Need to take a break during the work day? You’re invited to join CIR members for an exclusive conference call with Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz, CIR’s homeland and border security reporters, on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

Becker and Schulz’s recent reporting, Crossing the Line, has uncovered shocking practices by the U.S. Border Patrol and surprising data about the individuals being caught at the U.S.-Mexico border. Check out all of their reporting for more information. Need more? Follow them on Twitter @AbeckerCIR and @GWSchulzCIR.

Don’t miss your chance to listen to Becker and Schulz discuss what really happens with our border security and surveillance when you double the size of a governmental agency like the Border Patrol (hint: It’s not what you would expect).


When: Thursday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m. PDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT

Meeting Wall:

U.S. number: 530-881-1212

U.S. toll-free number: 855-212-0212

Meeting ID: 710-741-070

Instructions: At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the meeting ID, followed by the pound key. To join the meeting online, click on the Meeting Wall link above, then press “Join.” On the next page, enter your name and email address, then press “Submit.” The system will guide you through the process of downloading the meeting dashboard to participate.

If you have questions you’d like to ask our reporters, please email us at We’ll try to get to as many as we can.

Rebecca Saar's background is in marketing, market research and organization development, both in the governmental and nonprofit sectors. She did a year of service in AmeriCorps VISTA in Marin County, focusing on capacity-building and program development. She has a degree in international studies-political science from UC San Diego, where she founded and led the Model United Nations. She also interned for governmental agencies, including the office of U.S Rep. Susan Davis of California and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service at the American Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.