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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
  • Republicans say Democrats lack clout in Legislature

    Sept. 19–Republican Chris Ackerley snuck a high school science lesson in on Tuesday’s Arizona Clean Elections debate. The Sahuarita High School physics teacher, who is running for a House seat in Legislative District 2, couched the explanation in political terms as he asked the audience for their vote in November. Simply... Read More
  • Senate Passes Bill to Curtail Border Patrol Overtime

    Legislation to overhaul the Border Patrol agents pay system passed the Senate late Thursday, though final action on the bill will likely wait until November.The measure (S 1691), which senators passed by voice vote, is aimed at reining in the agency’s use of "administratively uncontrollable overtime" by allowing agents to choose... Read More
  • Customs and Border Protection’s deadly force problem

    The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Sept. 17: ___ The new head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s internal affairs office made a troubling assertion late last week. Since 2004, he said, the agency has apparently taken no disciplinary action against any of its agents who have used deadly... Read More
  • Feds mum on prosecution of illegal border crossers

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety.Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some... Read More
  • Three allegedly undocumented Vietnamese citizens found in cab in Hogansburg

    Sept. 19–HOGANSBURG — Three Vietnamese citizens riding in a taxi were charged Thursday by U.S. Border Patrol agents with having entered the United States without being examined by immigration officers. Van Huog Nguyen, a male, and Thi Huong Nguyen and Ngan Thi Ho, both females, ages unavailable, were detained at about 5:20... Read More
  • Guard’s border mission may run 5 months

    Sept. 20–SAN ANTONIO — The Texas National Guard hasn’t said how long its border-security mission in the Rio Grande Valley would last, but its operational plan calls for a deployment of up to five months, wrapping up in mid-January. The Guard’s planning document for Operation Strong Safety, marked unclassified but... Read More
  • Armed citizens called ‘patriots’ stir emotions in the Rio Grande Valley

    Sept. 21–CAMERON COUNTY — One recent evening, the sound of a rapid succession of gunshots echoed across a freshly shorn field of cotton near the Rio Grande and carried into the home of Pamela Taylor, who sat on her couch, smiling. The gunfire came from some heavily armed civilians who call themselves “American... Read More
  • BRIEF: Alleged government border agent expresses support for armed civilians

    Sept. 21–Some Rio Grande Valley landowners are pleased to see armed civilians on the lookout for immigrants trying to sneak into the country. Others aren’t convinced and think the self-proclaimed Patriots could be dangerous and interfere with the thousands of federal border agents, state troopers and National Guardsmen already... Read More
  • BRIEF: Off-duty Alamogordo Border Patrol agent arrested

    Sept. 21–SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Police Department officers arrested an off-duty Alamogordo Border Patrol agent for allegedly assaulting a woman Friday night, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release. According to the release, U.S. Border Patrol agents restrained the off-duty Border Patrol agent then... 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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  • Newark Police Department (NJ)

    Sep 24, 2014 | 16:33 pm

    Newark Police Department (NJ) Police Officer Reinaldo Arocha suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after he and another officers had to subdue an emotionally disturbed person who was being taken into custody.He had returned...


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