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Trump’s Plan to Hire New Border Patrol Agents Falls Far Short of Goal

Border marker, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s call for tighter border security came with a pledge two years ago to hire 15,000 new border agents and immigration officers.

But after the CBP spent $60.7 million on a management consulting firm, Accenture Federal Services, to recruit, vet and hire the border officers, the company has hired only 33 people so far, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“The hiring surge has not begun,” the inspector general’s office at the Department of Homeland Security wrote in November.

The IG also questioned whether the surge was necessary because of illegal immigration has reached historic lows at the southern border.

Still, Trump has made border security a priority, and the lack of money for a wall led to the longest government shutdown in history.

Head of Border Patrol Agents’ Union Says We Can’t Stop ‘Catch and Release’

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council and head of the union representing Border Patrol agents, tells CNN there’s  “no way” the “catch and release” of deportable immigrants can stop under President Donald Trump’s executive order to keep undocumented immigrant parents and children together.

Judd said in a Thursday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” that the options are either separate families or release migrants after they’re caught.

“We’re going to have to release (families) under what’s called the catch-and-release program,” Judd said. “It’s impossible to not separate the family unless the catch-and-release policy takes hold again. If we can’t hold the children more than 20 days, therefore we can’t hold the parents more than 20 days. It takes about six to nine months to see a deportation proceeding from the beginning to the end.”

Activists Call for Justice for Man Killed by Border Patrol Agents in May 2010

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About 100 activists gathered Monday evening to protest the Justice Department’s decision not to file charges against Border Patrol agents in the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. 

Hernandez Rojas died in a clash with federal agents in May 2010.

On Friday, the Justice Department said it opted against charging law enforcement officials in the death, saying “a team of experienced federal prosecutors determined that the evidence was insufficient to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges… Neither accident, mistake, fear, negligence nor bad judgment is sufficient to establish a federal criminal civil rights violation.”

But local immigration rights groups counter that excessive force was used against a handcuffed Hernandez Rojas.

“After five years of investigating, with evidence and with witness accounts, with everything very clear, they come to tell us that there wasn’t enough evidence to bring these agents to trial,” said Maria Puga, the widow of Hernandez Rojas through a translator at the protest. “All of us here know that they’re culpable. They murdered my husband. Two autopsies ruled his death a homicide.”

Border Patrol Agents Who Shot Drug Dealer Released From Prison

For President Bush — who gave far few commutations or pardons than people expected — this was one of the higher profile cases.

By CNN
Two former U.S. Border Patrol agents — whose cases became flashpoints in the controversy over border security — were released early from prison Tuesday, one of their attorneys and a congressman said.
The agents were convicted in 2006 of shooting and wounding an unarmed illegal immigrant and then covering it up.
President George W. Bush issued commutations for both men during his final days in office last month. Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean had received 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively.
After the commutation, their prison sentences were set to end March 20.

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Fed Law Enforcement Officers Assoc. Asks Bush to Pardon 2 Border Patrol Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) has fired off a letter to President Bush asking him to pardon or commute the sentence of two Border Patrol agents who shot a drug trafficker in the buttocks in 2005 near the El Paso-Mexico border.
“As you are aware, former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean were convicted of federal violations related to a shooting incident with a known drug dealer, ” wrote J. Adler, president of the 26,000 member association, in a letter dated Dec. 19. “Although found guilty by a jury, their case is a classic example of the flaws in our justice system.”
The two agents were patrolling the Texas-Mexico border in 2005 when they stopped a man who had 743 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. The man ran and the agents said they thought he had a gun. They fired their guns and the man was shot and wounded in the buttocks. The man later filed a complaint against the agents.
The two agents were convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Some Congress members have supported a campaign to free them.
Adler wrote in his 2 1/2 page letter that the two former agents are “family men who are now serving an inordinate period of jail time for a crime that, for the average criminal, would have met the federal guidelines for probation. To keep these two men incarcerated any longer violates the tenets of fairness, justice and the spirit of the law our system was founded upon.”

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