Trump has publicly called for the hiring of 15,000 additional border agents to help carry out mass deportations in his long-promised crackdown on immigration. However, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are struggling to fill the positions that already exist, and claim that they don’t how they even utilize such a large number of new officers. While Trump wants to beef up the U.S.-Mexican border with thousands of new agents, both agencies are citing “significant challenges” in recruiting, hiring, and fielding such a large number of officers. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies, including CBP and ICE, have always battled keeping officer positions adequately staffed. Although the goal was to maintain over 21,000 agents between 11,000 and 16,000, the actual number has been closer to 19,500. At some points, DHS actually has been losing agents at a greater rate than it was hiring agents. Factors that have contributed to an inability to fill these positions include low pay, a cumbersome hiring process, unpopular locations, lack of qualified applicants, and competition with local law enforcement agencies. Some critics claim that spending additional funds on thousands of new agents is not profitable. Rather, additional dollars should be aimed at improving infrastructure, utilizing technology, and eliminating internal corruption. Since 2005, 77 agents have been indicted or arrested on corruption charges. Similarly, CPB was experiencing an average of two alcohol-related arrests of agents per week. One agent was even convicted of engaging in organized crime. Many of these agents were hired during previous hiring surges designed to crackdown on immigration. As the federal government continues to take steps to further crackdown on undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., it has become more likely that you or a loved one may be facing deportation proceedings at some point in the future. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients in the state of California who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. Fortunately, there are many remedies that may be available if you are facing deportation charges. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you settle upon the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.