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Tag: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol May Ignore Recommendation to Stop Shooting Rock-Throwers

Steve Neavling
tickleticklethewire.com

Despite a government-commissioned review recommending an end to the practice of shooting rock-throwers, Border Patrol agents may continue anyway, the Associated Press reports.

CBP responded that the recommendation was “very restrictive.”

The review came from the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit that advises law enforcement agencies, the AP wrote.

Border Patrol agents are currently told they can use deadly force if they have a reasonable belief that their lives are in danger.

Concerns were raised after eight people since 2010 were killed in rock-throwing incidents with Border Patrol agents.

Feds Delay Plan to Blanket Mexican Border with High-Tech Sensors

 

Border fence along Juarez-El Paso border/istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Technology glitches have delayed the federal government’s plan to place sensors along the Mexican border, Wired reports.

The plan by the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection was to saturate the border with a new generation of unattended ground sensors, or UGS.

Now the feds are backing down from spending the money, saying now there are no plans “release a solicitation for this specific requirement in the near future.”

The problems are related to frequency and bandwidth, Wired reported

We’ve determined that we need to resolve issues with saturated radio frequencies, limited bandwidth and system integration with the existing CBP infrastructure,” Jenny Burke, a public affairs officer with CBP, told Wired.

Homeland Security Report: Customs and Border Protection Agencies Rife with Dysfunction

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is mired in internal dysfunction and turf battles and is unable to stem corruption within its ranks, according to an internal study, the TheDailyBeast.com reports.

The website says the agency, which has about 60,000 employees, has been unable to control its disciplinary system or a culture of acceptable corruption.

The study, which showed myriad problems, was completed by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a type of think tank for the Department of Homeland Security.

The Center for Investigative reporting reviewed the 80-page unclassified report, which chronicles problems from as far back as 2002, the theDailyBeast.com reported.

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ACLU Sues U.S. Customs and Border Protection Over Ban on Photographing Border Crossings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU filed suit against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency over a policy prohibiting the use of cameras and video recorders near U.S. crossing points, the ACLU announced on its site Thursday.

The ACLU said the policy violates the constitutional rights of citizens to take pictures.

The suit alleges the agency already deleted photos taken by two separate people – one of whom was documenting pollution at the border, and the other of whom was photographing potential abuse.

“The courts have been quite clear and consistent on the fact that photography is a First Amendment right, but apparently word has not reached the Customs and Border Protection agency,” the ACLU says in a press release.

Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit.

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Border Protection Agency Unveils Prototype for New Vessel For High-Speed Chases

It only makes sense to have a equipment that’s at least equal to what the bad guys have.

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By ELLIOT SPAGAT
Associated Press Writer
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday unveiled a prototype vessel for high-speed pursuits of smugglers ferrying people and drugs from Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

The 43-foot boat is faster, more stable and carries about twice as much fuel as CBP’s current vessels, which were rolled out from 2001 to 2005.

The $875,000 prototype comes with infrared cameras and sensors that give detailed images as far as the horizon goes. Currently, agents often use goggles, which detect things only as far as the naked eye.

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Downsizing? Not Here – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Has 11,000 Jobs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Recession? Layoffs? Downsizing?
Not here.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection became the latest federal law enforcement agency to announce a  major hiring campaign. It  said it hopes to fill about 11,000 law enforcement and support jobs this year.
Over the weekend, the agency  hosted open houses at 15 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The FBI recently announced a drive to hire about 2,100 non-agent jobs and about 850 special agent positions.