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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Border Patrol Citizens Academy Graduation

The U.S. Border Patrol is an agency of the Federal Government that actually has a Constitutional mandate.

Recently a few of us from the Eureka area were priviledged, (after a short background check) to attend a series of five Monday night classes with a curriculum aimed at increasing our awareness of the job the Border Patrol agents in this area do, and what they are up against. It was very enlightening to say the least.

Here are some pictures of the class and our graduation and the Certificate of Graduation we all received, with some comments below the photos.

For me this was an overall positive experience in that we asked lots of questions and got the right answers.
The best session for me was the explanation given by Brian Phillips of the Constitutional and Statutory Authority for what the Border Patrol does. The Border Patrol is one of the few agencies that actually has a job to do that is outlined in the US Constitution, to secure our borders, and it seems these fine agents take that oath they took to uphold and defend that Constitution very seriously. In fact I was pleased to find all the agents present on the same page about protecting our borders from almost any threat, and I have placed the Oathkeepers video and brochure in their hands, and asked them for their review and comments.

I have also given one of the supervisors a copy of the article from Dr. Edwin Vieira entitled "Going to the Roots of the Problem" and asked for his comments, which he said he would give me.
To see why this is so important to our security you need to read that 4 part article here:

To see what the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has in mind for their new communications plan please review this presentation made recently in DC.

We were able to see their weapons, and some of their tools like night vision, both analog and infrared, and Brian Schatzel brought his canine friend Jack to show us how he finds drugs.

One thing I can see is that these guys are spread way too thin. On the entire northern border from coast to coast there are only 2200 agents, compared to the southern border where there are over 18,000 agents.
It was made clear from the statutory authority that the agents can "deputize" almost anyone they want if things get dicey. I suggested that the service start some classes to teach private citizens what to look for and then provide some frequencies where we could report those events if we might see something suspicious like illegals crossing the border, perhaps with drugs or whatever.  At the graduation the Chief, Gloria Chavez commented that "we should keep coming up with those kinds of good ideas", and thanked us for our enthusiastic participation.

Overall I think we created a good relationship with the local agents that was not there before, and I am looking forward to working with them in any way I can to increase the safety and secuity of our end of the county.  Thanks to all of them for taking the time to answer our questions, and consider our ideas.
Paul Stramer

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