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L.A. Times Editorial: It’s the U.S.-Mexico Border, not the Wild West

By L.A. Times
Editorial 

Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide.

As The Times’ Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum sharply criticized the agency for a “lack of diligence” in investigating fatal encounters involving its agents. The report, based on internal case files of 67 shooting incidents leading to 19 deaths between January 2010 and October 2012, also faulted some of the agents’ practices, including positioning themselves in the “exit path” of fleeing vehicles apparently as a pretext for opening fire in self-defense. Not only is that contrary to commonly accepted policing practices, but it endangers passengers in the car as well as the agents, since a dead driver can’t control a moving vehicle.

The report also reinforced earlier findings by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General on the even more bizarre practice of agents firing across the border when people on the other side throw rocks at them. Yes, a thrown rock can cause significant damage, including death if it strikes an unprotected head. But to respond to rock throwing with live ammunition across an international border — on 22 occasions in 2012 — strikes us as excessive. Was there really no other way to address the problem?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Homeland Security Department, is the biggest police agency in the nation. It has doubled in size since 9/11 and now employs more than 43,000 Border Patrol agents and customs officers.

Certainly there are dangers involved in patrolling the border, and agents must be able to protect themselves. But the agency must also train its employees to operate professionally and not to respond to aggression with excessive force.

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Feds Quickly Cancel Plan to Start License Plate-Tracking System Following Mix Up

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Hold up, say ICE officials.

A solicitation for a company to compile a database of license plate information was canceled just a day after the Washington Post revealed the plan.

“The solicitation, which was posted without the awareness of ICE leadership, has been cancelled,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told the Washington Post in a statement. “While we continue to support a range of technologies to help meet our law enforcement mission, this solicitation will be reviewed to ensure the path forward appropriately meets our operational needs.”

The technology would have allowed law enforcement to scan the tags of every vehicle to collect data.

CBP Indefinitely Grounds Fleet of Drones After $12 Million Aircraft Crashes into Ocean

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CBP is grounding its remaining fleet of nine drones after one of them crashed off the Southern California coast because of mechanical problems, Reuters reports.

Monday’s crash was the second involving the agency’s drones since it began using them in 2006.

“While on patrol off the Southern California coast, the unmanned aircraft, a maritime variant of the Predator B, experienced a mechanical failure,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel said in a statement.

The $12 million aircraft crashed into the ocean about 20 miles southwest of San Diego on Monday night.

Since the agency doesn’t know what caused the crash, the rest of the fleet has been grounded while officials investigate.

“We want to determine the cause of this mechanical failure (and) that will help inform the decision on what the future holds for the fleet,” Friel said.

Authorities Search for Missing ICE Agent in Los Angeles Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Feds and local police launched a search Wednesday night for a missing ICE agent who didn’t turn up for work in southern California, The Los Angeles Times reports.

But authorities expressed some optimism late Wednesday that no foul play was involved. ICE released a statement shortly before 11 p.m., saying they believed the unidentified officer “was picked up by a fellow … employee after experiencing vehicle problems overnight on a local freeway.”

However, police “will continue to treat the this as a ‘missing persons’ case until the officer is actually contacted.”

The updates were posted on a LA Times report about the suspected disappearance.

Earlier in the day, ICE wrote in a press release, “A search is underway … for an officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and Removal Operations division who may be missing.”

CBP Employees Dodge Furloughs with Congressional Approval

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border workers won’t be forced to take furloughs this year as originally feared, Government Executive reports.

CBP employees, who initially faced 14 furlough days in fiscal 2013, dodged the forced days off through appropriations approved by Congress.

It was good news for the more than 20,000 CBP workers who feared a cut in pay.

But union leaders cautioned against early celebrations.

“Sequestration, which is the underpinning for all manner of problems for federal agencies, is scheduled to continue until 2021,” Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement. “And even with the decision not to furlough employees, CBP remains particularly hard-hit by the sequester.”

Homeland Security Report: Customs and Border Protection Agencies Rife with Dysfunction

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is mired in internal dysfunction and turf battles and is unable to stem corruption within its ranks, according to an internal study, the TheDailyBeast.com reports.

The website says the agency, which has about 60,000 employees, has been unable to control its disciplinary system or a culture of acceptable corruption.

The study, which showed myriad problems, was completed by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a type of think tank for the Department of Homeland Security.

The Center for Investigative reporting reviewed the 80-page unclassified report, which chronicles problems from as far back as 2002, the theDailyBeast.com reported.

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New Outpost for Customs and Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico Is Stalled More Than a Year

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal officials botched the planning of a $15 million outpost in New Mexico for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents, leading to more than a year of delays, the Associated Press reports.

Customs and Border Patrol agents will continue to work out of trailers in Antelope Wells, where the outpost was expected to be completed around this time last year, according to the AP.

To blame is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which didn’t outfit the post with nearly enough power, the AP wrote.

The project languished for months even after the Corps realized more power was needed because the agency couldn’t decide how to fill out the proper paperwork get more electricity, the AP reported.

Customs and Border Protection Gets New Leader

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A new leader has been named to the nation’s largest uniformed federal law enforcement agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  reports the website AllGov.com.

David V. Aguilar has been named the head of  the agency. The move came after after Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nomination, Alan Bersin.

Aguilar has worked on the border for 33 years, according to the news report. As of January 1, 2012, Aguilar now commands more than 20,000 border enforcement officials.

Aguilar joined the Border Patrol in June of 1978, in Laredo, Texas. He was a first line supervisor and then Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge in Laredo. From 1988 to 1996 Aguilar was a Patrol Agent in Charge for three Border Patrol Stations in Texas: Dallas, Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville. He continued moving upward in Texas and Arizona after that.

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