America’s Corrupt Back Door

Cleared for public release by USARCENT PAO, MAJ Renee Russo.  For additional information, contact MCC Anthony C. Casullo at anthony.casullo@me.navy.mil or DSN 318-439-6250 or COM 011-973-1785-6250A report finds new initiatives have weakened border integrity.

by Joseph J. Kolb

In the past six years, more than 17,000 new border-control agents were hired in the United States, the majority of them stationed along the U.S.-Mexico border. The post-9/11 culture of border security has created a rush for increased protection. This swift response, however, may have opened up more security holes than it plugged.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) serves as the first line of defense on the ground for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In light of the rash of complaints and prosecuted cases, a recent government report has raised concern among officials both within the agency and the federal government that CBP’s efforts have …

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