Author Archives: leemaril

But Who Is Watching CBP?

More than two years ago (see my 2018 blog below) President Trump sent the National Guard to our Mexican border.  I questioned then, as I do now, whether that was a good strategic decision or just another attempt to generate … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection, Uncategorized

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

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

Tomsheck’s SAREX

The SAREX program initiated by Mr. James Tomsheck in March 2011, and supervised by Janine Corrado and Jeffrey Matta at the Integrity Program Division, is another example of Customs and Border Patrol Internal Affairs breaking federal law and agency policy … Continue reading

Posted in CBP Internal Affairs

The Unusual Border Deaths

On October 25th, 2012, two illegal immigrants from Guatemala, Jose Leonardo Coj Cumar and Marco Antonio Castro, died from shots fired by a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper.  Trooper Miguel Avila also wounded a third immigrant. What is “unusual” … Continue reading

Posted in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)