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The Real Border Wars PDF Print
Friday, 10 May 2013
Welcome to the new section of the National Border Patrol Council’s website - The Real Border Wars. We hope you have taken the time to read the information that has been published to our website since the fiasco, formerly referred to as the CBP sequester, began several months ago.

Due to some false statements being made about the NBPC’s current position, and inaccurate directives being issued at a few locations in the Border Patrol, the NBPC decided it was time to publish a series of articles. The initial articles will be intended to: dispel some rumors about the NBPC; clarify the official NBPC position; issue guidance to our members on what the Agency cannot do and what agents can do; and discuss the history and present some plausible theories as to why Border Patrol agents are repeatedly the target of disparate cuts proposed in CBP.
 
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CBP Sequester Update PDF Print
Tuesday, 07 May 2013
On Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM EST, Thomas Winkowski sent an ill-advised message to all CBP employees.  His message contained Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) continued speculation of mere possibilities and failed to shed new light on our current pay issues.
 
The following will provide the most up to date information we have.  It will also explain how we got here, what we've done, and what we're doing.
 
The Budget Control Act of 2011 and the failure of the U.S. Congress to reach a bipartisan agreement to stem the effects of the Act is what triggered what is known as sequestration.  Sequestration is a Congressional mandate, memorialized in law, to cut government spending thereby reducing the federal deficit.
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Border Patrol agents offer plan to avert furlughs while cuttings costs PDF Print
Monday, 15 April 2013

Washington Post

By Connor Radnovich, Published: April 14

Border Patrol agents would be willing to give up time-and-a-half overtime pay if it meant they would not have to be furloughed as part of mandated federal spending cuts, their union president testified Friday.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told a House subcommittee that in exchange for giving up overtime pay, agents would want a two-step increase in base pay. But Judd said the government would still come out ahead.

“The reform I have just proposed saves tax dollars, reduces overtime pay and brings about financial certainty to both the Border Patrol agents and the agency alike,” Judd said at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency.

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NBPC Officers Tell Lawmakers Budget Cuts Will Hurt Security PDF Print
Friday, 12 April 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013

By Connor Radnovich 


WASHINGTON – Border Patrol agents told House members and congressional staffers Thursday that this is the worst possible time to cut the agency’s budget as the country clamors for immigration reform that includes a secure border.

But the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration could take the equivalent of 20 percent of the patrol’s manpower at the border through furloughs and elimination of overtime, they said.

“By decreasing the number of agents in the field, we’re creating holes. And with those holes, drug smugglers will exploit them,” said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

The cuts were scheduled to take effect April 7, but were put on hold by Customs and Border Protection after Congress passed a budget that funded government operations for the rest of this fiscal year.

The delay was welcomed, but it is only temporary, said Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, who arranged Thursday’s briefing. Judd said his council believes the reprieve is only good for the next few weeks.

“We can’t let this happen,” Barber said. “I think Congress’ responsibility is to stand up for the men and women who are protecting our border.”

Barber, whose district is one of nine that border Mexico, hosted the briefing so Capitol Hill lawmakers could better understand life on the border by hearing from those who are there every day.

Judd, a Border Patrol agent for 16 years who has worked in the Tucson sector, said he has seen the border environment change dramatically over his career.

He said there needs to be a balanced approach to security across the entire border, with a mix of technology and boots on the ground. But the threatened furloughs and loss of overtime would be the equivalent of cutting 5,000 agents from the border, he said, moving in the wrong direction.

“The environment that we’re currently under is a very dangerous environment with cartels that are doing all of the smuggling,” Judd said. “It would be disastrous if we give back the gains that we’ve been able to make over the last 10 years, especially in Arizona.”

Terry Shigg, National Border Patrol Council health coordinator in the San Diego area, said that agents face the normal stresses of money and family as well as job-specific stresses like long hours and dangerous situations. Add furloughs and loss of overtime pay and the consistently low morale of agents will only get worse, he said.

“For me, it’s kind of a betrayal to come at them and to come at their livelihood,” Shigg said of his fellow agents.

Judd said cutting hours will also hamper attempts at comprehensive immigration reform, since the public has been vocal that Congress demand a secure border as part of any reform package.

“This is the worst possible time we could even be talking about cutting the hours of our agents,” Judd said. “Do not cut the hours.”
 
CBP Testimony Before Senate Committee Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs PDF Print
Friday, 12 April 2013
 
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