U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is asking former Border Patrol agents to return to help police the southern border.
The law enforcement agency's website included an advertisement "soliciting interested candidates for reinstatement."
Former agents under 40 years of age and who quit in the past three years are being asked to return to their old jobs. Significant raises are being offered, and six-month stints at its academy are being waived.
The move comes amid historically high illegal migration to the U.S.
"Out in the field, it's already gotten bad," a senior Border Patrol official told the Washington Examiner. "There's so many sectors where they're just pulling everybody in from the field to just help with the command and control at stations."
CBP statistics showed that agents encountered 234,088 migrants in April, the highest monthly total since President Joe Biden took office.
Officials are bracing for the migrant surge to increase after the Biden administration announced that it will end Title 42, the pandemic-related expulsion policy, on May 23.
CBP previously has sought former agents to apply for reinstatement, though not to this extent. The current approach basically is "begging people to come back," the official told the Examiner.
"We're getting pummeled with retirements. It's not just Title 42 ending," the official told the Examiner. "I know agents that are good agents, and they totally believe in the mission — they just feel they're unable to do their job, so if they're eligible to retire, they're retiring. 'This isn't what I signed up for.'"
The Border Patrol is hiring for stations on remote parts of the Mexican and Canadian borders. They include:
- Big Bend Sector: Alpine, Fort Stockton, Marfa, Presidio, Sanderson, and Sierra Blanca, Texas.
- Del Rio Sector: Carrizo Springs, Comstock, Del Rio, Eagle Pass North, and Eagle Pass South, Texas.
- Laredo Sector: Freer and Laredo North, Texas.
- Rio Grande Valley Sector: Falfurrias, Texas.
- San Diego Sector: Boulevard, California.
- Yuma Sector: Wellton, Arizona.
Stations in Montana and North Dakota also are seeking agents because personnel has been pulled to help out on the southern border during the past year.
"This position requires regular and recurring shift work," the CBP notice said. "You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations. You could be required to work overtime daily and will be compensated up to an additional 25% of your base pay in accordance with the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014."
The law enforcement agency is required by Congress to have at least 19,000 agents on payroll, and it has struggled with high attrition for years, the Examiner reported.
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