(WASHINGTON)—The American Federation of Government Employees—the largest union within the Department of Homeland Security—today applauded final passage of the Southwest Border Security Bill, which included measures to add a combined 1,200 agents at Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“AFGE has long argued for more staffing and funding at both Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” AFGE National President John Gage said. “We applaud members of Congress for working so quickly at getting this bill put through, and President Obama for quickly signing it into law.”
The bill will add 1,000 Border Patrol agents, 200 special agents, investigators and intelligence analysts at ICE, and additional funding throughout the agency.
“It is essential for every DHS agency to have the staffing and funded needed to carry out their mission of securing this nation,” Gage added. “AFGE is glad that Border Patrol and ICE will get some relief in this sense, and are encouraged by the speed in which the bill was carried through.”