As Congress looks to significantly boost funding for the U.S. Border Patrol as part of a new immigration bill, we investigate the impact of the police buildup at a West Texas checkpoint. The Sierra Blanca checkpoint along Interstate 10 was set up to catch major traffickers and immigrants who entered the country illegally. But the […]
An enforcement scorecard greets motorists at the U.S. Border Patrol’s Falfurrias, Texas, checkpoint. Local authorities in Brooks County say they can no longer afford to prosecute checkpoint drug cases that the federal government declines to take.G.W. Schulz/The Center for Investigative Reporting The Border Patrol makes its presence known in Falfurrias, Texas. The Rio Grande Valley […]
Rusty Fleming, spokesman for the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office in Sierra Blanca, Texas, stands in an evidence room where bundles of marijuana seized at the nearby U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint fill the entire building with the smell of pot.G.W. Schulz/The Center for Investigative Reporting SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – As they walk through the front door, […]
Produced by La Toya Tooles and Kerri Connolly NOGALES, Mexico – Men and women recently deported from the United States often sleep here at night among the dead in a pebble-strewn graveyard, a hillside resting place, where winding, dusty trails bisect stone markers decorated with candles, flowers and personal mementos. But Franklin Alexander Ordonez Ordonez, […]
This photo illustration is based on James Greer’s patent application for technology that could detect objects, including stealth aircraft. He lived under a secrecy order for eight years.Jaena Rae Cabrera/Center for Investigative Reporting More than 10 years ago, Robert Gold sought to do what many Americans have dreamed of their whole lives: patent an idea. […]
Mugshots of people arrested in remote Hudspeth County, Texas, where the Big Bend Sector’s Sierra Blanca checkpoint sits. County Sheriff Arvin West said the Border Patrol has enhanced security by increasing agents and drug-detecting dogs at checkpoints to catch more contraband.Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office The public’s view of a typical Mexican drug smuggler might not […]
Since 9/11, Customs and Border Protection has grown into the largest law enforcement agency in the country. With immigration reform now at the top of the agenda for Congress and President Barack Obama, understanding the agency is more important than ever. Here’s how this vast organization works.
After being found with 25 pounds of cocaine in his car in January 2011, Alan Enrique Tirado, a U.S. citizen living in Sonora, Mexico, told investigators that he was to be paid ,000 to drive drugs to Phoenix.Yuma County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s Office Below are portraits of some of the U.S. citizens caught by the Border […]
A video released in November by Alabama homeland security officials joins a genre of slickly produced online movies that the next generation of Americans will grow to remember. Now, however, the videos teach citizens how to spot terrorists and respond to active shooters.
The 621st Contingency Response Wing/Flickr An estimated 1 in 4 jobs in San Diego County are tied to the military sector, and $32 billion in defense-related activities is linked to that area alone, more than the entire economic output of Panama. So what happens if tens of billions of dollars in defense spending is […]