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  • Obama administration’s release of illegal immigrants unlawful, audit finds

    Washington Times By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 The Obama administration violated the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants last February, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, according to an internal audit released Tuesday that blamed the problem on poor planning and bad leadership from Washington. Compounding matters, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave bad information to Congress about the releases, initially blaming the looming budget Read More
  • US investigators visit site where agent killed Sonora teen

    Aug. 21–U.S. investigators in Nogales, Sonora, have visited the site where a Sonora 16-year-old was fatally shot in 2012 by a Border Patrol agent. Cosme Lopez, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, confirmed that officials from the office were in Nogales on Tuesday but wouldn’t comment on whether... Read More
  • EDITORIAL: Border vigilantes are dangerous

    Aug. 21–SAN ANTONIO — They have no authority whatsoever at the border — to detain or arrest. But they have guns and wear clothing that might make others believe they are law enforcement. Even real officers of the law can be duped. And that’s precisely what happened, according to a recent Associated Press article by... Read More
  • Congressman Brady makes Huntsville stop to speak about immigration

    Aug. 20–Republican Congressman Kevin Brady stopped by the Golden Corral in Huntsville on Monday night to talk to citizens about immigration and what Republicans are currently doing to stop the border crisis during a Kiwanis Club meeting. Throughout the discussion Brady emphasized the importance of stopping illegal immigrants from... Read More
  • El Paso forum will explore ways to reunite families separated by deportation

    Aug. 21–Officials from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and other institutions will meet Friday in El Paso to discuss the best ways to reunite parents and children who were separated by deportation. U.S. immigration officials, consular officers and representatives of youth agencies in California, New Mexico and El Paso, are... Read More
  • Gov. Brown urges $3 million in legal aid for immigrant children

    Aug. 22–Seeking to address a swell of unaccompanied children from Central America who have immigrated to the U.S. illegally in recent months, Gov. Jerry Brown and other California lawmakers announced a proposal Thursday to provide $3 million in legal aid to those minors. The bill, if approved, would steer taxpayer money to nonprofit... Read More
  • Central American lawmakers make immigration-related visit here

    Aug. 22–Members of the Central American Parliament called for comprehensive U.S. immigration reform and the creation of more opportunities in their countries as a way to help stem the flow of unaccompanied minors and families traveling to the United States, during a visit to Southern Arizona this week. “We believe in... Read More
  • US drops search for new shelters to house child immigrants

    WASHINGTON _ The Obama administration has quietly abandoned its aggressive monthslong search for emergency shelters across the nation as the number of children illegally crossing the southern border alone continues to drop. At the same time, three facilities at military bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma set up as shelters are no... Read More
  • Immigrants in New Mexico detention file lawsuit seeking due process

    Aug. 22–A group of Central American women and children detained at an immigration facility in New Mexico filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alleging that it was violating their right to due process as it speeds up deportations. A contingent of attorneys and national immigrant rights groups... Read More
  • Immigrant rights groups sue U.S. over fast-tracked deportations

    Aug. 22–REPORTING FROM TUCSON — A group of Central American women and children detained at an immigration facility in New Mexico filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alleging that it was violating their right to due process as it speeds up deportations. A contingent of attorneys and national... 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.

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