It seems only appropriate that the Office of Special Counsel delivered its report on the failings of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, known in federal circles as AUO, on Halloween.
The Washington Post coverage of the report focused on the aspects of the Treat, referring to the “candy bowl” of overtime money from which some Homeland Security employees have unethically dipped. But the most unappetizing aspect of the issue is the Trick being played on taxpayers, that the government continues to employ a broken and bloated pay system even though an efficient and remarkably logical solution is well within reach.
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National Border Patrol Council Calls on CBP to Show Use of Force Data
September 26, 2013
Washington, D.C. – The National Border Patrol Council condemned the decision by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to overhaul its basic training on the use of force and mandate the use of cameras in vehicles and on agents. The NBPC’s concerns are myriad: ranging from the privacy violations that cameras would incur, to the fact that Border Patrol agents already receive extensive training in the use of force, to the reality that the decision would cost millions of dollars at a time when Border Patrol agents are lacking basic resources to secure the border and a long-overdue pay reform package.
March 25, 2011 - San Diego, CA - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's recent remarks concerning border safety are wrong and give citizens a false sense of security.
Napolitano stated that the idea that violence is spilling into U.S. border cities is "wrong" and that "the border is better now than it ever has been." The violence that has occurred along the border in recent years shows that crime indeed is spilling over from Mexico. Three Border Patrol agents have been murdered by the cartels in the last three years, ranchers and citizens have been gunned down in border communities, and the Phoenix area has risen to become a cartel related crime hotspot.
If the border was better now than it has ever been Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry would not have been brutally murdered by heavily armed Mexican criminals operating over 13 miles inside the United States. In some countries that is construed as an act of war, but here we get words not deeds when Napolitano terms events like this as evidence, "there is much to do with our colleagues in Mexico in respect to the drug cartels."
It is time for the political games to stop for fear of insulting the government of Mexico. U.S. citizens are being kidnapped and killed while our Border Patrol agents fight a war at home that no one will allow them to win. Not one more Border Patrol agent should fall or citizen be victimized because our government fails to act. Mexico is hemorraghing violence and we are being hit with the splatter.
The U.S.-Mexico border is unsafe and to say anything else is not true.
The National Border Patrol Council is a professional labor union representing more than 17,000 Border Patrol Agents and support staff. The NBPC was founded in 1965, and is recognized as one of the most effective labor organizations in the Federal sector.
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October 26, 2012 - Border Patrol Agent Jesus Diaz was sentenced to 24 months in prison on October 20, 2012 for depriving a drug smuggler of his Constitutional rights under color of law. This sentence was the culmination of a prolonged investigation by DHS investigators and prosecutors from the US Attorney’s office. This case continues the tradition of bias against Border Patrol agents in the Western District of Texas.
The National Border Patrol Council disagrees with the exorbitant waste of time and resources that were devoted to this prosecution. The National Border Patrol Council believes that Diaz’s actions did not rise to the level of a crime; those actions should have been dealt with at the administrative level resulting at most in Diaz’s termination as a Border Patrol agent. Thousands of man-hours and millions of tax dollars were expended to obtain a 24 month conviction for someone who has already spent eight months in custody. Plans to appeal this verdict are under way.
While the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Texas has a job to do, one that includes prosecuting Border Patrol agents who commit crimes, it has shown a distinctly quick trigger in going after Border Patrol agents. That same quickness would be better served in prosecuting the criminals who routinely assault Border Patrol agents and violate the immigration and drug laws of the United States.