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Are Deliberate Polygraph Failures Undermining U.S. Border Patrol Recruitment Efforts?

The Department of Homeland Security’s polygraph tests for aspiring U.S. border patrol agents have raised eyebrows as over half of the candidates are failing. What is even more concerning is that many of these candidates have previously passed polygraph tests for other jobs. This pattern has alarmed members of Congress and led to suspicions that something sinister is at play.

The National Border Patrol Council union, headed by Brandon Judd, believes that intentional failures are hindering the agency’s ability to address the ongoing border crisis. This article delves into the implications of these polygraph failures and the potential motivations behind them.

The Impact on Qualified Candidates:

Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council union, reveals that a significant percentage of qualified applicants are failing the lie detector test. He points out that these individuals have already passed polygraph tests for other positions or even state-level polygraph tests. Judd suggests that the failures are intentional, motivated by a desire to limit the number of border patrol agents. This situation undermines the Border Patrol’s mission and contributes to the historic influx of illegal migrants across the southern border. The deliberate obstruction of law enforcement efforts is indicative of an agenda focused on defunding the police and advocating for open borders.

Concerns Raised in Congress:

The alarming polygraph failure rates have not gone unnoticed in Congress. Representative Austin Scott, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, questions the reliability of the tests, citing instances where individuals who passed other lie detector tests failed the Homeland Security Department’s polygraph. He emphasizes the need to address these problems and make it easier for qualified individuals to serve in law enforcement. Recognizing the urgency, Representatives Dan Crenshaw, Henry Cuellar, and Marianette Miller-Meeks reintroduced the Anti-Border Corruption Improvement Act, which aims to waive polygraphs for credentialed and qualified officers who have already passed prior lie detector tests. This proposed bill seeks to expedite the hiring process for CBP applicants and effectively respond to the ongoing crisis at the border.

Reforming the Hiring Process:

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies considered the gold standard for police departments, advises against relying solely on polygraph examinations for determining employment status. The standards state that polygraph tests should be used as an investigative aid, alongside other factors such as pretest and post-test interviews, psychological examinations, and background investigations. While Homeland Security officials deny intentionally hindering the border patrol, they acknowledge the challenges posed by the current immigration system.


The high failure rates in the Homeland Security Department’s polygraph tests for border patrol agents have raised concerns among lawmakers and union representatives. The suspicions of intentional failures and the impact on qualified candidates necessitate a thorough examination of the testing process. Efforts are being made to reform the hiring process, including proposed legislation to waive polygraph tests for qualified individuals with prior successful lie detector tests. The goal is to ensure that the Border Patrol can effectively address the ongoing crisis at the border while maintaining the integrity of its hiring procedures.

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