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[Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ilinois):] I'm very concerned this could lead to weakening your standards and an increase in corruption and misconduct if we're not careful how we hire these new agents. In fact the Government Accountability Office found that more than 2,100 agents were arrested for misconduct between 2005 and 2012. In response, Congress required all Border Patrol applicants to submit to polygraph. CBP applicants' failure rate of approximately 65 percent on these polygraph exams greatly exceeds that of other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service. Their failure rates: 35 percent. A Homeland Security advisory panel, co-chaired by former NYPD police commissioner Bill Bratton and former Bush administration DEA administrator Karen Tandy found, and I quote: "CBP remains vulnerable to corruption that threatens its effectiveness in national security". Last year, this panel recommended expanding this CBP polygraph program to include post-employment random and targeted polygraphs, which the FBI, CIA, DIA, and NSA already do. GAO made a similar recommendation five years ago, but instead this agency has proposed scaling back polygraph exams with fewer questions, and Congress is considering legislation to completely waive a polygraph requirement. DHS Inspector General Roth said of this plan, quote: "It could put CBP at significant risk."
Building America’s Trust Through Border Security: Progress on the Southern Border (Washington: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, May 23, 2017) <https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/building-americas-trust-through-border-security-progress-on-the-southern-border>.