While U.S. Border Patrol officials are seeking to keep as much personnel amid the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, a California college is blocking its tracks to new hires as it bans Border Patrol from its school’s job fair.
At the San Jose City College, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials were uninvited to the job fair on Tuesday following protests from an activist group.
The “Dump Trump San Jose” group took up the fight to block CBP officials from attending the school’s job fair.
The group wrote in a letter on Facebook on Sunday:
The U.S. Border Patrol is fundamentally racist and anti-immigrant institution. […] Immigrants make up almost 40% of our population and the presence of Border Patrol agents on SJ City College’s campus jeopardizes the safety of both its student body and the community at large.
The college’s spokesperson, Ryan Brown, told NBC Bay Area that the decision was based on “everything that’s gone on in recent years around the issue of immigration and with Border Patrol and enforcement.”
He added that having CBP officials at the job fair is “just not something that we’re comfortable with.”
A Border Patrol agency spokesperson told The Hill that it respects the college’s decision but added that “our main objective was to inform about the excellent, well-paid rewarding career opportunities CBP has to offer, not to conducting any law enforcement activities.”
Thank you to the thousands of @CBP employees across the country and around the globe who work tirelessly to keep America safe. Your steadfast dedication and commitment to our mission is inspiring. #EmployeeAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/XWHyMT2pbV
— Kevin McAleenan (@CBP_McAleenan) March 1, 2019
Border Patrol announced last Wednesday it was offering a 5 percent increase in agents’ pay if they continue to work for the agency for another year amid the crisis at the U.S-Mexico border.
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost expressed the importance of Border Patrol agents.
“Investing in the men and women of the United States Border Patrol continues to be my top priority,” Provost said in a statement. “Their experience and expertise is critical to successfully accomplishing the border security mission.”
“We are facing a humanitarian and border security crisis on the southwest border, and those who serve on the frontline are vital to that effort,” John P. Sanders, senior official performing the duties of commissioner, said.
Border law enforcement is playing a huge role in securing the border as the numbers continue to climb with a massive influx of immigrants. There have already been more migrant apprehensions in the first half of fiscal year 2019 as there were in all of fiscal year 2018.
As IJR Red reported, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan testified before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, telling lawmakers that resources will be exhausted before the end of the fiscal year.
“While our 2020 budget will help address this crisis, we will need additional funding even sooner,” McAleenan said. “[…] Which is why this week the administration will be sending a supplemental funding request to the Congress.”