Border agency anticipates years to hit Trump’s hiring goal – ABC News
The U.S. Border Patrol will not lower hiring standards to satisfy President Donald Trump’s order to add 5,000 agents and will need several years to hit its target, administration officials said Wednesday.
A precise timeline has not been set, but one official said the goal was to hire as many agents as possible in four or five years. Another official said it wouldn’t happen overnight.
Officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol’s parent agency, would speak only on condition of anonymity, despite Trump’s insistence that reporters should only quote people by name.
The hiring surge is a key piece of Trump’s immigration orders that has drawn less attention than his travel ban and his plans to erect a wall on the border with Mexico. Hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents would represent an increase of about 25 percent, and his plan for 10,000 more U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement officers and agents is an increase of about 50 percent.
Trump’s orders set no deadline and it is unclear if Congress will provide the billions of dollars they would likely require. Trump proposed the target of 5,000 agents during the campaign; CBP officials did not directly address how that number came about Wednesday but said it was achievable.
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