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[12 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Among its 2008 accomplishments, DHS reported that:

Increased Border Law Enforcement Officers and Fencing: CBP increased the size of its work force last year from 46,473 to 51,533 by adding officers, agents and agriculture specialists. CBP has doubled the size of the Border Patrol from approximately 9,000 in 2001 to more than 18,000 as of Nov. 21, 2008. CBP has constructed more than 520 miles of vehicle and pedestrian fencing, including approximately 93 miles in Fiscal Year 2008 (FY 08), building toward a total of roughly 670 miles of fencing along …

Detention, Enforcement »

[19 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]
Border Patrol called in to quell riot at Geo-run facility in Pecos, Texas

There was an uprising at the GEO-run facility Reeves County Detention Center, a medium security prison housing mainly inmates detained for immigration law violations, in Pecos, Texas.
The riot, which involved 1300 prisoners, ended last Saturday after detainees released two prison employees who were held as hostages.
It began when rioting prisoners ignited a fire in one of the facilities’ recreational buildings and were evacuated to an outdoor containment area (the yard). The rioting prisoners took two recreation workers hostage and held them prisoner in the yard, reported the U.S. Customs and Border …

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[18 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]
Congress may be grumbling about border fence goal, patrol agents up

The $2.7 billion border fence that is suppose to stretch some 700 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border has been a point of contention since funding for it was passed by Congress with the Secure Fence Act of 2006. The entire border is about 1,951 miles.
The Customs and Border Patrol who oversees its construction hopes to end the calendar year with its goal at 670 miles of fence, although the fence isn’t continuous in some areas, Border Patrol Asst. Chief Lloyd Easterling told CNSNews.com.
However, some lawmakers may not be happy with …