While Arizona’s new controversial state law regarding illegal immigration crackdowns stirs debate nationally, Senator Mark Pryor has been quietly working on another measure to address a major immigration issue.
Pryor is the chair of a key Homeland Security subcommittee that is considering ways to reduce corruption problems in the U.S. Immigration Service and border control officers.
Talk Business contributor Suzi Parker writes for Politics Daily on the subject, noting that since 2003 there have been 129 corruption arrests of border patrol officers. Last year, there were 576 allegations of corruption.
Pryor’s efforts center on a better screening process to hire potential employees:
Such dangerous cracks in the agent-screening process concern Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), chairman of the subcommittee. He says it allows drug cartels to infiltrate this country’s law enforcement. Pryor has introduced legislation — the Anti-Border Corruption Act — to curb such crime.
"We need to clamp down on this now," Pryor said. "By my estimates, it is already out of control, but it’s really about to get out of control if we’re not careful."
The legislation includes a more rigorous system of polygraph testing. Pryor’s bill would require such tests of all applicants for law enforcement positions.
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