The government shutdown is taking a financial toll on border patrol agents required to report for duty as they are considered essential workers, but are not getting paid due to the logjam in Washington.
Many agents “live paycheck to paycheck,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Union.
The border patrol union is condemning the decision announced yesterday by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that video cameras will be tested to monitor agents to curb the use of excessive force.
Obama administration and Mexican government officials recently discussed creating up to a three-tier security system designed to protect Mexico’s southern border from drug and human traffickers, according to U.S. officials.
A new advanced radar system has uncovered gaps in security along the U.S. border with Mexico–and revealed that border patrol agents apprehended fewer than half of those who crossed the border illegally in Arizona.
Recently released Marine Jon Hammar was threatened with beheading while imprisoned in a Mexican prison, according to Military.com.
The Obama administration has stepped up its border enforcement efforts, seizing thousands of “potentially dangerous” hair dryers, the Washington Examiner reports.