Thursday, May 18, 2006

Another bad immigration control control idea

No, this bad idea is not the Bush proposal to give a couple billion to the same old defense contractors who own his Administration. That's too easy.

This bad idea is the president's proposal to add 6,000 border patrol agents by the end of 2008. It is inevitable that rushing thousands of people through training just to have a certain number of border patrol agents by a certain date will result in too many bad hires and too many unfit border patrol agents cowboying around, creating international incidents.

How many border patrol agents should there be? Don't know.

But each one should be hired with care.


James Wigderson said...

It's May 2006. How long do you think it takes to train a border patrol officer?

Gretchen Schuldt said...

James -- There truly is a difference between "a" and "6,000." Really. Training a border guard by the end of 2008 likely would be pretty easy. Training 6,000 of them means training about 194 a month, every month for 31 months. When you are training that many at that pace, you are going to get too many losers who shouldn't be there.

James Wigderson said...

If it takes 23 weeks to graduate from Milwaukee's police academy, then we can realistically expect to hire the 6000 in five waves of 1200. That's 1200 recruited from all over the United States every 6 months, including processing. I'd hardly think it can be that difficult.

Gretchen Schuldt said...

Yup, we were so very successful training police in Iraq.

In the end, assuming the best case training scenario, 1/3 of the border patrol will have less than two years' experience. That is not a good situation.

Blurondo said...

Why not hire the first 6000 people who are crossing the border? Very economical. No advertising, Spanish speaking and a work force that is fully skilled in all the methods of moving back and forth across the border