President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on January 25, 2017 that will add 15,000 federal agents to protect our borders and deport illegal immigrants.
What should have been an easy task is turning into a monumental undertaking plagued with issues according to a Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General report.
The report indicates that the Departments of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are “facing significant challenges in identifying, recruiting, hiring, and fielding the number of law enforcement officers mandated in the Executive Order.”
Additionally, neither department could provide data to support the need or deployment strategies for the additional agents and officers that they have been directed to hire pursuant to Trump’s Executive Order.
The OIG says that “proper workforce planning is needed” to ensure that the hiring is done correctly. An inadequate workforce plan will likely undermine the ability to meet the hiring requirements.”
How can this be when current Chief of Staff John Kelly was in charge of CBP and ICE when he was the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security?
Trump assured the American public about Kelly that, “What he’s done in terms of homeland security is record-shattering.”
What then wasn’t done that still needs fixing?
The report indicates that certain steps must be taken before the hiring directive can be achieved:
- CBP and ICE Must Determine Operational Needs and Develop Deployment
- DHS Must Have Sufficient Human Resources Staffing to Support the
- DHS Must Address Recruitment and Retention Challenges
Also lacking are the Human Resource positions that will need to be filled in order to hire these 15,000 individuals.
CBP believes it will need 160 additional HR positions while ICE indicates it will need to hire 200 additional HR personnel.
In conclusion, the OIG report stated in order for the DHS to be successful in fulfilling its hiring requirements, “it must address proactively significant historical and current challenges.”
Translation, clear up eight years of departmental disorganization and non-hiring practices created by a former administration that did not favor allowing federal agents to enforce immigration laws.
In some ways, it is unfortunate that Kelly left the position before the “house cleaning” was complete.
However, his current position, while not as hands on, still oversees the DHS.
Let’s hope that the next DHS Secretary can roll up his or her sleeves and fix the problems left by the former administration.
Our national security depends upon it!
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