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Congress Introduces Bill to Increase Oversight of Border Patrol Following Deadly Confrontations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A bipartisan bill in Congress is aimed at addressing questions about the use of force by Border Patrol agents.

AZCentral.com reports that the bill is designed to increase oversight of CBP and the Border Patrol following widespread criticism of deadly confrontations with immigrants at the border.

But political experts said the bill may not find traction.

According to AZCentral, the bill would:

  • Create an independent border-oversight commission.
  • Establish an ombudsman’s office within the Department of Homeland Security to handle complaints about border and immigration issues.
  • Create a liaison office to improve relations with border communities.
  • Require significantly more transparency about the outcomes of investigations of deadly use-of-force incidents; and provide additional training and resources to officers, agents and supervisors.

Will it pass? Unlikely, says some political observers.

“The Republicans control the House, this is an anti-immigration crowd and a pro-enforcement crowd,” said Michael O’Neil, president of Tempe polling firm O’Neil Associates. “Secure the border first, that’s their answer to everything.”

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Immigrant Steals Border Patrol Agent’s Gun, Pulls Trigger But Weapon Jams

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It’s one of the greatest fears of law enforcement: A suspect wrestles away your guy,  points it at you and squeezes the triggers.

It happened Wednesday to a Border Patrol agent who was attacked by an immigrant near Encino, Texas, the Monitor reports.

Officials said the immigrant wrestled away the agent’s pistol and pointed it at him, but when the suspect pulled the trigger, the gun jammed.

After the attack, Border Patrol managed to detain eight people, including the attacker.

Secret Services Investigates Potential Link Between Target Breach, Border Arrests

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating a potential link between the recent hacking of consumer data from Target and the arrest of two Mexicans over the weekend, Reuters reports.

The Mexicans were found with a cache of fraudulent credit cards.

Target said the breach ended in the theft of 40 million credit and debit card records, Reuters reported.

“The U.S. Secret Service continues to work closely with affected parties and law enforcement to investigate the Target breach. In regards to the arrest announced yesterday, the Secret Service is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and McAllen Police Department to determine if there is any connection,” Donovan said in an email.

More than 250,000 Arrests Makes Texas-Mexico Border the Busiest in Country

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas is ground zero for Border Patrol arrests, the Associated Press reports.

Of the 420,789 apprehensions during the Border Patrol’s fiscal year that ended in September, 235,567 of the arrests were made in Texas.

Arizona, which often is the busiest border, saw 125,942 arrests.

Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said the increase in Texas arrests is largely due to an influx of immigrants from Central America.

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Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots Man Following Scuffle in Southern Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man in southern Arizona following a struggle between the pair, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities were tracking a group of people Thursday night on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

While two of the suspect were apprehended, a third escaped. He was found under a mesquite tree and began fighting the agent and trying to steal his gun, the AP wrote.

The man is believed to be in his 20s. He died at the scene, the AP reported.

The shooting is under investigation.

Video: Friendly Border Patrol Agent Thanks Driver for Expressing Constitutional Rights

It’s hard to imagine a federal law enforcement official thanking you for not cooperating.

But that’s exactly what a friendly Border Patrol agent did when a group of people questioned his authority to interrogate them.

The car reached a border stop, where they were asked whether they were U.S. citizens.

A passenger in the car filmed the encounter.

 

Sen. McCain Slams Protection of Border, Calls for Better Way to Monitor Effectiveness

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sen. John McCain, one of the leading voices in the immigration debate, sharply criticized how the border is patrolled, the Washington Times reports.

The Arizona Republican said Homeland Security needs to devise a way to measure the effectiveness of its border protection.

“I have concluded that not only is the border unsafe, but it is patrolled ineffectively,” Mr. McCain said in a letter to new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. “Whether it be a lack of necessary equipment like night vision goggles, or a requirement to sit idle for hours at forward operating bases (FOBs) due to unnecessarily restrictive overtime rules, bureaucratic red tape and flawed administrative procedures prevent agents from maintaining border security.”

Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano resisted efforts to implement measurements, according to the Washington Times.

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Border Patrol Employs New Approach to Keeping Northern Border Safer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents at the northern border are taking a new approach to tightening security, the Associated Press reports.

Instead of spending most of their time at border stations, agents are spreading out into communities and assisting local police.

The idea is to work more closely with other law enforcement agencies to share backup and resources, the AP wrote.

“That extra person watching your back is very important,” Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia told the AP.