As the threat from ISIS increases the U.S. Senate has taken steps to increase border and cybersecurity. The passage of S. 2354 - DHS Cybersecurity Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act of 2014 increases resources to protect our nation from cyber attacks and from dangerous individuals, cartels and terrorists attempting to cross our borders.
Brandon Judd, NBPC National President, praised the Senate for passing this important legislation. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol would like to thank Senator McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) for their tireless efforts. We are honored to have worked with these longtime friends and advocates of Border Patrol agents, our nation’s first line of defense.”
Judd said the legislation makes our nation safer. “It effectively puts another 1,500 highly trained agents on the border while saving taxpayers $100 million a year. Given the crisis in the Middle East, it is critical that we secure our borders, and we simply cannot do it without the passage of this legislation.”
“It is now time for the House of Representatives to act,” he added. “As the ISIS threat grows, we have less manpower on the border today than we did two years ago. Potentially adding another 1,500 highly trained and motivated Agents will make a huge difference. The House of Representatives is in session only one more week before they recess. The question my Agents keep asking themselves is will they act.”
Pay Reform Bill Will Save Taxpayers Millions and Put More Boots On The Ground
The National Border Patrol Council, the union for Border Patrol Agents, is urging Congress to pass a crucial amendment to H.R. 5230 that will increase border security.
Council President, Brandon Judd says, “At this time of critical need, we are not fully staffed at the border. Currently, federal restrictions prevent us from doing the job we are trained to do. We must be able to use the resources we have to fulfill our mission of protecting the borders. The Pay Reform legislation introduced by Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana), Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) gives us the ability to get our full complement of agents in the field.”
If Congress wants to seriously start addressing the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border, it should first turn to those who risk their lives each and every day to protect the integrity of that border, U.S. Border Patrol Agents. If you ask the frontline troops what’s needed on the ground, they’ll tell you more agents and better yet, they can do it by saving taxpayer dollars. Only in the political bubble that exists in Washington, could Congress overlook the obvious – a plan that puts more boots on the ground and saves us all money. Yet, that is exactly what’s happening. Border Patrol Agents have been yelling from the Rio Grande all the way to Capitol Hill, that they have a simple, effective, cost-saving path towards alleviating the emergency at the border.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector of the United State Border Patrol is currently experiencing record high numbers of unaccompanied juveniles and Other Than Mexicans (OTMs). These apprehensions are straining a border enforcement system due to the additional regulations, laws, and court decisions that apply to apprehended juveniles and OTMs.