Over the last few years, the U.S. Border Patrol was subject to federally mandated budget cuts, sequestration, and a ruling by the Office of Inspector General stating that the current agency overtime pay system was being used illegally. As a result, manpower on the border decreased and agents were leaving the Border Patrol for other employment.
Congressman Dave Reichert co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to stop Border Patrol attrition and shield Border Patrol manpower from future budget cuts. On Dec. 18, President Obama signed this bill into law.
On behalf of the National Border Patrol Council, I would like to express …