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  • TAKING BACK THE STREETS

    July 19–For several weeks, Fall Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto had been watching a disturbing statistic. “Last year, violent crime in the city was down 5 percent,” he said. “But that was starting to change. We were seeing an uptick in violence.” By the time police brass met last week to look at the... Read More
  • US communities diverge on child migrant response

    DALLAS (AP) — As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.The outreach offers stand in sharp contrast to other places... Read More
  • Florida tells feds it’s worried about health screens for border kids

    July 19–Florida’s health secretary wrote a letter to federal authorities Friday, concerned that unaccompanied migrant children who have crossed the Mexican border and been transported to shelters in Florida are not being screened for infectious diseases, placing local residents in peril. Meanwhile, attorneys meeting with the... Read More
  • Honduran girl’s border crossing brings her to Charlotte

    July 19–The most controversial person in Charlotte right now could be a 9-year-old who wears plastic flowers in her hair and refuses to leave the house without a teddy bear she calls Linda. Her name is Ligsdenis Ochoa, and she is the first child known to be in Charlotte as part of the government’s effort to deal with a flood... Read More
  • Las Cruces church provides cot, clothes, compassion to about 200 migrants

    July 19–LAS CRUCES — The mom and two teenage boys had already journeyed thousands of miles from El Salvador to the U.S.-Mexico border. They had been apprehended by Border Patrol agents, transported from detention center to detention center. Then, 10 days after they left San Salvador, they were brought here, to a small room in... Read More
  • Group gathers at Bijou overpass on I-25 to protest immigration, politicians

    July 20–Layne Dawn Washington is frustrated. Standing on the sidewalk of Bijou St. over Interstate-25, she is surrounded by fellow protestors clutching signs and American flags and waving at honking cars driving by. Washington is an organizer for the Overpasses for America Colorado chapter, and Saturday she and about four dozen... Read More
  • Migrant crisis expands north from border, into arid Texas wilderness

    July 20–REPORTING FROM FALFURRIAS, Texas — Daniel Zamarripa loaded his police dog into the back of his patrol car and set out to track his quarry — immigrants circumventing the local Border Patrol checkpoint. Zamarripa, 27, is one of 15 reserve deputies brought in to assist the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, whose... Read More
  • City is site of immigration protest

    July 20–Erin Quinlan unpacked posters and flags Saturday on the Cowan Boulevard bridge over Interstate 95 to protest the influx of illegal immigrants, many of them unaccompanied children. The Spotsylvania County man was taking part in the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform Amnesty Border Surge. Quinlan waved... Read More
  • Advocates for immigrants worry government is overreacting to immigrant crisis

    July 20–While the Obama administration is attacked for poorly enforcing immigration laws, advocates for immigrants are concerned the government is overreacting by moving too quickly to deport people who may have had good reason to flee violence in their home countries. Last week, the U.S. began deporting families from Honduras,... Read More
  • WRESTLING WITH AN IMMIGRATION CRISIS

    July 20–WASHINGTON — As thousands of Central American children stream northward toward the U.S. border, lawmakers in Washington — including New Mexico’s congressional delegation — are grappling with how to respond. In Journal interviews last week, all five members of New Mexico’s congressional... Read More
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DHS Pay Reform Fact Sheet

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Compensation Reform Plan

Description of DHS plan:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pay reform plan would substitute Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) for the current system of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) pay for all Border Patrol agents. This would eliminate all compensation for work beyond 10 hours a day and force them to work for free.

The DHS plan claims it will achieve uniformity in the current overtime system; however, that is not possible when DHS intends to leave Customs and Border Protection officers under the Customs Officer Pay Reform Act (COPRA).  CBP officers receive COPRA overtime for all hours worked beyond eight hours a day, which doubles their normal pay rate for overtime worked.

Disadvantages of DHS compensation reform plan:

•    Requires Border Patrol agents to work for free beyond ten hours a day.

•    Allows the agency to schedule agents to work an infinite amount of hours for ZERO compensation.

•    Reduces agents’ pay by an average of $7,000 a year (the only group of employees singled out for this sacrifice).

•    Reallocates the so-called savings of $110 million to fund more unnecessary levels of management and increased salaries for each level.

•    Further lowers morale.

NBPC Recommendation to Congress: Demanding that employees work for free is grossly unfair to frontline Border Patrol agents and their families.  All federal law enforcement agents make sacrifices every day to uphold the laws of the United States, however this plan singles out Border Patrol agents asking them to go above and beyond.  To date, 114 agents have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, more than any other federal agency.

On behalf of the 17,000 Border Patrol agents represented by the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), Congress is urged to reject this ill-conceived proposal. The NBPC has developed an alternative plan that saves the government money, reforms the antiquated overtime policy currently used and protects the dedicated men and women of the United States Border Patrol.

ODMP Notifications

  • Orange Police Department (CT)

    Jul 19, 2014 | 18:26 pm

    Orange Police Department (CT) K9 Major was struck and killed by a commercial vehicle as his handler assisted a disabled motorist on Route 34, near Sodom Lane.Major had graduated from the Connecticut State Police...

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