Both sides of the aisle are coming together for this one.
According to a report from The Hill, a bipartisan group of Senators has introduced a bill to expand the Border Patrol and increase agent pay; the bill was introduced by Sens. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), James Lankford (R-OK), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
The bill would create a 2,500-agent Border Patrol reserve force and increase agents’ pay by 14 percent.
“Every time I’ve visited with Border Patrol, they have made it clear that they need increased funding to recruit and retain agents,” Portman said in a statement. “At a time when our southern border crisis is heading towards a catastrophe, we must provide Border Patrol with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs.”
“Biden continues to encourage illegal border crossers to enter the U.S., and our Border Patrol stand between U.S. citizens and people from 150 countries coming into our nation, potentially connected to the Mexican cartels or terrorist organizations worldwide,” Lankford said in a statement.
“Our bipartisan bill will give the hardworking men and women of the Border Patrol the support, resources and pay raises they deserve,” Kelly says. “We’ll keep working with Republicans and Democrats to ensure that our law enforcement has the tools needed to recruit and retain agents so we can ensure a secure, fair and orderly process at the border.”
From The Hill:
The senators said in press release the reserve force would increase the total number of Border Patrol agents to 20,500.
The bipartisan group also touted the proposed 14 percent pay raise as a way for Border Patrol salaries to be more competitive with other federal law enforcement agencies. Border Patrol agents’ salaries are based on factors like locality and amount of overtime, but agents on average are compensated between $70,234 and $111,407, depending on their grade level, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Sen. Lankford shared news of the legislation on Twitter.
“The #BidenBorderCrisis is out of control & Biden is treating our Border Patrol like hotel check-in staff. I’m working to ensure CBP has the support, resources & pay raises they deserve.”
More over at The Hill:
The #BidenBorderCrisis is out of control & Biden is treating our Border Patrol like hotel check-in staff.
I’m working to ensure CBP has the support, resources & pay raises they deserve.
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) August 31, 2022