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Lawmakers say Trump’s DHS staffing boosts are unrealistic

Both the House and Senate agree that the administration’s request to boost Homeland Security staffing is ill-advised, Government Executive reports.

The administration in its fiscal 2019 budget requested funding for 900 Customs and Border Protection new hires and 2,000 new agents and 1,300 support personnel at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the report, which notes that larger plans include hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 10,000 ICE agents.

However, in a measure approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, lawmakers attached a report stating that a “portion of these personnel cannot feasibly be hired or retained in fiscal year 2019, even under the most optimistic projections,” so they instead recommend funding levels for salaries and benefits that are ”more realistic,” according to the article.

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Wed, Aug 8, 2018 ncl

that will never change. favoritisms are in the DHS/Managements. Its never stop.

Wed, Aug 8, 2018 clerk

DHS/MANAGEMENTS BUDDIES NEED TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER AND NO MORE FAVORITISM.

Tue, Aug 7, 2018 NC

CORRECT, DHS/UPPER MANAGEMENTS ALWAY PICK THEIR FAVORITISM.

Tue, Aug 7, 2018

Welcome to the Federal workforce where if Dinos or Rinos don't get their way they'll shut down the govt, and furlough you w/o pay.

Mon, Aug 6, 2018 Serge CA

That might be a good idea, if only federal employees would have a decent pay to do their work. How would a person that has a family or want a family survive on the low paying wages of the federal gov't. Also, why would they work for Fed if we don't get pay raises that allows us to live without the fear of losing a house or getting kicked out of an apartment because we can't make monthly payment. Really, do they think about that.

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