Risk assessment must guide deployment of detectors, IG saysKeep Reading
Not just drugs, but people, money, and equipment all were grabbed in a massive bust conducted recently by the Department of Homeland Security. Across 19 states, 3,000 agents and officers took part in Project Coronado, an effort against the Mexican drug cartel La Familia. In the bust, hundreds of people were arrested and $3.4 million in currency and 11 tons of narcotics were confiscated. In his weekly interview with Federal News Radio, Homeland Security Today Editor David Silverberg discusses the sweep and why it is a major blow to the Mexican drug cartel.
There’s a showdown going on between Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa, Ariz., and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Arpaio—known as the toughest sheriff in America— has been drawing some fire from DHS over his crackdown on illegals. The controversial Phoenix sheriff has been stripped of some of his powers in what has been described as a political move by the Obama administration. In his weekly interview with Federal News Radio, Homeland Security Today Editor David Silverberg discusses how this situation is a manifestation of the failure to come to an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform.
Despite the paucity of reporting on the problem, the fundamentalist Muslim threat south of the border has been explored and documented.Keep Reading
Official talks about agency's challenges and successes along the Mexican border Keep Reading
In northern Mexico a largely overlooked but nonetheless brutal war is raging between ‘narco-terrorists’ and government authorities—and its violence threatens to spread to the United States.Keep Reading
Building a fence requires land on which to put the fence posts—and so does building a virtual fence, apparently.Keep Reading
The sands of southern California’s Imperial Dunes shift with the wind, sometimes so subtly that within a year seemingly trusted landmarks will vanish like they were never there. It was here that one Border Patrol agent’s life was wiped out, but his memory has hardly diminished among friends, family and colleagues who are now asking the question: Why was his killer set free?Keep Reading
DHS secretary spars with Democrats over border security progress Keep Reading
Despite management turmoil at the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) program and erroneous reports of its termination, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proceeded to make permanent the infrastructure at its prototype site, Project 28, at Sasabe, Ariz., marking a milestone in the program’s progress.
On Feb. 22, DHS conditionally accepted the “virtual fence” erected by Boeing Co., Chicago, Ill., despite elements that needed to be fixed, according to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.Keep Reading
The innocent-looking vehicle rolling down the street may not be what it seems...Keep Reading
The fiscal 2008 homeland security budget allots $2.7 billion to emergency spending on border security. It also provides about $1.2 billion to “customs and border protection fencing, infrastructure, and technology” under the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) program. The White House has requested another $2 billion for SBInet in fiscal 2009. Those funds remain available until spent.Keep Reading
Where once SBInet was supposed to be a simple, off-the-shelf solution to border violations, it has now entered the realm of riskier, cutting-edge technology. Can the new risk deliver the needed results? Keep Reading
HSToday’s Anthony Kimery gets a first-hand look at Israel’s hundreds of miles of fencing Keep Reading
Nowhere is the impact of new security measures being felt like on the border—whether it’s in the length of lines to go through border checkpoints or in the coffers of state treasuries. Keep Reading
To the Editor:
I am a captain with the Valley Regional Fire Authority in the Seattle area and veteran of 28 years in the fire service. Last year I attended a recertification class for a swiftwater rescue instructor endorsement in Golden, Colorado. In that class were two Border Patrol agents who were training so that they could rescue illegal immigrants who find themselves in life-threatening water emergencies. They were part of the Special Operations Division (as I am in the fire department) and extremely well trained and disciplined.Keep Reading
President George Bush’s border security plan, announced on May 15, provoked a range of responses in Mexico, but some common points became immediately apparent.Keep Reading
By Mickey McCarter, HSToday Senior Washington Correspondent
As the deadline for submitting proposals to serve as the prime contractor for the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approaches, the large-scale integrators in competition for the role are expressing optimism that DHS is on the right track with the program.Keep Reading
With urgency and political pressures growing, the question of securing US borders is moving up in Congress. The debate has led to some odd political alignments—and radically different solutions.Keep Reading
Usually reserved for natural disasters or other national calamities, the state of emergency declaration isn'ttaken lightly. So in August, when officials in two southwestern states threw up their hands in disgust and declared states of emergency to describe their states'immigration battles, allowing them to tap into disaster funding to fight theproblem, the nation took notice. The declarations freed up $1.5 million in funding for border counties in Arizona and $1.75 million in New Mexico.Keep Reading