Former President Obama relaxed enforcement of federal immigration laws while he was in office, and thus the number of border patrol agents was allowed to decline to it’s lowest level in 7 years. Why? Because fewer agents were needed to do what Obama had basically ordered them not to do.
After Donald Trump was elected, through an executive order, he ordered the border patrol agency to increase their staff with an additional 5000 agents, but that will take several years and cost billions of dollars to train them. So an alternative plan is being considered.
By using an “auxiliary force,” a civilian volunteer force similar to the Civil Air Patrol and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the volunteers could relieve many of the difficulties by performing behind the scenes tasks border patrol agents must do as part of their normal duties like clerical work, repairing vehicles, welding, and repairing the border fence, etc.
Via The Daily Caller:
The Border Patrol is at its lowest staffing levels in seven years and President Trump ordered the hiring of 5,000 additional officers in a January executive order. Hiring these agents will cost billions of dollars and many years to achieve.
The Center for Immigration Studies report suggests that to overcome the difficulty in hiring these agents, the Border Patrol could augment its operations with an auxiliary force. Current examples of auxiliary forces at the federal level include the Civil Air Patrol and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Of the current 19,828 Border Patrol agents, 17,026 are earmarked to work on the southwest border. However, Victor Manjarrez, Jr., a former sector chief in Tucson and El Paso, told CIS that many of these agents are busy with other duties. “Agents can be found in the garage repairing vehicles, welding and repairing the border fence, etc. — the non-duty stuff takes about 18 percent of the manpower,” Manjarrez said.
The former commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Robert Bonner told the Associated Press in 2005 that the agency considered using volunteers. “We value having eyes and ears of citizens, and I think that would be one of the things we are looking at is how you better organize, let’s say, a citizen effort,” Bonner said.
If it takes auxiliary groups to get the border secured, then, by all means, it should be done until the federal government can hire whatever personnel they need to increase the border patrol agencies up to the numbers necessary.
Let’s make this happen! I’m sure many citizens would be willing to volunteer!
Source: The Daily Caller