One Dysfunctional Border Security Plan
It is plaguing the Internet. There’s active chatter on social media networks about it. The morning, mid-day, evening and nightly news speak of it regularly. Newspapers and magazines feature it all the time. The politicians talk about it on a daily basis.
What is it? In this case, it is border security.
Seems our government is trying to solve border security issues by proposing to add 21,000 new Border Patrol agents, approximately doubling the current force’s size. Should this happen, I’m sure dysfunction is to follow.
I mean, is it just me or does the government not realize (or refuse to acknowledge) that to train, purchase uniforms and equipment, not to mention offer a salary and health benefits to these new agents costs money…probably in the millions if not billions?
And, that’s just for the agents.
What about the need for more judges, prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers, federal marshals, new courtrooms and detention centers to support these new 21,000 agents? There goes more money which would more than likely fall on the shoulders of taxpayers.
So, money’s money…you can’t take it with you, but what about finding people with the highest integrity to fulfill these 21,000 slots?
The year 2010 saw such a huge rush to hire new Customs and Border Protection agents that only 1 out of every 10 applicants were given a lie-detector test. AND, of those tested, 60% failed! So basically, the chance of misbehavior by a majority of the agents was a given. Hmmm, what does that say about how secure our borders are?
Don’t get me wrong. I fully give the upmost respect to our Border Patrol agents, who daily risk their lives to protect our America, and there are now procedures in place for all new applicants to take a polygraph test, but…get this…approximately 70% of applicants are failing!
So, tell me, just where are we supposed to find people of integrity to fulfill these new 21,000 positions? And, where, besides from tax payers, will the money come from to support such a hiring frenzy?
Unfortunately, the reality of it is: there is no easy answer. Mind boggling, isn’t it?
Posted by Ginger Hill on Jul 23, 2013