McCaul Statement on Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017
Washington, D.C. – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to struggle to recruit and vet employees. The lengthy process involved with a pre-employment polygraph requirement slows the hiring process considerably. As a result, manpower at our border is critically understaffed.
Today the House passed H.R. 2213, the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, introduced by Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Martha McSally (R-AZ), which gives the CBP Commissioner limited discretion to waive the required pre-employment polygraph for candidates that have already been thoroughly vetted. Specifically, the waivers apply to candidates who have served as law enforcement officers or former members of the armed services and who held a recent security clearance.
Chairman McCaul: “Our national security depends on ensuring there are the right number of well-trained agents and officers on our front lines. This commonsense, bipartisan solution expedites the hiring process for those who have previously taken an oath and put their lives on the line for our country, allowing CBP to more effectively carry out their mission of safeguarding America’s borders and ports of entry.”
Rep. Martha McSally: “All of the technology and infrastructure deployed along the southern border is useless if we don’t have a well-trained agent or officer present to intercept a drug load, screen cargo, or speed legitimate transit through a port of entry. CBP has invested $200 million in port of entry infrastructure in Arizona alone over the last eight years, but there isn’t enough staff to open every available lane. By giving CBP discretionary ability to hire qualified, vetted individuals who already have earned public trust, this bill will increase the security of our nation and facilitate cross-border commerce and tourism – so vital to the Arizona and national economy. I am pleased to see it pass the House.”