U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) today filed a bipartisan amendment to the immigration reform bill that would strengthen our nation's border security by encouraging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to recruit highly-skilled military members and veterans to serve in border security positions.
"We need the best and the brightest to stand guard at our border, and I can think of no individuals better trained for this role than our military members and veterans," Pryor said. "They've shown time and time again that they're dedicated to serving our nation. I hope they'll continue their mission by helping us protect our border."
"Our military men and women gain valuable skills protecting our nation while in the Armed Forces," Johanns said. "Many of those skills can be used right here at home securing our borders. This win-win amendment encourages our current and former military servicemembers to pursue jobs in border security, adding to the ranks of highly trained professionals dedicated to protecting our border."
Pryor and Johanns' amendment would require the U.S. Department of Defense and DHS to establish a program to actively recruit National Guard and Reserve members and veterans to serve as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. To improve retention, their provision would also allow DHS to provide student loan assistance for three years of service.