Beginning April 7, CBP will no longer pay Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime to Border Patrol agents. Even without the furlough this represents a 32% pay cut, which will be devastating to agents and their families.
Congress passed HR933 which gave CBP enough money to save AUO AND avoid furloughs. CBP has instead decided to continue with its vindictive attempts to slash the pay of Border Patrol agents. This is not mandated by any operational concerns – to the contrary, agents will be restricted to their basic 8 hour shift, which will not provide enough time to conduct basic law enforcement functions associated with protecting the border. Driving times alone will eat up at least half the shift at many stations, allowing only a few hours for actual patrolling. Enforcement activities will be crippled. Congress provided enough money to cover salaries and ensure that enforcement goes uninterrupted.
On paper, agents are eligible for other forms of overtime, but stations and the Union have already been informed that many stations will be going to 4, 6, even 8 shifts per day to ensure that no agent works beyond their 8 hour shift. This ensures that agents will earn no overtime pay and makes EXTRA sure that no actual law enforcement is conducted.
Apparently CBP’s mission of screwing over 20,000 Border Patrol agents is more important than actually protecting the border.
All Border Patrol agents (and every concerned American) should be flooding their Senators and Representatives with phone calls protesting these cuts, which can only be described as BULLSHIT.