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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
  • Compassion Is Needed as Congress Works to Address the Nation’s Immigration Woes

    Each day, waves of children ranging from toddlers to teenagers flee terrible violence and economic desperation in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and arrive in this country in search of safe haven. They are being sent alone, unaccompanied by their families. This fiscal year alone, Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 50,000... Read More
  • Thornberry talks key issues with Rotary Club

    Aug. 09–GAINESVILLE — Congressman Mack Thornberry discussed several key issues during Wednesday’s Gainesville Rotary Club meeting. Thornberry — who was traveling while Congress is on its summer break — said federal lawmakers are not necessarily taking it easy. “This is the longest period of the year... Read More
  • El Paso toy drive for Central American kids called a success

    Aug. 12–AUSTIN — A drive to gather coloring books and toys for Central American children housed in El Paso has been a success, the state representative who organized it said on Monday. About 200 kids who crossed illegally into the United States were temporarily housed in El Paso after their numbers overwhelmed facilities in... Read More
  • Immigrant detention centers decried by critics as “deportation factories”

    Aug. 13–ARLINGTON, Va. — Tucked away on the second floor of a suburban Virginia office building, the little room looks more like an accounting office than something called Headquarters Immigration Courtroom No. 8. A dozen fluorescent lights glare from the low ceiling. The lawyers’ desks and witness stand are empty, with... Read More
  • Memphis hearings show complexity of juvenile immigration issue

    Aug. 13–Fifteen-year-old Angel Juan Felipe stood in the back of the small courtroom Tuesday listening to the judge’s instructions. This was his first court appearance since being detained by U.S. Border Patrol for entering the country illegally in May. But he didn’t really understand what the judge said to him —... Read More
  • BRIEF: Two Mexican nationals found dead in car’s trunk trying to cross border

    Aug. 13–REPORTING FROM SAN DIEGO — Two Mexican nationals died after being found “unconscious and not breathing” Tuesday in the trunk of a car attempting to cross into the U.S. from Mexico, the Border Patrol said. The two men — a 28-year-old and a 20-year-old — were declared dead after being rushed to... Read More
  • Guatemalan brothers say gang violence drove them to flee to Sacramento

    Aug. 13–Marcos Morales has been in the United States six months, and he already is a musical leader of Mensajeros de Paz, the band that plays on Tuesday night for Latino worshipers at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Roseville. Members of the band, whose name means Messengers of Peace, surround Morales, 20, as he plays the... Read More
  • Texas Gov. Perry says National Guard ‘tip of spear’ guarding border

    Aug. 13–REPORTING FROM BASTROP, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry told National and State Guard troops headed to the border region that they would play a key role in protecting the U.S. against “narco terrorists” who are “spreading their tentacles” into Texas and deep into the American heartland. “You... Read More
  • Immigrant children no longer living at Navy Base

    Aug. 13–PORT HUENEME, Calif. — The temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children at Naval Base Ventura County shut its doors Thursday, just three days after federal officials announced it would “phase down” and close within two months. The last group of about 110 13- to 17-year-olds living at the Navy... 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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