Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher issued a long-awaited directive March 7 to clarify the agency's use-of-force policy. Don't fire weapons at moving vehicles or in response to rock-throwing, the directive (.pdf) says – not unless there's grounds for believing that "an immediate danger of death of serious injury" exists.
Customs and Border Protection's budget would rise to $13.1 billion and the agency would hire an additional 2,000 officers under the White House fiscal 2015 request.
A long-awaited, somewhat delayed contract for towers hung with high-tech sensors to detect movement along the southwest border went to Texas-based EFW, Customs and Border Patrol announced Feb. 27.
Customs and Border Protection and its Canadian counterpart have launched the next phase of their pilot program to inspect and clear truck cargo before it reaches the border.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stressed the need to reform the Border Patrol's use-of-force policies during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Feb. 26. Johnson said he wanted to personally review recent cases where Border Patrol agents used force, "to ensure that we're getting this right."
A mock airport facility where Customs and Border Protection plans to test devices to record biometric data from travelers exiting the country is due to open in April. At the facility in Landover, Md., CBP will test a variety of biometric devices and narrow them down to the two top performers, said Colleen Manaher, who heads the agency's Entry/Exit Transformation Office.
Law enforcement alone – whether in the form of strengthened border barriers, dismantling smuggling organizations, or going after illegal workers or those who employ them – will fail to solve the problem of illegal immigration, finds a new report from Migration Policy Institute.
The drones that Customs and Border Protection uses for surveillance returned to the air Feb. 7, after the agency suspended flights for nearly two weeks, Reuters reported. One of CBP's ten drones crashed into the Pacific Ocean Jan. 27 following a mechanical failure, prompting the agency to ground its other nine drones while it investigated the crash.
A prerequisite to tackling the drug trafficking threat to the United States mainland posed by Puerto Rico is resolving systemic economic problems, says a report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The remaining fleet of nine Customs and Border Protection drones has been grounded after one crashed into the Pacific Ocean Monday night.