Border Patrol announces bonuses to keep agents on the job

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:53 AM PT – Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Trump administration is giving Border Patrol employees a pay raise as part of an incentive plan to keep agents on the job.

On Wednesday, the department announced agents will receive a five-percent bonus if they stay with the agency for another year.

The retention bonus comes as Border Patrol faces an increase in retirements and a shortage of new agents. It also comes amid a surge in illegal immigrants in the last 12-years.

FILE – Honduran asylum seekers are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group crossed the U.S. border wall into San Diego, in California, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

The bonus will cost taxpayers $84 million, but will come out of the existing U.S. Customs and Border Protection budget. The first checks are expected to be cut in September.

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