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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