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DHS Inspector General Denies Need for Trump's Plan to Hire 15,000 New Immigration Officers

DHS Inspector General Denies Need for Trump's Plan to Hire 15,000 New Immigration Officers

The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report stating that DHS would have to screen 750,000 applicants to find just 5,000 new qualified Border Patrol agents. Furthermore, in order to hire the 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that Trump wanted to hire within the first 100 days of his administration, there would have to be a pool of 500,000 applicants. According to the Inspector General, this is due to the high screening requirements for law enforcement jobs and the naturally high attrition rate of Border Patrol and ICE agents. Furthermore, poor planning for its workforce, understaffing, and poor training overall all contribute to the Inspector General’s conclusion that DHS is not justified in seeking to hire 15,000 new staff members. The report indicated that no circumstances present at this time are sufficient to merit the proposed increase in personnel. Furthermore, the report recommended that DHS take steps to determine its true staffing needs through comprehensive staffing models, operational needs analyses, and deployment strategies. The Inspector General estimates that it could take three to four years to truly determine DHS needs. The Office of Personnel Management gave DHS officials the authority to fill these jobs without competition, which makes it far easier for DHS to initiate and conduct the hiring process. Nonetheless, the DHS hiring efforts seem to have stalled. Historically, DHS has had a hard time filling Border Patrol and ICE agent positions, due in large part to the polygraph requirements, remote job locations, and low pay, especially in comparison to other law enforcement jobs. We are the deportation defense lawyers to whom you can turn if you or a loved one are facing deportation proceedings, no matter what the reason may be. Regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. has the experience, knowledge, and skills to advocate on behalf of you and your family throughout the course of any deportation proceedings. Contact our office today and let us answer all of your questions about asylum proceedings, or any other aspect of deportation proceedings.

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