The U.S. Border Patrol is the federal police agency tasked with securing the nation's borders by detecting and preventing illegal aliens and terrorists from entering the U.S., and preventing the illegal trafficking of people and narcotics.
A Breitbart video shows men working for Los Zetas, a large Mexican drug cartel, patrolling the streets of the Texas border town of Rio Bravo. The conclusion that the U.S. Border Patrol stands at the front line of national defense is reasonably drawn from this episode.
The Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol has discovered its 124th cross-border tunnel, starting from 1990. It was discovered beneath the streets of Nogales, Arizona. Judging from its construction, it was probably dug by drug traffickers.
A smuggler from Guatemala faces a life sentence after an illegal immigrant drowned in the Rio Grande in Laredo, Texas. The incident came to the attention of U.S. Border Patrol when they interviewed eye-witnesses who stated that the smuggler saw the man drowning and refused to help.
Operating out of Nogales, Arizona, the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol participated in a four-day cross-border operation to disrupt and dismantle a group of Mexican human and narcotics smugglers operating on both sides of the border.
With help from San Diego Fire & Rescue, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents rescued 20 people from a drainage pipe during unusually heavy rains. All were illegal aliens, 19 of them were from Mexico, and all 20 will be processed for entering the United States illegally.
Total apprehensions of known gang members by the U.S. Border Patrol have been following the pattern of illegal immigration at the southwest border. Approximately one of every thousand illegal aliens caught at the southwest border is recognized as a gang member.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will deploy counter-drone technology to defend the southern border against drones used by Mexican cartels and human smugglers. These drones can be used for reconnaissance or to transport narcotics across the border.
Autonomous drones are being developed for the Department of Homeland Security that would be used by the Border Patrol as a "force multiplier", operating from, tracking and returning to moving ground vehicles.
In testimony before a Senate committee, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan explained how Congressional refusal to fix immigration legislation is encouraging the trafficking of Mexican children to the United States.
On July 30, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, describing how his agency has been overwhelmed by the immigration crisis.