Agents tell panel it will take more than a wall to fully secure border

Agents tell panel it will take more than a wall to fully secure border

By Ariana Bustos / Cronkite News WASHINGTON – Frontline border agents told a House panel Tuesday that a wall is just one thing needed to secure the border, saying they also need better technology, more officers and better incentives to attract and keep agents. The officials from the unions representing Border Patrol and Customs and Border […]

Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

By Andrea Jaramillo Valencia / Cronkite News From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico to a supermarket store in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border where the process gets delayed the most […]

Elbit’s Border Security System to be Deployed on the US-Mexico Border

Elbit’s Border Security System to be Deployed on the US-Mexico Border

Photo courtesy of Elbit Systems An Elbit Systems of America Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) border security system passed US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) systems acceptance testing. This IFT system, located in the Douglas, Arizona Area of Responsibility (AOR), marks the company’s second successful deployment of the system, with the first occurring in the Nogales, […]

Kelly vows to get local input as feds seek way to close southern border

Kelly vows to get local input as feds seek way to close southern border

By Andres Guerra Luz / Cronkite News Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a House panel Tuesday that a wall will help close the “gaping wound” of the U.S-Mexico border, but that he will rely on local authorities to tell his department where and how to close the border. Kelly told the House Homeland Security Committee […]

McSally introduces two bills to stop terror attacks

McSally introduces two bills to stop terror attacks

By SoAzNewsX Rep. Martha McSally yesterday introduced two bills, the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act and the DHS Support for Fusion Centers Act, to better prepare local communities against terrorist attacks. The bills’ introduction came one day ahead of the Corporate Security Symposium, a daylong event that was held in Tucson for local business representatives to […]

McSally leads hearing on border security strategy

McSally leads hearing on border security strategy

By SoAzNewsX Rep. Martha McSally this week questioned Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan on his agency’s strategy to secure the border at a hearing that featured testimony from Southern Arizona residents. Witnesses testified on the consequences of the Border Patrol’s “defense-in-depth” strategy that creates a public safety threat for Southern Arizonans. “In Tucson, 48% of the […]

Fear and fundraising in AZ01

Fear and fundraising in AZ01

From Sonoran Alliance Elected law enforcement officials are in the precarious position of approaching their job from either a half-empty or a half-full position. As we’ve seen from many a sheriff, fear is a tremendous motivator when it comes to driving an agenda. Some sheriffs might cast their office as the object to be feared. Other sheriffs […]

McSally calls for new assessment of southern border threats

McSally calls for new assessment of southern border threats

By SoAzNewsX U.S. Rep. Martha McSally today introduced legislation to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a full analysis of the current and potential threats along our nation’s southern border. The last complete mile-by-mile assessment conducted by DHS was in 1993, over two decades ago. “The threats along our border have shifted […]

Sen. John McCain calls for increased southern Arizona border security

Sen. John McCain calls for increased southern Arizona border security

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) last week underscored the urgent need to enhance security on the southern Arizona border at a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee mark-up, during which the Committee voted to pass his bill, the Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act. This legislation would enable […]