Category Archives: Customs and Border Protection

Mexican Border Deaths are a National Disgrace

The Border Patrol reported last week that 477 immigrants died attempting to gain illegal entry along our Mexican border.  According to the Border Patrol, this is a 27% increase over the preceding year. Although fewer undocumented immigrants are seeking entry … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection, Uncategorized

Double Travesty of Justice from a Helicopter

Two issues among many immediately raise their ugly heads when I think of the senseless deaths of two illegal immigrants near La Joya, Texas.  The first is that the Texas Department of Public Safety thinks it knows more about stopping … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection, Immigration

DHS Finally Investigates the Border Patrol or Does It?

The Associated Press reported last week that the Department of Homeland Security’s own Office of the Inspector General was investigating charges of excessive force by Border Patrol guards at the Mexican border.  According to the article that appeared in the … Continue reading

Posted in Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, Customs and Border Protection

Tragedy at Naco

The news that one Border Patrol agent has been killed and another wounded near Naco, Arizona, is both tragic and alarming.  It is being reported that agents were on horseback and were ambushed by three to four gunmen.  If these … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection

A Border Death that Didn’t Happen According to the National Media

Juan Pablo Perez Santillan died seven weeks ago.  He was allegedly shot by a Border Patrol agent who appears to have fired from the banks of the Rio Grande River in downtown Brownsville, Texas.  Santillan was allegedly throwing rocks at … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection

The Border Patrol’s New National Strategy: Measuring What?

Just two weeks ago the Border Patrol launched its new national strategy in hearings before Congress.  Surprisingly the national media seem less than interested in the BP’s newest national strategy since 2004 which will, according to the Border Patrol, cover … Continue reading

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The Border Patrol’s New National Strategy: Lipstick on a Javelina

There’s a lot in CBP’s “2012-2016 Border Patrol National Strategy” to digest.  For starters there are two major goals, the first with five objectives, the second with three.  All this is sandwiched between numerous color photographs reminiscent of university textbooks … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection

The Border Patrol’s “New” National Strategy as of Tuesday

First the good news.  At least I think it’s good, but it’s hard to say.  The Border Patrol has, at least sort of, announced a “new” National Strategy, it’s first since 2004.  That may mean it is discarding some of … Continue reading

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After Nine Decades, New Female Border Patrol Chief at Nogales: Part Six of One of the Border Patrol’s Dirty Little Secrets

It’s always a great day when an experienced law enforcement professional is promoted to a challenging new position.  And it was a great day on Friday when Leslie M. Lawson was formally sworn in as the Patrol Agent in Charge … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection, Gender Discrimination