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Union-backed Vitiello named as Border Patrol chief

A longtime border agent was tapped to lead the Border Patrol on Tuesday, with Ronald Vitiello's appointment announced in a CBP tweet. Vitiello had been backed by the union for BP agents, as the Trump administration is poised to add 5,000 to the agency's contingent of 25,000.... Read more»

Chief of Border Patrol leaving agency

Eight months after he was tapped to lead the U.S. Border Patrol, Mark Morgan is leaving the agency. Morgan's departure follows last week's retirement of R. Gil Kerlikowske, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»

National review board clears CBP in four new use-of-force incidents

A national review board has cleared U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers in four use-of-force incidents, including one that received wide coverage because of a cellphone recording and another that involved the shooting death of a Canadian man. ... Read more»

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»

CBP review clears Border Patrol in 4 deadly force incidents

Customs and Border Protection cleared four agents of wrongdoing in use-of-force incidents, including one near Nogales, two in Texas and the fourth off the coast of California. In two instances, people were killed, but CBP said that agents acted "in compliance" when they used deadly force.... Read more»

New Border Patrol chief is first agency outsider in nearly a century

Monday, CBP head R. Gil Kerlikowske announced that FBI veteran Mark Morgan would become the Chief of the Border Patrol. Morgan is the first head of U.S. Border Patrol to come from outside the agency in 92 years. ... Read more»

Use of force by BP agents declines, assaults on them drop

Even as the use of force by Border Patrol agents and customs officers falls under increasing scrutiny, the number of use-of-force incidents, and the number of assaults against agents have decreased since 2011. ... Read more»

Nogales marks two-year anniversary of teen's fatal shooting

On Friday, around 150 people marched in Nogales, Sonora, to mark the second anniversary of the death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, killed when he was shot by Border Patrol agents firing through the border fence on Oct. 10, 2012. ... Read more»

Border Patrol cuts overtime pay for agents

Belt-tightening made necessary by federal spending cuts, as well as pointed questions about the use of hours by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security have resulted in cuts to the overtime hours of agents working as supervisors or in administrative duties, even as reform legislation languishes in Congress. ... Read more»