The first phase of the de-authorization announced yesterday specifically targeted areas that OSC identified in its 2008 and 2013 reports. The only exceptions were the Laredo North and Lyndon (now presumed to be Sumas) Washington, Border Patrol Stations. Due to the field activities being performed at the two stations, a waiver was requested, and the Union will learn more about the waivers this Friday. There is no doubt that these stations perform work that qualifies for AUO and therefore, de-authorization is not appropriate. As such, If DHS denies the waiver request, the Union will have no choice but to take appropriate action, which in turn will cost the Agency a substantial amount of money in lost wages and attorney's fees when the Union prevails.
NBPC has received information from very good sources that sometime this week, and possibly as early as today, DHS will notify OBP that the use of AUO for managers at HQ, the Situation Room and all agents at the Academy and Asset Forfeiture will no longer be allowed. These were the specific areas most recently investigated by OSC, but OSC is continuing and expanding their investigation into Sector and Station level use of AUO.
• DHS will also notify ERO and AMO that AUO is no longer allowed for their components (they were also named in the OSC report). DHS will give OBP, ERO and AMO a deadline, presumably 180 days, to implement this change.
• The NBPC is concerned about this knee jerk reaction by DHS. We feel it will cause irreparable harm to border security and the Border Patrol. The President of the United States will make his State of the Union address tonight and one of the topics he discusses will undoubtedly be “Immigration Reform”. But while he’s laying out the need for “reform”, our borders continue to come under attack by this Administration, lawmakers, and the organized crime cartels who control almost all the illegal activity on the United States border.
• The Senate passed their version of Immigration Reform, which calls for 20,000 new Border Patrol agents. But we’re not allowing our agents to work the number of hours now that are required to secure the border. This AUO purge that appears to be coming is going to further handcuff agents and destroy morale in this Agency. So the question is, what is more important to the American people, amnesty for illegal aliens or real border security? Amnesty seems to have all the steam, and real border security continues to take a beating at the hands of politicians and bureaucrats with political agendas to pursue. Simply disgraceful.
Stay tuned for an article on how management at Yuma, especially Wellton, completely messed up your pay reform meeting. The Union is currently gathering the facts and will publish the information as soon as possible. For now, not only does it appear that Chief Martin wants rank-and-file agents to know nothing about how the current legislation will affect them and their pay, but he has willingly and knowingly allowed his managers to ABUSE AUO by working more hours than necessary so they can line their pockets with taxpayers' money. While everyone else throughout the nation has reduced their hours due to budgetary constraints, Yuma management has done the exact opposite.They are operating in the same manner as the Commissioner's situation room. Although Chief Martin oversaw this illegal use and abuse of AUO, he is not the only culprit. Chief Fisher was and is aware of the illegal usage of AUO by managers throughout the Agency. Remember the "Honor First" monicker of this failed Agency, because if you don't, it will be beaten into you. Unfortunately, management only expects "Honor" to be first with the rank-and-file, not themselves.