Border Agency Promises Not to Sacrifice Quality for Speed in Hiring

Government Executive: The Trump administration will not lower its standards for quality to ramp up hiring of border security personnel, Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday, leaving open the possibility the agency would reassess the total number of employees it plans to bring on.

Officials declined to state who initiated the call for 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 500 air and marine officers, saying only the number was “very supportable” based on the standard they have been asked to achieve. President Trump ordered the hiring spree in January, and Homeland Security Department Secretary John Kelly later issued implementation guidance calling for the onboarding to begin immediately.

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