(Chantal Da Silva – Newsweek)
It has been two years since President Donald Trump signed an order to hire 15,000 new border agents and immigration officers as part of his administration’s border security crackdown. However, despite dedicating tens of millions of dollars to the effort, his administration has reached less than 5 percent of that goal.
So far, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has only seen 33 new hires from a $60.7 million contract that was awarded to management consulting firm Accenture Federal Services as part of a larger $297 million deal to recruit new border agents over a five-year span, The Los Angeles Times reported.
While Border Patrol saw a net gain of 120 agents in 2018 (the first net gain in five years, according to a recent report by CNN), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently brought attention to the fact that are currently nearly 3,000 job vacancies within the CBP. That’s 2,000 more than the agency was reported to have at the time Trump signed an order demanding a hiring surge. Click here to read more.
- Challenges Facing DHS in Its Attempt to Hire 15,000 Border Patrol Agents and Immigration Officers (Office of the Inspector General)
- Newly Released FOIA Documents Shed Light on Border Patrol’s Seemingly Limitless Authority (The Intercept)
- Border Patrol Termination Rates: Discipline and Performance Problems Signal Need for Reform (Cato Institute)