SOUTHERN BORDER - The House of Representatives voted to waive polygraph tests for certain new border agents in an effort to speed up their hiring and ramp up the Trump Administration’s massive deportation force.
In response to the House passing this bill, Christian Ramírez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, released the following statement:
“To lower hiring standards for Border Patrol is an affront to border communities who have urged the Federal Government to implement sorely needed oversight and accountability mechanisms in the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. Today’s misguided vote in the House of Representatives compounds the public’s mistrust for an agency already riddled with corruption and a culture of violence and impunity that has deteriorated its credibility in our communities, threatening the security and quality of life for the 15 million folks who call the borderlands home.”
The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) brings together organizations from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, to ensure that border enforcement policies and practices are accountable and fair, respect human dignity and human rights, and prevent the loss of life in the region.