Ciscomani Demands Answers on Late Overtime Pay for Border Patrol Agents

Ciscomani Demands Answers on Late Overtime Pay for Border Patrol Agents

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
June 7, 2024

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been stretched thin due to the ongoing border crisis, with many agents working overtime. The timing has been inconsistent despite Congress appropriating the funds necessary to pay these agents could be more consistent. As a result, Representative Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ) spearheaded a letter demanding answers from Acting Commissioner Troy Miller.

"As you know, our agents are overworked and overwhelmed with the number of migrants they are encountering this year. Additionally, morale at USBP is at an all-time low, and recent reports indicate a large number of early retirements. Ensuring agents have the most up to date and accurate information regarding their pay and benefits is crucial," Rep. Ciscomani wrote.

Despite Congress appropriating $372 million toward time and a half payment for GS-12 agents at the border, "reports from agents say there is much confusion around the timing of these payments," according to Rep. Ciscomani's press release.

Does Texas have a constitutional right to defy Supreme Court on protecting its border?

Thus, the letter demanded answers on establishing and confirming a date upon which agents could expect back pay for working overtime, with communications about the issue as proof of holding up their commitment.

Such a demand comes at a time when border crossings have steadily surged, which Ciscomani told Cactus Politics was likely the result of illegal immigrants hoping to enter the country before the potential reelection of former President Donald Trump.

"If you look, historically, when you get closer to an election, Border Patrol tells us that an increase is expected. However, when you have an increase on top of record-breaking months, that is very concerning," the Arizona Congressman said.

"We are going to continue to see that because as we get closer to November and into next year, they may see that window potentially closing. And to be honest with you, once we win the White House back, the policies are going to change, and we are going to be able to do more of what we want to do," Ciscomani added.

Related Posts

Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

Subscribe to the newsletter everyone in Arizona is reading.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


More Related Posts