Border Patrol is facing a 15 percent attrition rate that could
increase to more than 20 percent by the end of the year, The Washington
threatens efforts to secure the nation's borders - particularly
along the 1,940-mile border with Mexico, where agents are reportedly
leaving in "staggering" numbers, according to veteran
agents who spoke with the newspaper.
factors, agents are reportedly dissatisfied with the pay and many
have gone to the Transportation Security Administration as air
marshals, lured by salaries that average about $52,000 a year
to start and can go as high as $80,000 depending on experience.
rules, Border Patrol agents start at $30,000 to $35,000 and have
a 90 percent chance of being assigned to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Congress continues to debate the Homeland Security Bill, which
would separate the Border Patrol from the U.S. Immigration and
Naturalization Service. That bill, as currently written, would
eliminate some of the protections given to civil service employees.