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New Border Patrol chief faces uphill battle to reform agency

As the first outsider appointed to run the Border Patrol in its 92-year history, former FBI official Mark Morgan starts his new job this week as chief with a target on his back. The selection of the career FBI official to run the 20,000-strong force sends a clear message: BP has a culture problem that needs to be fixed.... Read more»

Border agency accused of political maneuvering after pulling report

Most of the people the U.S. Border Patrol stopped from sneaking into the country last year were from countries other than Mexico, according to agency statistics, a startling shift that might have provided fodder for politicians leading up to Tuesday’s election. But they didn’t get much of a chance, as the results were taken down after five hours.... Read more»1

Fatal 2010 Border Patrol shooting comes under renewed scrutiny

After a Border Patrol agent in 2010 fatally shot a fleeing teenage drug smuggler twice in the back, a review deemed the shooting death justified. But now that conclusion has been called into question by law enforcement officials, some of whom suspect that the agent was coached on his version of events by an internal affairs investigator.... Read more»

Sister of CBP Az head pleads guilty to human smuggling

The sister of the top-ranking U.S. Customs and Border Protection official in Arizona pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling an immigrant through a Border Patrol checkpoint near Tucson in the car she was driving, her defense attorney said.... Read more»

Video: Busted in Texas

As Congress looks to significantly boost funding for the U.S. Border Patrol as part of a new immigration bill, we investigated the impact of the police buildup at a West Texas checkpoint. The Sierra Blanca checkpoint along Interstate 10 was set up to catch major traffickers and immigrants who entered the country illegally. But the checkpoint now busts thousands of unsuspecting Americans a year for low-level drug possession – including some famous musicians.... Read more»

New drone radar reveals Border Patrol 'gotaways' in high numbers

The Border Patrol has caught a fraction of the border crossers spotted by a sophisticated sensor mounted on unmanned spy aircraft and flown over remote stretches of desert, casting doubts on claims that the area is more secure than ever.... Read more»

Doubts about polygraphs don’t stop federal agencies from using them

Customs and Border Protection is one of 17 federal agencies that use polygraphs to screen prospective employees. Polygraph opponents say the exam is as reliable as flipping a coin to determine whether someone is lying. Examiners, in turn, say the polygraph is a tool used to extract all-important “admissions.”... Read more»2

During polygraphs, border agency applicants admit to rape, kidnapping

One admitted to kidnapping and ransoming hostages in the Ivory Coast. Others said they had molested children or committed rape. And one, as he prepared for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, contemplated assassinating President Obama. These are among the thousands of applicants who have sought jobs in recent years with the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Four of five Border Patrol drug busts involve U.S. citizens

The public's view of a typical Mexican drug smuggler might not include U.S. Naval Academy grad Todd Britton-Harr, who was caught at a Border Patrol checkpoint in south Texas in December 2010 hauling a trailer with 1,100 pounds of marijuana. It turns out that the Border Patrol catches more American citizens with drugs than it does Mexican couriers.... Read more»1

Obama, Dems dominate GOP in April fundraising

The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee outraised Romney and the Republican National Committee by a nearly 2-1 margin in April.... Read more»

Random Border Patrol deployment might aid enforcement

A little randomness in deploying Border Patrol agents might work best to prevent illegal border crossings, according to a study from the RAND Corp.... Read more»

Second former ICE worker pleads guilty in kickback scheme

A former intelligence specialist with Immigration and Customs Enforcement pleaded guilty last week to embezzling more than $50,000, the second agency employee recently convicted in an unfolding travel voucher kickback scheme that stretches from Tucson to Washington.... Read more»1

New sex crime arises after Arpaio fails to investigate alleged rape

While admitting that it mishandled more than 400 investigations into rapes and sexual assaults, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office claims its failures did not lead to additional crimes. But in the pile of ignored cases is the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl in 2006. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's detectives largely disregarded the case.... Read more»2