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Border Patrol Losing Agents Faster Than It Can Replace Them

November 13, 2017  | 

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The U.S. Border Patrol is losing agents faster than it can hire them, according to a new audit released last week 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, the Washington Times reports.


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tedb @ 11/17/2017 8:12 AM

DIFFICULTY PASSING A POLIGRAPH TEST??? As a retired Border Patrol Agent, I find this amazing. Has the USBP fallen into such disrepute that it can only attract liars and criminals to its ranks? What a sad period for an historical and proud agency. The beginning of the end was when they closed all interior BP stations and relegated them to "Ticket-Punchers" on the borders. Then they went to baseball caps and baggy pajamas for uniforms, making them look like a bunch of Sad Sacks. No more command presence or pride, just another faceless bureaucracy. Is there even a real cop left in this bunch we have nowadays?

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