Take Action: June 6, 2017 Tell Congress not to lower standards for border patrol hiring

URGENT: The House version of the bill, H.R. 2213, is scheduled for a vote on the House floor as early as Wednesday, June 7th.  The Senate version, S. 595, is out of committee and also awaits a full vote on the Senate floor.

From 5 Calls: In March, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake proposed S.595, the Boots on the Border Act, to meet Trump’s demand for an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents. The act would eliminate the polygraph testing requirement for applicants who are already law enforcement officers or are transitioning members of the US Armed Forces (including veterans).

Currently, 60% of Border Patrol applicants fail the polygraph screening. One analysis of 1,000 exams showed that the failures were largely due to criminal behavior, including smuggling and other felonies. Importantly, some applicants actually worked for criminal organizations and were seeking to infiltrate the Border Patrol. Without the polygraph screening, these applicants all would have passed the standard criminal background check.

In loosening hiring standards by eliminating polygraphs, the Boots on the Border Act would risk a dramatic increase in the hiring of unqualified Border Patrol agents. All Border Patrol Agents, without exception, should be thoroughly vetted. The Senate bill, S. 595, has been reported out of committee and now awaits a full vote on the Senate floor.

POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springville.  I’m calling today because I’m extremely concerned about [House: H.R. 2213 / Senate: S. 595], the bill that would eliminate the polygraph testing requirement for Border Patrol Agents. If qualified candidates cannot be found, the solution is not to lower vetting standards. I ask that Rep. Jason Chaffetz vote against this harmful bill.  Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.  [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]