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USTrump wants 400 TSA agents sent to the border. Democrats say that may hurt morale

03:50  22 may  2019
03:50  22 may  2019 Source:   rollcall.com

Democrats may fund parts of Trump's $4.5B border request

Democrats may fund parts of Trump's $4.5B border request Congressional Democrats are signaling a willingness to include major elements of President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request for humanitarian and security needs on the U.S.-Mexico border in an unrelated, widely backed disaster aid bill. Democratic aides say Trump's request for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds is off the table, but say Democrats are willing to fund care for more than 360,000 migrants apprehended since October. "There are some good parts to it, there are not some good parts to it and we'll have to separate the wheat from the chaff," Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said of Trump's border request.

Democrats say the path to securing the border is better technology, increased hiring for ports of entry, and improved infrastructure, such as fencing. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. TSA agent Anthony Morselli of Georgia, VT, shows his GoFundMe post on Facebook before starting

Donald Trump may have backed away froma threat to declare a national emergency in order to bypass Congress and build a wall on the southern border , but his preoccupation with his Expanding the wall is more popular among older people, white people and the less educated, according to the survey.

Trump wants 400 TSA agents sent to the border. Democrats say that may hurt morale© Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. A transportation security officer checks passengers at Reagan National Airport in D.C. Democrats raised concerns Tuesday that the Transportation Security Administration’s ongoing problems with high turnover rates could worsen after the Trump administration announced it would send 400 TSA workers to the southwest border to help with the migrant surge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats raised concerns on Tuesday that the Transportation Security Administration’s ongoing problems with high turnover rates could worsen after the Trump administration announced it would send 400 TSA workers to the southwest border to help with the migrant surge.

Democrats may fund parts of Trump's $4.5B border request

Democrats may fund parts of Trump's $4.5B border request Congressional Democrats are signaling a willingness to include major elements of President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request for humanitarian and security needs on the U.S.-Mexico border in an unrelated, widely backed disaster aid bill. Democratic aides say Trump's request for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds is off the table, but say Democrats are willing to fund care for more than 360,000 migrants apprehended since October. "There are some good parts to it, there are not some good parts to it and we'll have to separate the wheat from the chaff," Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said of Trump's border request.

More: Trump tours border , claims Democrats 'losing the argument'. Unsurprisingly, there was a wide partisan divide in opinion. Trump says the White House chefs are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. TSA agent Anthony Morselli of Georgia, VT, shows his GoFundMe post on

President Trump is simply asking Democrats to support border security policies they all supported just a few short years ago. It's time for Democrats It also said that the campaign would be gathering information on everyone who donated to the "Official Secure the Border Fund." "I want to know who

“I think what I see now is continued manufacturing of a crisis, to the detriment of TSA and some other agencies, which should not be,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., House Homeland Security chairman, said at a Tuesday hearing on the TSA workforce crisis. “I’m concerned that we are now putting airports at risk potentially, as well as the traveling public at risk in general, by taking people away from airports and sending them to the border.”

[TSA workers might not return to work after shutdown, experts worry]

Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee also raised questions about whether the nation’s airport security forces are properly trained to assist Border Patrol agents after USA Today reported that TSA workers reallocated to the border will be assisting in meal preparation, property management, and legal assistance for asylum petitioners.

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President Trump demands border wall in speech; Democrats accuse him of sowing fear. Trump wants .7 billion to build the wall, even though he said repeatedly during his campaign that he Trump also is scheduled to follow up his speech with a Thursday trip to the Texas border . Its been reported that hundreds of TSA screeners and agents have called in sick from their shifts from a

President Trump delivered an address to the nation on Tuesday night from the Oval Office to make a broad-based public push for border wall funding. Every day, Customs and Border Protection agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country.

“We can talk about the border, the refugee crisis is a major issue, but I’ll tell you what they are guarding against at major airport is individuals who have a goal and intent to bring down one of our planes,” said Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif. “We have to make sure these individuals are paid correctly so that the turnover goes down so that we can remain safe.”

GOP lawmakers pointed out that the recent deployment of TSA workers to the border highlights how the situation at the southern border is escalating.

“It is a concern to move TSA employees to the border, even though they did so voluntarily in my understanding, but it just goes to show the crisis we have down at the border,” Rep. Debbie Lesko. R-Ariz., said.

The 400 volunteers from TSA are coming from all divisions, Department of Homeland Security officials said, including front-line officers, headquarters personnel and federal air marshals. “We will minimize volunteers from airports that have attrition issues and will monitor operations to ensure volunteers are strategically selected to minimize impact,” a DHS official, who did not want to be identified, said in a statement.

Dems agree to billions in humanitarian aid for southern border

Dems agree to billions in humanitarian aid for southern border Democrats said they were willing to provide the money as part of a broader disaster relief package.

Democrats argue that maintaining existing border fencing, using high-tech tools to scan vehicles at Playing for time. There were two audiences for Donald Trump 's address to the nation on Tuesday Analysts say such a declaration may still follow. But the president would be accused of usurping

But legislation shows that Democrats support border security measures, though not the border wall he wants to build. President Trump has falsely claimed at least two dozen times since taking office that Democrats want to open American borders .

President Donald Trump has repeatedly called what’s happening at the southern border a “humanitarian crisis” and has deployed thousands of National Guard and active-duty troops to the southern border to assist Border Patrol personnel as the monthly border apprehension numbers continue to rise.

In April, 109,144 individuals were apprehended at the southwest border, which included individuals who turned themselves in openly to Border Patrol and those deemed “inadmissible” or caught entering the U.S. illegally, according to DHS. April was the second month in a row where the monthly number of border apprehensions exceeded more than 100,000.

J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said that TSA officers are not trained to perform the work they’ll be conducting at the border.

“I’m not aware of any type of training at the law enforcement academy on serving meals and the preparation of meals and those type of things,” he said.

Cox also said that no one from the administration talked with him about sending TSA workers to the southern border and said that the high turnover rate in TSA is largely because of the agency’s erratic scheduling practices and low pay.

With shelters at 'max' California border agents drop migrants at bus station

With shelters at 'max' California border agents drop migrants at bus station With shelters at 'max' California border agents drop migrants at bus station

President Donald Trump visited the border town of McAllen, Texas, where residents say there is no "crisis" from immigrants entering the country. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Its been reported that hundreds of TSA screeners and agents have called in sick from their shifts Trump has claimed a security and humanitarian crisis to try to justify his demand for .7 billion to

While criticizing Trump for saying the shutdown could last months or years if Democrats don't agree to the wall, Pelosi said that Its been reported that hundreds of TSA screeners and agents have called in sick from their shifts from a number of major airports as the partial government shutdown continues.

The federation represents TSA officers, but members have fewer collective bargaining rights than other federal employees because of the legislation that set up TSA in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The DHS Office of Inspector General issued a report in March that said during fiscal years 2016 and 2017, TSA hired more than 19,300 transportation security officers, yet lost more than 15,500 during the same period. The IG also cited low pay, pointing out that TSA workers are among the lowest-paid workers in government.

“People who flip burgers make more then them,″ said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo. “Americans ought to be furious about what’s going on, we pay these people almost nothing to save our lives every day.”

Lance Lyttle, managing director at Sea-Tac International Airport, part of the aviation division at the Port of Seattle, said on Tuesday that his team is struggling to manage with the resources and number of transportation security officers that they have at the airport.

“I’ve been at the airport for three and a half years and we have never had enough staff to man all of the lanes at the airports,” he said. “If these TSOs are reallocated somewhere else we will have lines all the way out to the garages.”

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Trump will make 'dramatic' statement about border this week.
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