Border Patrol agents are protesting an amendment to the immigration reform bill, which would add nearly 20,000 agents and $38 billion to border security spending. The officers claim that such a hiring surge would compromise quality.
Last month, Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced a last-minute amendment to the immigration reform bill, which garnered Republican support and helped pass the legislation in the Senate. The amendment increases spending on the US-Mexican border by $46.3 billion in the first 10 years and provides funds to grow the Border Patrol from 21,394 agents to 40,000.