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Does the U.S. Need to Hire Additional Border Patrol Agents?

by Countable | Updated on 12.11.18

What’s the story?

  • Customs and Border Protection paid $13.6 million to an outside contractor this year to hire thousands of additional Border Patrol agents, but only two agents have been hired so far.
  • The Office of the Inspector General said the company, Accenture, is “nowhere near satisfying its 7,500-person hiring goal over the next 5 years,” as the firm had laid out in its $297 million contract.
  • The IG report said CBP "risks wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on a hastily approved contract that is not meeting its proposed performance expectations."

What is CBP saying?

  • CBP officials disagreed with the inspector general's conclusion, arguing that Accenture may have recruited only two staffers, but they also set up a new hiring process that helped move “thousands” of applicants into the pipeline for consideration.
  • Despite this pushback, the CBP agreed to all four recommendations from the IG to address the situation.

What do you think?

Does the U.S. need to hire additional Border Patrol agents? If so, how? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman


(Photo Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Patrol via Flickr)

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  • Steve
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Fire Trump and the entire immigrant problem disappears.

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  • Marc
    Voted Maybe
    12/11/2018
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    I don’t believe that hiring private contractors is the right thing to do here. The government should directly supervise and support border patrol officers. After all they are like police and we should not allow private contractors police our borders.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Yes
    12/11/2018
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    Democratic Continuing Obstructionist Mentality Ongoing I’m in full agreement Folks....To @SenSchumer and @NancyPelosi: Either agreeing to the funding of President Trump's #BorderWall, in order to keep our country safe and prosperous, or watch the Government shut down. The ball is in your court. “CHOOSE WISELY OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES” #FundTheWall. #GovernmentShutdown SneakyPete..... 🤔🙀🤔🙀🤔. 12*11*18.....

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  • Elisabeth
    12/11/2018
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    Only to make sure the Trumps don’t flee.

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  • Cassandra
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    Stop with the manipulation of peoples fears. It is despicable.

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Maybe
    12/11/2018
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    No wall.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Yes
    12/11/2018
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    HIRE ADDITIONAL CBP AGENTS ASAP...... Does the U.S. need to hire additional Border Patrol agents? YES..... YES..... YES..... AND YES. WHY NOT CONSIDER THE HIRING OF DISCHARGED WELL QUALIFIED & TRAINED U.S. 🇺🇸 MILITARY TO BECOME CBP AGENTS? SneakyPete..... 🤔👍🏻🤔👍🏻🤔. 12*11*28....

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  • Ochoninja
    12/11/2018
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    They need to have better training for ICE who treat all with hostility and brutality. A woman died recently because of mistreatment by ICE they should be charged of a crime. As well as brutal police who give all a bad name.

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  • Nancy
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    ICE are too similar to the Gestapo in 1930s Germany and are doing human rights violations

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  • Brad
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    No more money for border patrol or barbed wire fences. Spend the money on needed infrastructure- roads and bridges.

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  • David
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    This particular story is more about the contractor failing to honor it’s contract. I don’t want more border patrols. But, I do want what the contractor to refund the taxpayers money if they cannot get the job done.

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  • Tinee
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    CBP officials disagreed with the inspector general's conclusion. CBP called it a waste of taxpayers funding. CBP knows every aspect of their job. So I agree with them.

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  • samdaman
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    No. But also yes. The border patrol has been trying to ramp up hiring for decades and has always had difficulty keeping up with demand. But the real group that should be hiring are immigration public defenders and immigration judges to deal with the huge backlog of cases.

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  • Tim
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    No. STOP fear mongering. Go watch “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.” That’s how we’re going to be destroyed- from within, by our own fears and prejudices.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Yes
    12/11/2018
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    Using “Active Duty” Military To Perform Border Security Duty The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 prohibits the use of U.S. military forces to perform the tasks of civilian law enforcement such as arrest, apprehension, interrogation, and detention unless explicitly authorized by Congress. The Posse Comitatus Act, signed into law by President Rutherford B. Hayes on June 18, 1878, limits the power of the federal government in the use of federal military personnel to enforce U.S. laws and domestic policies within the borders of the United States. See: https://www.thoughtco.com/posse-comitatus-act-military-on-border-3321286 SneakyPete..... 🤔🤔🤔🤔. 12*11*18.....

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted No
    12/12/2018
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    Use drones combined with the agents we have and that should be enough. The Border Agents should be taught how to be nice to immigrants and to stop acting like the Gestapo.

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  • Devon
    Voted Yes
    12/11/2018
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    We should hire additional agents, while phasing out contractors for full time work. Additionally we should allocate full funding for a border wall, that includes seismic sensors to detect tunneling.

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  • Clarice
    Voted No
    12/12/2018
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    Trump's fear-mongering is toxic, and his falsehoods need to seriously be addressed by Congress.

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  • Catherine
    Voted No
    12/12/2018
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    Another epic governmental waste. So much for the Republicans being the party of fiscal responsibility.

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  • Marilyn
    Voted No
    12/11/2018
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    He spent $13M outsourcing this ‘need’ to a company this year. They hired 2. My money is hard to come by. Taxing, and subsidizing his ego instead of meeting the needs of this country must end.

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