Congress Lowers Hiring Standards for Corruption and Abuse Plagued Border Patrol

Written by on June 7, 2017 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 3 Comments

The House of Representatives passed The Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act  (H.R.2213) on Wednesday evening. The measure—which passed the House by a vote of 282-137, which includes 51 yes votes from Democrats and no opposition from Republicans—is designed to weaken Customs and Border Protection hiring standards by exempting some applicants from polygraph testing before being hired.  Unfortunately the bill will do nothing to ensure good hiring practices by the Border Patrol which has a history of staffing issues related to corruption, excessive use of force, and abuse. These same problems prompted Congress to pass the Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010, which required additional hiring measures including mandatory polygraph testing. This bill will now moves over to the Senate, where the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee passed a similar bill out of committee last month.

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  • James Leonard Park

    One of the main facts discovered in polygraph testing
    is that the applicant has been sent by drug dealers,
    who will continue to pay the border patrol person
    even more than the U.S. government.
    And, of course, more drugs will cross the border.
    Applicants who genuinely want to protect America
    have nothing to fear from taking a lie-detector test.

  • Jerry Long

    It is my understanding that those applicants for jobs with border patrol who will be exempt have already gone through the polygraph/background testing in another government position, eg. police officer, sheriff.

  • fitnesspro22

    Border Patrol Agents as a rule ard rude, bad tempered and abusive. I, a US Citizen, immigration attorney and my wife, a permanent resident were subjected to a rough, rude treatment, at Miami International upon arrival from Russia and detained for almost an hour at secondary inspections because the primary officer did not bother to read my wife’s fingerprints properly.