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  • I was listening to local political talk radio today, The Jay Sevrin Show, and the topic of discussion was the potential deployment of troops to the border. I felt compelled to chime in. I basically explained my own story with CBP and said "When there are literally legions of recruits in waiting for CBP like myself why is it that we are sending soldiers to enforce our borderrs when it is a function of federal law enforcement?"

    I also gave you guys a shoutout discussing how many men and women I know that are chomping at the bit to start this job.
    "He made the night a little brighter where ever he would go. The old lamplighter of long, long ago."

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    • Emergency Funds for Border Violence

      [B]Southern Border Lawmakers Urge House Leadership to Approve Emergency Funds to Combat Border Violence, Cartels[/B]

      Washington, DC –Border Members of Congress, including Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), are urging the Speaker of the House to provide emergency funding to fight drug-related violence along the U.S. Mexico Border. In a letter signed by nine congressional members from Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico, lawmakers call the recent upswing in border violence a demonstrated need for immediate funds to secure the border.

      “We are at a tipping point,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism. “Either we immediately send additional resources to our border or we wait and watch the violence unfold across the Rio Grande. Our options are clear and we need Congress to move.”

      Congressman Cuellar represents 220 miles along the Texas southern border including his hometown of Laredo, Texas, positioned alongside the Rio Grande. Two weeks ago, an unknown attacker threw a bomb at the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo just across the river in neighboring Mexico.

      As a result of ongoing border violence, including the March double shootings of Americans in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, members of the Congressional Border Caucus, led by House Select Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes of El Paso, last week sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting that emergency funds to secure the southern border be included in the fiscal year 2010 emergency supplemental package. The bill is currently being drafted by the House Committee on Appropriations.

      “The violence facing Mexico is having a particular impact on our communities and our sister cities as the Mexican government clamps down on criminal organizations,” the members of Congress write in a letter singed April 16, 2010. “As members representing border districts, we have seen first hand the impact the violence has on communities on both sides of the border.”

      Two weeks ago, Congressmen Reyes, Cuellar and Ed Pastor of Arizona met with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon to discuss the future of the $1.3 billion Merida Initiative, a cooperative effort between the United States and Mexico to combat drug and weapons trafficking. Multiple reports indicate that of the $830 million allocated to Merida since 2007, just $128 million has been received in military equipment and training in Mexico.

      “The popular consensus from both sides of the border is the need for speed,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Our border communities have braced themselves for a spillover of violence and the burden is falling on local law enforcement at home. This is why we have laid out a framework with concrete numbers for Congress to move on.”

      Topping the list is a request for $200 million to support law enforcement’s communications capabilities in remote areas along the border where there are known critical needs, plus an additional $50 million for Operation Stonegarden which assists the collaborative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement in fighting border related violence, weapons and drug trafficking.

      All border members agree the nation’s land ports of entry are critical to securing the border and vitally important to trade. They requested $100 million to help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sustain border agent salaries in the face of budget deficits at the nation’s land ports. In addition, they requested a minimum of $70 million to hire an additional 500 CBP officers to immediately alleviate understaffed ports of entry.

      An additional $32.2 million was requested to help CBP hire 207 border patrol agents for the southern border to avoid straining existing human resources or deplete CBP assets from other areas. Members also asked for $39.6 million to help prevent attempted cartel-corruption in CBP by drug trafficking-associated applicants. These funds would be used specifically to help the agency conduct background investigations and polygraph tests.

      “The will of governments and communities in the U.S. and Mexico to combat criminal elements is strong,” wrote U.S. Representatives Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Solomon Ortiz (D-TX), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Bob Filner (D-CA), Harry Teague (D-NM), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX), Susan Davis (D-CA) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). “And the United States and Congress must continue to honor that resolve with needed funding to aid those serving on the front lines at this critical juncture.”

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      • Originally posted by nms51 View Post
        Yesterday I received a phone call from a private number. I got a call to schedule a polygraph test. I've been on the TSU since 10/09.

        Wow that seems totally random. Are you out of TSU now pending the poly?
        CBPO
        Test: July 2008
        TO: 12/26/08
        VBT 1/21/09-passed
        Medical - 1/21/09 - cleared 4/28
        Fitness - 1/21/09 - passed
        Drug test - 2/5/09- passed
        BI - Cleared
        TSU -4/29/09 (Buffalo)
        BI2 - cleared 8/11

        ICE Special Agent
        Test 7/22/09 passed

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        • I thought polys were going to be only for people who were individuals with new TOs. It was my understanding they weren't going to go back and poly those who have already made it into TSU or were already into BIs, etc.
          Hoping to make the move from one capital to another

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          • Applicants are subject to polys at any point before EOD. So yes you can be polygraphed while in TSU which would take you out of TSU pending the results.

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            • My guess...and it's only a guess...is that if they're looking to pull someone out of TSU for a poly, then they've either got a good reason to be asking more questions...or they expect that the poly will be finalized by the time they get around to drawing from the TSU pool for that particular location.

              Like I said...that's only a guess.

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              • At one time a polygraph was going to be part of the process, but it is expensive to do and we are all about saving cash. They are just trying to avoid surprises, but we hire way more than the FBI, so we do not have the ability to give em to everyone.
                Life is what happens while you are waiting for something better to come along.

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                • I applied for FAM and got a TO. Since then, I received a letter from them saying I was ineligible due to credit. If CBP has to update my credit check before I get an EOD, would they just tell me I'm ineligible or give me an opportunity to explain/dispute?
                  Geo Pref - Boston
                  Written - 7/25/2008
                  TO - 3/6/2009
                  Pre-Employment Forms - 3/11/2009 Complete
                  Qualifications (GS05/07) - 3/11/2009 Complete GS07
                  VBT - 3/24/2009 Passed
                  Med/Phys - 3/25/2009 Passed
                  Drug Test - 4/3/2009 Passed
                  BI - 5/13/2009
                  TSU - 9/04/2009

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                  • Well yup they pull me out of the TSU due to poly!!

                    I don't have anything to hide, I have a pretty clean backgroud I'm only 23yrs old. Never gotten a traffic ticket, I don't smoke(never done it), I drink ocassionaly (maybe once a month), my credit record is good, I'm pretty boring. I'm guessing my background is about to expire, I had my BI last year around May. We'll see how it goes, I have to drive 2 hrs for my poly and pay 11 dlls for parking according to the guy I spoke to.

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                    • I thought they weren't going to be doing anything unless they were about to offer an EOD?
                      Maybe it's good news for the folks going for polys. Fingers crossed for you guys!
                      Geo Pref - Boston
                      Written - 7/25/2008
                      TO - 3/6/2009
                      Pre-Employment Forms - 3/11/2009 Complete
                      Qualifications (GS05/07) - 3/11/2009 Complete GS07
                      VBT - 3/24/2009 Passed
                      Med/Phys - 3/25/2009 Passed
                      Drug Test - 4/3/2009 Passed
                      BI - 5/13/2009
                      TSU - 9/04/2009

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                      • Been over a year since I started the TO process. Looks like it is time for things to start dropping off. Let the fun begin!
                        CBPO East Texas
                        TO: 3/3/09
                        Pre-Emp Forms: 3/26/09
                        Fitness: 4/6/09 -Passed
                        Medical: 4/6/09 -Passed
                        VBT: 4/7/09 -Passed
                        Quals: (GS-7) 4/10/09 -Verified
                        Drug Test: 4/17/09 -Passed
                        BI: 8/27/09 -Cleared
                        TSU: 8/27/09
                        FCRA: 05/19/10
                        BI Update: 6/16/10

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                        • I just have a few words to say to those of you guys on this thread..I took the test in 2006 since then I have cleared I been in TSU for a while now. My wife is a CBPO. Works with the big shots. (So I get some insight) All I have to say is this.. Stop coming here all the time , everyday, all your doing is killing yourselfs(Believe me I been there done that).. 1 Piece of advise.. forget it for now.. because when the call does finally come you will be like oh s...t!??! Yessssss i'm in there.. I haven't been on this thread since February.. and even then just to scan it.. it's NOT like it used to be back in the day when the call was around the corner.. months.. maybe a year or 2.. after 2002 they became DOHS.. they went crazy on hiring EVERYWHERE.. and now most Airports are WAYYYY over staffed(you MIGHT have a better chance for a land border).. listen if your in TSU.. your in there.. its just a waiting game (of course continure to update what is asked of you) But forget it.. and when the call comes it will all rush back to you.. Signing off for another few months
                          Test 10/07
                          TSU 8/24/09

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                          • 1 year in TSU today. I didn't think that I'd ever get to say that. I hope I don't get to say 2.

                            Took the test today for TSA screener. I got my results with a conditional offer of employment before I got to the parking lot. I'm sure the bottleneck is going to come somewhere down the line.
                            Written Test: 3/08
                            NOR: 4/08
                            TO: 4/08
                            Medical: 4/08
                            Fitness: 6/08
                            VBT: 6/08
                            Met with investigator: 10/08
                            Received NOPA: 11/08
                            Won appeal: 3/09
                            TSU: 4/23/09 (Michigan) pulled in May for fitness
                            New fitness: 7/28/09
                            Back in TSU: 8/3/09

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                            • Originally posted by CMUnupe View Post
                              1 year in TSU today. I didn't think that I'd ever get to say that. I hope I don't get to say 2.

                              Took the test today for TSA screener. I got my results with a conditional offer of employment before I got to the parking lot. I'm sure the bottleneck is going to come somewhere down the line.
                              I'd bet you say 3 or 4. I'm betting on 3 or 4 years in TSU for us all.
                              CBPO
                              GEO - NY/JFK
                              TEST - 03/08 (NOR: 04/08)

                              TO - 01/09
                              PE Forms - Completed
                              Fitness - Completed
                              VBT - 03/09 - Completed
                              Drug Screen - Completed
                              Qual - 05/09 - Completed
                              B.I. - 05/09 - Completed
                              Medical - 05/09 - Completed
                              TSU


                              EOD: ???
                              FLETC: ???

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                              • Got a note saying USPS has a certified letter for me. Going to pick it up tomorrow... can only imagine. Still waiting on my credit check to reclear... but I have nothing on my credit report(I monitor it all the time) that would bring me down. Got me thinking "what now?"

                                I'll keep you guys informed.
                                Geo: Illinois
                                Test Score: 94
                                Quals: GS-7
                                T.O.: 8/7/2007
                                Referred to Schedule EOD

                                "Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die"

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