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Tag: Laredo Section

‘Not Necessary:” CBP Cancels Two Border Wall Contracts in Laredo Section

Construction of a border wall under the Trump administration, via CBP.

By Steve Neavling

U.S. Customs and Border Protection terminated two border wall contracts in the Laredo Sector, arguing the roughly 31 miles of barriers are “not necessary to address any life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements.”

Homeland Security made the announcement Friday and said it is reviewing other unfinished or yet-to-be-started wall projects.

In addition, the Biden administration is calling on Congress to terminate any remaining border wall funding in favor of “smarter border security measures, like border technology and modernization of land ports of entry, that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border.”

The 31 miles of walls are the first to be canceled under the Biden administration. No land had been acquired for those projects. 

On June 11, Homeland Security released the agency’s plan for using funds previously allocated for border walls.

New Border Patrol Leader of Laredo Section Officially Takes Helm

laredo-mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Laredo Section of the Border Patrol officially has a new leader.

The Laredo Morning News reports that Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez was sworn in during a special ceremony.

Martinez, a 26-year veteran of the agency, will oversee a 171-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and 1,800 agents and support staff.

“I am honored to lead the men and women of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol. I look forward to working with our law enforcement partners to integrate operations that are beneficial to the community in which we serve,” Martinez said.

Martinez most recently worked at the Detroit Sector, where he was the chief patrol agent.

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