Author Archives: leemaril

Sending National Guard to the Mexican Border Does Not Make Sense

by Lee Maril President Trump’s recent decision to send the National Guard to the Mexican borderlands does not make good sense.  The National Guard are trained soldiers, but have little training in guarding an international border, speaking Spanish, immigration law, … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection

The Border Patrol Needs to Hire, Retain, Mentor, Promote More Female Agents

In 2016 the percentage of female agents remains at 5% although the Border Patrol continues to attempt to recruit additional women.  Somehow this process just never seems to work very well, neither the recruiting, the retaining, the mentoring, or promoting … Continue reading

Posted in Gender Discrimination

The Business Side of Customs and Border Protection

The business side of what Customs and Border Patrol does and does not do is extremely important. While both political parties debate policy, one unaddressed but fundamental question is this: how efficient is CBP in getting new technologies to its … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection

Another Big Earthquake Hits Oklahoma

Saturday’s 5.8 earthquake in Oklahoma is a sobering reminder, a cautionary tale, that recent emergency attempts by the Oklahoma legislature, the governor, and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to resolve the problem may have failed. The OCC provided key leadership in … Continue reading

Posted in Cushing Oklahoma

The Future American City?

Just back from my first visit to Israel. I remain stunned by what I saw and those with whom I talked. Stunned is the best word I can think of because I am still trying to disassemble images and assemble … Continue reading

Posted in Israel

How We Treat Our Returning Disabled Veterans Matters

When our military men and women enlist, they promise to uphold certain obligations that are expected of them. These obligations at a personal level are frequently extremely challenging for them to live up to. In return, our military institutions also … Continue reading

Posted in CBP Internal Affairs, Customs and Border Protection

Why We Should Keep an Eye on Oklahoma Earthquakes

Two reasons. First, the frequency and intensity of Oklahoma earthquakes have grown dramatically in the last few years. In both the northwest and the central part of the state these increases are directly tied to the injection wells required for … Continue reading

Posted in Cushing Oklahoma

Why is the Actual Amount of SBInet Important?

What difference does it make if SBInet cost $1 billion, or $1.2 billion, or the real amount, $1.389 billion? First and foremost, American taxpayers paid the SBInet contracts to Boeing. There is a big difference, exactly $389 million, between the … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection

Will the Five New Border Technologies Ever See the Light of Day?

The new Reorg at CBP provides some hope that this largest of all federal law enforcement agencies at last recognizes its crucial problems and intends to resolve them. However, what is always most difficult is to change in an organization … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection

Cushing Oklahoma

  In the last week two new earthquakes hit the Cushing, Oklahoma area. Cushing, a small town of about 6,000 residents, is home to one of the largest tank farms in the country. This huge tank farm, which stores more … Continue reading

Posted in Cushing Oklahoma