WASHINGTON (MNS) — A recently passed Senate bill to fund counterterrorism efforts until October includes an amendment that would increase the pay of Border Patrol agents and immigration inspectors.
‘‘It is imperative that we provide ample pay for those who are responsible for protecting our borders,'' said Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a news release. ‘‘Border Patrol agents and immigration inspectors are on the frontline of homeland defense and we need to make sure we have the best and brightest in these positions.''
The provision would increase the payroll account by $4.9 million for agents who have served for at least one year. It would provide $3.8 million to increase the salaries of immigration inspectors who have performed their duties for a year.
Feinstein co-sponsored the amendment with Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
The Border Patrol is losing agents at a heightened rate from previous years, said Nicole Chulick, an Immigration and Naturalization Service spokeswoman.