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  • Beaumont Catholics sending money, clothing to border children

    July 24–The Diocese of Beaumont will respond to the thousands of children from Central America crossing from Mexico into Texas by donating the contents of the collection plates from each of its 60 parishes and missions this weekend to Catholic Charities USA, Bishop Curtis Guillory said Thursday. The main Catholic Charities... Read More
  • Martinez drives licenses into race with King

    July 26–For Gov. Susana Martinez’s re-election campaign, the debate over border security and the surge of Central American immigrants into the U.S. apparently means this: It’s time to remind voters of her long-running objection to New Mexico issuing driver’s licenses to people in the country illegally. Highlighting... Read More
  • OPD captain retires after 37 years of service

    July 26–Odessa Police Department Captain J.D. Echols, one of the founders of the Permian Basin Auto Theft Task Force, is retiring after 37 years of service. Friday was his last day. Growing up in the Texas Panhandle, Echols was first introduced to law enforcement through his Sunday school teacher, a highway patrolman.... Read More
  • Part of surge across U.S. border, girl travels from Guatemala to Maryland

    July 26–Surrounded by strangers in a dusty border town just south of the United States, 17-year-old Hilda Lopez bowed her head to pray — a rare moment of peace in a journey that had allowed little time for reflection. Since leaving Guatemala three weeks earlier, she had entered Mexico on foot, traveled day and night in a truck... Read More
  • Honduran family again follows path to S.A.

    July 27–Afraid for her son’s life as Honduran gangs tried to recruit him, Lesly Cabrera called a distant relative in San Antonio this spring, asking if they could come live with her. To Cabrera’s relief, Elizabeth Resendiz told her and her 16-year-old son to leave Honduras and come to Texas as quickly as possible. So... Read More
  • Proposed shelter for immigrant kids could swell border town

    July 27–CLINT — A New York-based company has proposed building a 3,500-bed shelter just outside the boundary of this bucolic farming town to house unaccompanied children caught crossing the border illegally. If the project goes ahead, the so-called “Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge” would become the largest... Read More
  • White House working on plan to expand immigrant rights

    WASHINGTON _ Even as President Barack Obama grapples with the crisis of immigrant children arriving at the Southwest border, White House officials are laying the groundwork for a large-scale expansion of immigrant rights that would come by executive action within weeks. Officials signaled strongly Friday that Obama’s move would... Read More
  • House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis

    A member of the U.S. Border Patrol watched the border line between El Paso, Tex., and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico on Tuesday. (Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images)Updated 11:03 a.m.House Republicans began coalescing Wednesday around a new set of proposals to address the influx of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that mandate deploying... Read More
  • Backers of Border Patrol Pay Overhaul Look to Senate

    Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., on Wednesday said he doubted that a proposal to overhaul the Border Patrol pay system would be added to the House’s supplemental spending bill, but that he hoped the Senate could include it in its emergency spending package."It may well be that it would be attached to the Senate [supplemental] and then... Read More
  • GOP Calls for Troops on Border, Speedier Deportations

    Speaker John A. Boehner’s hand-picked House GOP ”working group” on the border crisis released its recommendations Wednesday.“Our focus has been to ensure the safety of the children and it has remained a top priority throughout this process,” said Texas Rep. Kay Granger, who chaired the group.The task force called... 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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    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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