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Border Patrol Union Confers with Donald Trump about Securing the Border

national border patrol councilBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Border Patrol Council, which represents more than 16,000 agents, met with Donald Trump to determine how best to secure the border.

NPR spoke with Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd about the discussions.

The union endorsed Trump during the election.

Listen here:

Secret Service Agents Protecting Presidential Candidates Often Work for Free

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents who are on the campaign trail are working hundreds of hours of overtime without pay because of a cap on federal income.

Since early 2016, agents have worked overtime for free because of the demanding scheduling during this unusual election cycle, BuzzFeed reports. 

While Secret Service agents are routinely paid overtime, unlike many of their federal cohorts, they are hitting caps on overtime pay.

Agents are prohibited from making more than $160,3000 a year, even if they work around-the-clock.

As a result, hundreds of agents will never get paid for their extra time.

The Senate and House were considering raising the cap by about $10,000, but the measures have essentially stalled.

First Outsider to Head Border Patrol Is Facing Complex Challenges

New Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan

New Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the first outsider to head the Border Patrol in its 92 years, Mark Morgan is facing a broad array of issues, from corruption in the ranks to the increase in children and families pouring across the border.

Morgan, who is a former U.S. Marine, LAPD officer and FBI agent, also has been criticized for shedding his dark business suit to wear the Border Patrol uniform, the Los Angels Times reports. 

The appointment of Morgan, 51, has been opposed by Border Patrol’s most powerful union because he didn’t climb up through the ranks and never experienced the arduous task of being an agent.

“The really tricky part is to make sure he has buy-in from the rank and file and the boots on the ground who will be following his leadership,” said Michelle Brané, an immigrant rights advocate at the New York-based Women’s Refugee Commission, who met with Morgan last month.

Border Patrol Fails at Meetings Its Goal of Hiring 1,600 Women as Agents

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has struggled to hire female agents to help fight illegal immigration.

Between October 2014 and September 2015, the federal agency received more than 6,200 applications for Border Patrol job vacancies. But according to the Albuquerque Journal, only 54 women where fired – far below the goal of hiring 1,600 female agents. 

Women are vital to the Border Patrol because of the influx of Central American women and children immigrants over the past two years. The agency has said female agents are often better equipped to deal with immigrants who are women and children.

Women represent about 15% of the workforce in federal law enforcement agencies. But only 5% of Border Patrol’s agents are women.

“They are working hard,” WIFLE executive director Cathy Sanz, a retired agent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said of Border Patrol. “They are trying. Other federal agencies are watching what they are doing” – i.e., looking for signs of success in attracting women to the force – “because others are thinking they might want to go down this road.”

Secret Service: Trump’s Last-Minute Trip to Mexico Endangered Himself, Agents

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s last-minute trip to Mexico endangered both himself and the Secret Service agents who protect him, The Daily Beast reports. 

“It definitely puts lives at risk,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a 14-year Secret Service veteran, who spent his last five years in the service on Obama’s detail. “The stress is unbelievable because you have to have a plan for every contingency… but the time to think of it has been reduced from two weeks to two days.

“These things are always a nightmare. I don’t mean to be hyperbolic… anything that can go wrong does go wrong on a trip with a short timeline,” said Dan Bongino, a retired Secret Service agent who coordinated President Obama’s visits to Prague, Jakarta and Afghanistan.

A 25-year veteran of the Secret Service added, “Everyone’s working hard on the campaign trail to keep everybody safe and prevent anyone from being embarrassed, but that’s difficult when you have these last-minute trips.”

While Trump said the trip was successful, Mexico’s president said that the Republican presidential candidate lied about not discussing whether Mexico would pay for the wall.

Brothers Charged After Shootout with DEA Agents in Illinois

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two brothers accused of engaging in a shootout with DEA agents near a mall in Joliet, Ill., have been charged in connection with the incident.

Adan and Fernando Godinez have been charged with multiple gun and drug charges, NBC Chicago reports. 

During the shootout, Adan Godinez was shot in the leg.

Adan Godinez is accused of trying to sell two kilograms of cocaine, valued at $70,000, to an undercover FBI agent in August.

During the alleged drug deal, law enforcement officials tried to arrest the brothers, but Adan Godinez pulled out a firearm and shot at the officers, who were not injured.

The officers returned fire, shooting Adan Godinez.

“It’s a scary situation,” DEA spokesperson Dennis Wichern said said Tuesday. “It’s just a reminder, guys and gals, how dangerous it is at times for law enforcement.”

Other Stories of Interest

Border Patrol Agents Credited with Saving Life of Car Crash Victim

Via Border Patrol

Via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are being credited with saving the life of a driver involved in a rollover accident in south Texas.

Breitbart reports that agents working out of the Falfurrias Border Patrol state in Brooks County were called to the scene of a rollover accident.

Agents arrived to find a driver near a burning, badly damaged car. The driver had serious injuries, including to his head and neck.

Before medics arrived, agents provided emergency assistance to the injured man.

“The Border Patrol is a valuable resource to our community,” Brooks County Sheriff-elect Benny Martinez told Breitbart Texas in an interview on Tuesday. “We are a very poor County financially. Their extra manpower and their saturation throughout the county can mean the difference between life and death to people in some of the remote areas of the county. Because of the number of agents working in our county and their distribution throughout the county, Border Patrol agents are often the first to respond in an event like this. Their training, expertise, equipment, and manpower are an invaluable asset to our community.”

PolitFact: Relatives of Slain Border Patrol Agent Wrong About Available Agents

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Relatives of Brian Terry, the Border Patrol agent who was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits in December 2010, criticized President Obama for “thinly equipped” Border Patrol agents.

“In Arizona, for example, there are only one and a half agents per every 10 square miles,” Kelly Terry-Willis said July 18. “This is unacceptable.”

Kent Terry continued, “Only one candidate is serious about border security, and that’s Donald Trump.”

PolitFact checked the assertion about Border Patrol staffing and concluded it was “false.” 

PolitFact wrote:

Terry-Willis said, in Arizona,”there are only one and a half (Border Patrol) agents per every 10 square miles.”

Based on our calculations, she actually overestimates the number of Border Patrol agents compared to square miles. But that’s still misleading — and leaves out important context.

Most Border Patrol agents survey areas closer to the Arizona-Mexico border, not the rest of the state. The number of agents per linear mile is much higher.

We rate the statement False.

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