Tucson Sector Agents have begun deploying to the Rio Grande Valley to support that sector and deal with the current influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border. Almost three years too late, the Border Patrol is finally recognizing the amount of illegal crossings is overwhelming that Sector.
It is surprising that after three years of unprecedented illegal crossings in south Texas, it is only now, that the Border Patrol mobilizes additional Agents to assist that sector. Coincidentally, this mobilization happens at the same time Donald Trump wins the election.
But when Local 2544 met with the current head of the Border Patrol, Mark Morgan, he stated he didn’t just want to throw Agents at a situation and hopes it gets fixed. So why now the change of heart? Could it be that the political appointees, in CBP & DHS realize that we have an Administration that is serious about border security?
Executive Board members met with the current head of the Border Patrol, Mark Morgan, as part of his continuing border tour. Union representatives were only given one hour to address the many issues that agents currently face.
President Del Cueto, immediately addressed FOB Operations and its impact on Agents and their families as well as staffing levels for certain TCA stations.
Mr. Morgan stated he would address the issues that were presented to him. We remain hopeful that the modus operandi has changed from prior Chiefs and will await on the agents issues being taken serious and addressed positively.
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The October 12, 2016 General Membership meeting will be held at:
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Agents need to exercise caution when participating in social media outlets. There have been a number of cases involving inappropriate posts that resulted in proposed discipline by the Service. Although afforded some protection by the First Amendment, social media posts are still subject to review by the Service to determine if there is a connection with a BPA’s job and, if so, whether such posts evidence a violation of policy. Some common problem areas:
•Posts that evidence a violation of law or policy,
•Posts that show the faces of BPAs or detainees
•Posts that publish Service policies, manuals, directives or other internal documents
•Posts displaying BP uniforms or insignia in a sexual manner, usually on dating sites
•Posts that publicize a previously unknown incident that is embarrassing to the Service
•Posts that express a bias or hatred to identifiable group
BP Management is of the opinion that beyond a handful of agents, such pages cannot be secured because there is no way to know who is being invited and who might be motivated to alert the media or an immigrant rights group. BP Managers also worry that BPAs can be impeached in court proceedings by their own social media postings. While sometimes funny, such postings can also be interpreted as evidencing a bias or worse against the groups encountered in the field. Union members should review the current CBP social media policy and they should act with caution when using social media. The question to ask: “What would happen if I hit the send button and the images and statements are made public?” As an NBPC lawyer, I can tell you that I’ve represented many agents who were put in the embarrassing situations by either a social media post or text message.
Be careful out there.
– Jim Calle
Good job to CAG and Tucson Mangement.
For years, CAG Agents have basically been parking in a dirt lot. We have continually complained about these to conditions to anyone who would listen and they finally have.
The parking facility is finally getting paved, thanks to real leadership.
Now let’s get the FOB’s closed!!!
A recent Texas Tribune article documented several key Border Patrol leaders having improper relationships, possibly misusing government funds, and engaging in assault. But the article only scratched the surface. Local 2544 has complained for years about miscreant BP managers who get away with wrist slaps or nothing for misconduct typically resulting in suspensions or worse for line agents. Some of these managers are then subsequently promoted. These double standards have existed for years and continue to this day.
How can such hypocrisy exist in a self-proclaimed “professional” law enforcement organization? The answer is that the Border Patrol promotes mediocrity! The Agency no longer looks for field managers who have true leadership qualities or managers who look out for their subordinates. It prefers managers who have proven themselves in administrative positions or as project managers. Long past are the days of “go-getters” getting promoted. Today it is about test scores and resumes. Working on a specialty unit in administrative or field operations is given far greater weight than field experience working side by side with agents. We will concede there are some great second and third-line managers and a few more among the command staff but they are few and far between. The Border Patrol, since Chief Aguilar, has been more concerned with who has the best image, who fits our team, who will take orders and not question the reasoning, and for that you need the proverbial “house mouse.” The “house mouse” is a manager who loathes working the field and will do anything to stay in the office and and be a “yes-man.” The house mouse will spend countless hours promoting their petty projects to show their relevance to their bosses. They agree to anything and everything, as long as one of their superiors suggested it and it keeps them out of the field. And that’s who gets promoted. The house mouse manager is also the one who targets hard working Agents for any wrong doing. By doing this, it demonstrates their ability to conform with upper-Mangement. We have even heard of these managers bragging about how many Agents they have written up, for the smallest infraction. The house mouse has forgotten what it is like to work a 12-hour shift. They are frustrated when agents scratch or dents a government vehicle because they were actually working in rugged terrain. They have no understanding of what it is like to walk for hours and lose a baton or a GPS. The daily grind of working in harsh conditions is foreign to the house mouse manager. In-turn, they inflate the egos of their superiors, who then believe everything they do or say is great. The manager is now surrounded by drones, who do and say anything the manager wants. This would include illicit behavior.
One only has to look at the amount of Operations Officers who reside at Sector Headquarters or in DC and participate in kingdom building. They have lost touch with real Agents and their values. They surround themselves with house mouse managers, who support them at all cost. They begin to believe they are untouchable. They believe they can do no wrong. And when they are caught, they are shocked that they have to play by the rules. Why should they? Every house mouse under them has continually whispered in their ear how great they were and how everything they have done is good to go. Tucson Sector has been filled with these managers for years.
The appointment of Mark Morgan as Chief of the Border Patrol marks a new era in the Patrol’s history. It remains to be seen if Mr. Morgan will begin looking at his own managers to clean house or whether he will allow hard-working agents trying to do their job to continue being the targets of the house mouse manager.
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