By now most Americans are aware that Donald Trump is a big-talking blowhard with little knowledge about anything; this week that combination was made manifest…again.
So it turns out that everyone with a brain who said Trump’s bizarre pledge to hire tens-of-thousands of border guards was unjustified, and unrealistic, were spot on. The campaign pledge demonstrated that Trump is as ignorant of what it takes to hire even one federal employee, much less tens-of-thousands of “law enforcement” guards tasked with patrolling America’s Southern border with Mexico and hunting down and rounding up brown people.
The Department of Homeland Security inspector general (federal watchdog) released a report concluding that Trump’s executive order to hire 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and 5,000 border patrol agents was absurd. According to the inspector general’s report, based on the “rigorous screening requirements for federal law enforcement jobs,” the Department of Homeland Security would have to get and vet over 750,000 applicants to find and fill just 5,000 qualified personnel to do the border patrol jobs.
If that wasn’t a sobering enough revelation for dumb Don, in order to hire the 10,000 new I.C.E. agents the department would have to sift through, and properly vet, a pool of over 500,000 applicants to even begin filling that insane number of agents. These ridiculous numbers were courtesy of the inspector general’s audit; not fake news and not lies proffered by the “liberal media” or members of the fantasy “deep state.”
No doubt the Trump just issued the executive order and pulled the number of new hires out of his fat ass. But even a half-wit would have conferred with experts in how government works before thinking about issuing an executive order to do anything, much less enlist, train, and deploy several brigades worth of federal agents to go hunt brown people in America.
The news only got worse for Trump as the inspector general’s report called into question whether DHS even needs 15,000 new hires to hunt down and detain brown people. The inspector general claimed there was no justification for the new agents and didn’t have much else good to say about Trump’s version of homeland security.
The federal watchdog said Trump’s DHS leaders have “done such poor planning for what their workforce should look like with an understaffed and poorly trained Human Resources operation, they cannot possibly justify thousands of new employees.”
The report from the office of the Inspector General John Roth said:
“Neither [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] nor [ICE] could provide complete data to support the operational need or deployment strategies for the additional 15,000 agents and officers.”
Trump’s poor-planning Department of Homeland Security officials told the auditors that they are at least three to four years from getting ‘some kind of system’ in place that will give them a clue about how many new personnel they need and where to deploy them. They didn’t comment on Trump’s order for 15,000 new agents, likely to preserve their jobs, but the inspector general didn’t care. The report said:
“Without comprehensive staffing models, operational needs analyses, and deployment strategies, CBP and ICE will not be able to identify clearly the correct number and type of employees required, what positions must be filled, or where to deploy those employees.”
Another issue dumb Don never considered while pledging to “beef up enforcement” against undocumented immigrants and create a “deportation force” to hunt down and capture brown people was how to pay for those 15,000 new hires. He also never knew that, as the auditors rightly said, 15,000 new “border guards” will require close to 10,000 additional “technical and support staff” that will also need to go through the rigorous vetting process and be paid.
In the same way Trump hasn’t figured out how to pay for his absurd “beautiful wall,” the White House has failed to give guidance on how to pay for and hire the new guards, deportation force, and monumental number of technical and support staff. What someone in his administration did do, however, is direct the Office of Personnel Management to give Homeland Security officials authority for one year to fill those “heavily vetted” jobs without competition as a way to circumvent what it called “cumbersome hiring and vetting rules;” rules that were put in place by the government according to its high regard for national security. Of course that shouldn’t surprise anyone; in the Trump administration “robust vetting” and “national security” are just too “cumbersome.”
Democrats, or any other thinking human being, were not surprised by the inspector general’s findings and were not timid about rubbing Trump’s orange nose in the report. Anyone conscious over the past six months is fully aware that everything Trump promised during the campaign, and while in office, was done without any forethought whatsoever much less careful consideration and planning. The ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Bennie Thompson (MS) issued a statement saying:
“It’s not surprising that President Trump’s decree to drastically expand the Border Patrol and increase his deportation force was put in place without a clear need for the 15,000 new agents and officers or a plan for hiring and deploying them. I hope DHS goes back to the drawing board and shows us the need for new personnel along with a clear plan on how to better manage them once deployed.”
For its part, Trump’s DHS official tasked with liaising with the inspector general, Jim H. Crumpacker, defended Trump’s order to hire 15,000 new agents and border guards. Crumpacker said that the push for a new deportation force is Trump’s response to “emerging operational needs and changes in technology. DHS remains committed to ensuring correct staffing levels, ratios and placements.” Their problem is they just don’t know how to go about it and haven’t yet started the planning phase and that still does nothing to address another concern of the inspector general.
Homeland Security’s personnel office suffers from “fragmented systems, and not enough of the staff or automation it needs to hire this many new employees,” the auditors found.
They auditors noted that only 61 percent of the 21,000 current Border Patrol agents actually patrol the Southwest border, and they said that number “may actually understate” the true number of employees assigned to management and administrative work. The report said that 1,000 more agents than headquarters officials have allocated are assigned to intelligence roles in the field and it contributed to their questioning the need for any more agents in the field.
“The use of Border Patrol Agents performing duties not directly tied to ‘ensuring complete operational control of the border’ calls into question the department’s operational need for 5,000 new agents.”
And the report reiterated its doubt that DHS even needs 15,000 new officers Trump demanded to carry out its mission. This is particularly true because immigration arrests have been on the decline since before the election. Immigration arrests were already steadily falling, but because of Trump, no-one wants to travel to America much less emigrate here and who on Earth can blame them. According to the auditor’s report, Border Patrol agents apprehended 35 percent fewer people from February to March, and 61 percent fewer than January. It makes the mandate for 15,000 new border guards not just unrealistic, but completely unnecessary and prohibitively costly; something Trump is just too insanely stupid to comprehend.
It is too bad main stream media didn’t devote any time to reporting on the inspector general’s smack down of Trump’s absurd executive order. It would have been yet another black-eye for Trump and possibly alerted his rabid supporters that everything the Oval Office idiot promised was a farce. To date nothing Trump pledged would happen when he “ruled” America has materialized. What remains to be seen is when and if Trump’s supporters will get a clue that their white hero is a scam artist and a monumental failure. He not only doesn’t know more about everything than everyone on the planet, he is likely stupider than the American morons who voted for him.