Past Features

May 29, 2017

Lying to Customs and Border
Protection -- should we ignore it?

PJ Media -- May 28, 2017
Chairman: Loosen Polygraph Requirements to Speed Up Hiring of More Border Patrol
    Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) warned that hiring process for additional Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) personnel and replacements is too “slow and arduous” and the government is “falling” further behind with every passing month.
    Acting CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the amount of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, seized at the U.S. border went from 2.8 pounds in 2013 to 440 pounds in 2016. McAleenan added that the amount of fentanyl seized this year has already surpassed the 2016 data.
    McCaul said CBP officers and Border Patrol agents are “the most important border security resource we have and our final layer of defense.” According to McCaul, CBP is “critically undermanned” and currently “well below its congressional mandated staffing levels” by more than 1,000 officers and 1,800 Border Patrol agents.
    “Even with the recent push to hire more officers and agents, the process is slow and arduous. We are simply falling behind every single month and there's no end in sight as we continue to lose agents and officers through attrition without the ability to quickly hire replacements,” McCaul said during this month's U.S. Chamber of Commerce Annual Global Supply Chain Summit. “At the current hiring rate approximately 150 to 200 applicants go through the process in order to hire just one agent or officer. This means that CBP would need to have hundreds of thousands of people to apply just to meet their current needs."

Mother Jones -- March 13, 2017
The Border Patrol Is Setting Itself Up to Hire Some Bad Hombres
Trump wants thousands more agents --- and will lower hiring standards to get them.
    According to leaked internal memos from Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, first reported by Foreign Policy, CBP has requested approval to ease its stringent hiring standards, which include background investigations and polygraph exams mandated by Congress in 2010 after the misconduct allegations came to light. [...]
    Adam Isacson, the senior associate for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, says CBP is "going in the wrong direction." "If you're lowering standards, you'll have people with less education, less discipline, less sensitivity in dealing with people who are not criminals, and also some cases of human rights abuses," he says. "You may have people with, if not criminal records, then misdemeanors."