Eleven percent of recently deported Mexican migrants said they suffered physical abuse while in U.S. custody, and 34 percent said one of their possessions was stolen, a report from the Immigration Policy Center says.
Whoever stole a truck carrying radioactive material in Mexico Dec. 2 probably did not know what was inside, said experts on terrorism and smuggling from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
Members of the House and Senate from both parties introduced legislation Nov. 13 to reform the pay system for Border Patrol agents.
The State Department issued significantly more border crossing cards in the last few years due to the recovery of travel to U.S. that had dropped after the Sept. 11 attacks and a cyclical issuance period that recently ended, Edward Ramotowski State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subcommittee on national security Nov. 14.
Weather, culture and limited resources distinguish the challenges on the northern border from those on the southwestern border, officials said Sept. 13 in Detroit at the US/Canada Border Conference. "The dynamics here on the northern border are very different," said Mario Martinez, head of Customs and Border Protection's Detroit sector.
Government surveillance drones don't present novel threats to privacy, said military and border officials at the US/Canada Border Conference in September. Air Force Col. Greg Semmel, the installation commander at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y., noted that the Air Force and Air National Guard have used optical sensors to track activity on the ground for decades.
Customs and Border Protection has not assessed risks at select foreign ports with U.S.-bound shipments since 2005, part of a string of failures that has left key ports without a CBP presence, the Government Accountability Office says.
"We're not introducing the perfect bill," said Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.), the bill's sponsor, at a press conference Oct. 2. "We're introducing a comprehensive reform bill that provides that space for compromise." The House bill (H.R. 15) removes the Senate bill's Hoeven-Corker 'border surge' amendment, which would add 20,000 Border Patrol agents to the southwestern border.
A top official at Customs and Border Protection cautioned that a biometric exit system at airports could be a vast waste of money if it doesn't guarantee that passengers have actually boarded their flights.
On Sept. 25, CBP announced a range of actions it has begun to take or plans to take to address use-of-force issues. Video cameras on Border Patrol agents and expanded basic training are among the possibilities. Eventually, CBP plans to pilot the use of cameras mounted on its agents and their vehicles to reduce use of force and also protect employees against false allegations.