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John Oliver Gave The Best Argument Against Trump’s Proposed Surge Border Patrol Hiring

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“We have been down this road before.”

During President George W. Bush’s time in office, the United States experienced a doubling of Border Patrol agents — from 10,000 to 20,000 — in response to the 9/11 attacks. Now, President Trump wants to do something similar by trying to rush the hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents. But John Oliver points out that the rush to hire agents in the past had some negative outcomes. According to The Hill, the Department of Homeland Security wants to drop the required polygraph tests for new hires to speed up the process. The thing is, the polygraph tests were implemented for Border Patrol after Bush’s rushed hiring of Border Patrol agents, which ended up disqualifying many of the hires, even though they had passed background checks. Even Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello told The Hill that 60 percent of applicants can’t pass the polygraph test. As Oliver points out, when the polygraph tests were first implemented for Border Patrol hires, there were some astonishing revelations that disqualified people from serving, like a man who admitted to smoking marijuana 20,000 times during a 10-year period.

Oliver also explains that the job of Border Patrol agents is not all action, pulse pounding arrests, and round ups. In fact, most of the job just requires you to be alone in the middle of the desert for hours on end without seeing another person. There is also the responsibility of humanely encountering and assisting people who have crossed the border that doesn’t include guns, handcuffs, and shouting threats.

The rush to hire as many agents as possible also led to increased corruption within Border Patrol since people weren’t properly vetted or trained.

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“Consequently, as the ranks grew, corruption and excessive force skyrocketed,” Oliver said. “Misconduct became such a problem that, at one point, the Border Patrol felt it needed to issue a memo about the fact that agents were averaging two alcohol-related arrests a week.”

Oliver ended his segment, with the help of Will Arnett, to create a realistic Border Patrol hiring ad showcasing what the job is really like: full of boredom.

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“The point is: if you’re kind, physically fit, impervious to bribery and boredom, and you want to serve your country by enforcing a controversial and ever-changing set of policies in the most humane way possible, then give us a call,” Arnett says int he ad.


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Chicago Mayor Is Getting Ready To Sue The Trump Administration Over Threats To Defund 'Sanctuary Cities'

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Chicago Mayor Is Getting Ready To Sue The Trump Administration Over Threats To Defund ‘Sanctuary Cities’

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling out the federal government for overstepping their power and “blackmailing” sanctuary cities, according to Chicago Sun-Times. Emanuel’s criticism and hardline stance against the Trump administration’s threats stem from new documents outlining what is required by cities to receive federal funds for police departments.

San Francisco’s city attorney, Dennis Herrera, spoke out against the same documents last week and is also suing the Trump administration over the threats to defund ‘sanctuary cities,’ according to The New York Times. According to both reports, in order for a city to get a grant, they must give federal immigration officials access to their jails so they can confirm the citizenship of the inmates that are incarcerated. Cities who receive funding must also give Immigration and Customs Enforcement 48-hour notice before releasing “suspected” immigration violators. Both Chicago and San Francisco are suing the administration to challenge the constitutionality of the new rule.

“In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk,” Sarah Isgur Flores, spokeswoman for the Justice Department, told the Chicago Sun-Times when asked why the administration was targeting ‘sanctuary cities.’

The Chicago Sun-Times points out that the law firms that are representing Chicago in the lawsuit are doing so for free. The Trump administration has been threatening to cut funding to so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ since he was elected as president.

“Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate,” Emanuel said during a news conference, according to Voice of America. “Chicago will not let our residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated. And Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city.”

(H/T: Chicago Sun-Times)


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