They’re already a bunch of criminals. What difference will a few more make?

  • tncdel

    A foreigner who sneaks into the U.S. to pillage and plunder it economically and otherwise is an INVADER, not an immigrant.

    This is about DOMESTIC NATIONAL DEFENSE against a foreign invasion.

    Anyone with an IQ above that of a turnip should be able to realize that amnesty would only serve to attract millions more job-stealing illegals here.

    The ONLY way to stop the illegal alien invasion: MAKE THINGS AS TOUGH AS POSSIBLE on the illegals, so they will self-deport back to Mexico, etc. at their own expense because they get to hate it here so much. We certainly can’t afford to deport over 20 million illegals. Plus most would only come right back if we tried.

    • wavesofgrain

      Yup…first allow NO anchor babies…immediately. Then implement the NON-citizen-NO benefits rule, abolish IRS, who are deliberately allowing fake SSI’s and ID’s to collect millions in welfare to non-residents, then continue a 12 ft high fence.

  • tncdel

    The Constitution says our military is to be used solely for DOMESTIC NATIONAL DEFENSE.

    Stop the globalists in the Dems and GOP from misusing our troops to play “World Cop,” and instead BRING OUR TROOPS HOME to defend our own country from the illegal alien invasion.

    While Bush and Obama has been busy policing the Middle-East and Africa, they’ve allowed our nation to be invaded by foreigners.

    Three Arizona counties, including one with more land area than the entire state of Connecticut has been taken over by Mexican nationals [druglords]. And there are now over 35 known Muslim terrorist training camps on U.S. soil. See:

    http://youtu.be/DPrl4P9AcrQ

    http://youtu.be/ZLb8QVjso3M

    Start off by liberating those Arizona counties and neutralizing all those Muslim terrorist training camps like Janet Reno did the Davidians in Waco, TX.

    • Vigilant

      “The Constitution says our military is to be used solely for DOMESTIC NATIONAL DEFENSE.”

      The Constitution of what nation? I find no such reference in ours.

  • ChuckS123

    ” We just think it can be done better and, frankly, cheaper.” I’d like to know what he has in mind.

  • Bob Pante

    First, require applicants be VETERANS

  • chrisnj

    Obama may be swelling the ranks, but he doesn’t actually want those agents to DO anything other than draw a paycheck to give him some plausible deniability on charges that he doesn’t want actual border enforcement – which he doesn’t.

    As a bonus for Obama, he can claim to adding 20,000 jobs – do nothing jobs – but jobs with expensive federal benefits. (and likely a certain sexual orientation will get preferential hiring treatment, along with recently legalized illegals, which will cause the remaining corp of dedicated border enforcement professionals to find other work in the private sector).

    If Obama does anything, assume first its a ruse, second that he doesn’t really mean it, and third that if he does mean it, it can’t possibly be good for the country.
    No doubt Obama will have these new legions standing at the border, handing out green cards and benefit brochures like Sunday sale flyers. Come get your free lunch – no qualifications needed. And here’s your sign…

  • securityman

    oh, but didn’t you know! you can’t run a background check on them.. of course,that’s if they person is black. if the person is white or Hispanic, then you can run the check… at least , that is what your great prez wants .

  • Ibn Insha

    I agree with Border Patrol. I work at a New York airport. After the horrible event of September 11, 2001, TSA was created that got rid of private security at the airports and hired government security employees. I used to see 2 to 4 TSA agents being arrested daily at my terminal alone for stealing from passengers’ bags. They still steal a lot but less frequently. In a haste to convert to a Federal security they hired all the criminals.

  • Paulie

    Creating a heavily militarized border won’t do much to capture illegals who overstay their visas and those who come across the border hidden in cargo trucks. Why don’t we just treat them as criminals when local police stop them in traffic stops?

  • Paulie

    They’re afraid that new agents will uncover wrongdoing in the ranks of existing agents.