In December, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a $297 million contract to Accenture in order to recruit and hire 7,500 additional U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. According to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, this contract will require the U.S. government to spend roughly $40,000 for each of the new hires, which are to include 5,000 Border Patrol agents, 2,000 CBP officers, and 500 air and marine interdiction agents. Even then, the cost will not fully cover all hiring expenses, although the $40,000 is almost equivalent to the entry-level salary of a Border patrol agent. Although McCaskill does not dispute the need for additional CBP personnel, as DHS currently is losing personnel at a higher rate than it can hire them, she does question the expenses outlined in the contract, particularly if it still will not cover the total costs of hire. CPB agents reportedly have become so scarce that DHS reportedly has pulled screeners from airports to temporarily reassign them to the Southern Arizona border; existing CBP officers also report working back-to-back eight-hour shifts for days on end. The nationwide CBP officer shortage is 3,700, which is the worst that the agency has seen since its inception. Nonetheless, McCaskill questions the need for a contractor to perform hiring-related tasks, as opposed to CBP’s Office of Human Resource Management. Given the current focus of the federal government on immigration enforcement, there may come a time in the near future when you need help with various legal matters, including representation in deportation proceedings. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., pride themselves on aggressively representing the interests of those immigrants who are facing potential deportation by American immigration authorities. Our goal is to gather evidence in your favor, build on a strong case on your behalf, and develop a strategy that is best designed to help you remain in the United States and move on with your life. The earlier we can get started with your case, the more likely you are to prevail in your deportation proceedings. Don’t hesitate to contact us today and learn what we can do to assist you.