PROPOSAL FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION
ENFORCEMENT AND REFORM
National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
April 25, 2011
On April 15, 2011, The National Association of Former Border Patrol
Officers (NAFBPO) testified before a joint Congressional committee
hearing of The Natural Resources Committee and The Government
Oversight Committee in Washington, D.C.
Below is one of the written submissions from the Congressional Record.
Friday, April 22, 2011, The Chief of the Border Patrol from
Washington DC Michael Fischer and The Chief of the Tucson Sector of
the Border Patrol Randy Hill were in Cochise County apparently
attempting to quell any further release of information concerning
Customs and Border Protection intentionally reporting false
statistics about aliens that have gotten away and agents being
ordered to not work certain high traffic areas of the U.S. Mexico
border. The information is widely reported by agents in the field
and generally accepted as true.
Additionally, this week Commissioner Bersin from Customs and Border
Protection is reportedly coming to visit Tucson. One has to wonder
if the purpose of the visit could be to further deny that his
organization is intentionally reporting false information to Congress
and advising agents to not work certain high traffic areas along the
U.S. Mexico border, specifically some areas in Cochise County
Arizona. If true, both issues allow illegal aliens to enter the
United States unnoticed and further compromise National Security and
NAFBPO consistently hears from current agents that they are
instructed to stay out of the Whetstone and Chiricahua corridors.
Moreover, The Huachuca Mountains are home to the U.S. Army Top Secret
Intelligence School. We are hearing from agents that they are being
told to not pursue illegal aliens passing through the Huachuca
Mountains. Lack of agent access to federal public lands, Miller Peak
Wilderness, is likely part of the problem.
Similarly, according to agents and residents in the areas east of
Douglas, Arizona, particularly Guadalupe Canyon, agents do not have
even marginal Border Patrol Radio coverage and have not had reliable
radio coverage for years. This being the case, CBP knowingly
prevents effective Border Patrol Operations in that area by not
providing 100% reliable operational radio coverage. Sure, MOU or
not, is this another case where federal public lands restrictions
create problems concerning law enforcement access and trump National
Security and Public Safety issues?
As for reporting false information about alien got-a-ways. Agents
also tell NAFBPO that they are instructed, in essence, not to report
any got-a-ways. Aliens are either apprehended or turned back south
(TBS). To illustrate how this works…let's say an infrared camera
operator observes a group of 30 aliens walking around the Border
Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 90 north of Huachuca City. He calls in
mobile agents that apprehend 7 of the 30 aliens. According to
outstanding instructions he is supposed to report 7 apprehensions and
23 TBS or turned back south. The truth is, those were 23 got-a-ways
that continued their journey into the United States. This is called
cooking the books because those 23 obviously did not return to Mexico
and the reporting officer knows it.
The further truth is that Customs and Border Protection should know
that at several stations in the Tucson Sector, on an average good
day, they apprehend no more than ten percent of what is coming
through and on a bad day less than five percent of what is coming
through. Certainly not what is presently claimed.
Ask Commissioner Bersin the hard questions. Americans demand to know