FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Border Patrol Council Statement on Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO)
November 5, 2013
The single and unchanging reality on the U.S. borders is the fact that those who are trying to get
into the U.S. illegally never take a day off. Proposals to decertify Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) ignore this reality, essentially stripping Border Patrol agents of the ability to pursue criminals or prevent an illegal crossing the moment their eighth hour of the shift is over.
Patrolling the border is an unpredictable duty that often requires agents to go above and beyond
the eight-hour shift to effectively protect the country. You can’t control when a dangerous cartel
or potential terrorist will choose to cross—and in fact, the majority of illegal crossings
intentionally happen just before the shift changes...