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.
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.
On June 20, 2019, U.S. Border Patrol chief Carla Provost testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security on the importance of assistance provided to U.S. Border Patrol by deployments from the Department of Defense to the southern border.