Thursday, July 17, 2008

Operation Jump Start Ends Today

Operation Jump Start placing the National Guard along the Southern Borders to help the Border Patrol gain more control of our borders, officially ends today July 15, 2008. Critics of the plan of ending the operation are some of the same people that opposed the idea of sending the Guard to our borders in the first place. The governors along the Southern border states for the most part opposed the guards' mission in the beginning but now oppose President Bush's decision to end the mission 2 years later.

Their mission was not to enforce the immigration laws, but only to support the Border Patrol through surveillance and to help with infrastructure projects and construction of the border fence. The National Guard never were involved with apprehension, detention, or transporting detainees. Bush critics are saying there will be no personnel available to replace the National Guard and fear an increase in drug and human smuggling along our borders. This is not true,
the National Guard manpower along our borders reached 6,000 members after 2006. That number started to fall in Jan 2008. As more Border Patrol Agents completed their training and were assigned duty locations, the more the National Guard has been reduced. The mission of the California National Guard officially ended June 12, 2008. Since July 2007 over 3000 Border Patrol Agents have been added to the CBP. They are well on the way to meeting their goal of 6,000 new Agents by Dec 2008.

The National Guard has done an exceptional job in helping the Border Patrol along our borders. Only time will tell if the Border Patrol can pick up the slack left behind by withdrawing the Guard. With support of the American people the Border Patrol should be able to accomplish their mission.

The following are some of the Border Patrol's accomplishments for the 1st half of July 2008 for more info click on the highlighted story:

- July 16Trusted Traveler Busted for Larceny Warrant
- July 16Missing Juvenile From California Located by CBP in Washington State
- July 16Busy Weekend for CBP Officers, Find Narcotics on Three Commercial Buses - Also Apprehend Eight Wanted Persons and Process 235 Immigration Violations
- July 16Fugitive Apprehended by CBP Field Operations in Puerto Rico
- July 16Border Patrol Rescues Individual from Texas River
- July 16Border Patrol Hosts Del Rio Recruiting Event
- July 15Fugitive Apprehended After Arriving on Victoria Clipper Ferry
- July 14Suspected Fugitive Arrested at Pacific Highway Port of Entry
- July 14$3 Million in Narcotics Seized at the San Luis Port of Entry
- July 14CBP Agents Intercept Suspected Smuggling Boat on San Diego Beach
- July 14CBP Intercepts Cut Flowers Carrying Disease in Los Angeles
- July 14CBP Officers Arrest Three for Immigration Violations, Apprehend Fugitives This Weekend at Texas Port of Entry
- July 14CBP Officers Arrest ICE Fugitive in California
- July 14CBP Assists Pennsylvania State Police Secure Governors Conference
- July 14Border Patrol Agents Seize Bags of BC Bud in Washington State
- July 14Border Patrol Arrests Convicted Sexual Offenders and Burglar
- July 12U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers in New York Arrest Suspected Navy Deserter
- July 11Million Dollar Currency Seizure at Pacific Highway Port of Entry
- July 1113 Major Drug Seizures at Calexico Ports of Entry
- July 11Four-Day Federal Hiring Event in Four Kentucky Cities - Recruiters on a Mission to Increase Diversity with More Women and Minority Applicants
- July 10Hollowed Out Flat-Bed Trailer Floor Filled with Marijuana Seized by CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry
- July 10 Man Wanted by Canadian Authorities Apprehended by CBP Officers at San Ysidro Port
- July 10 CBP Agents Intercept Suspected Smuggling Boat Near San Diego Coast
- July 10CBP Charges More Than 1,000 Containers of Illegal Textile Shipments to China’s Quota Levels
- July 10$2.1 Million Heroin Seizure at Nogales Port of Entry
- July 10CBP to Support National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center
- July 09U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Host Imperial Valley Hiring Event - Nation’s Border Agency Hopes to Fill 130 Vacancies in San Diego/Imperial Counties
- July 09$400K in Marijuana Seized by CBP Officers at the Douglas Port of Entry
- July 08Deserter Arrested by CBP at Sweetgrass Port of Entry
- July 08St. Thomas Field Operations Coordinates Apprehension of Fugitive
- July 08Field Operations Ensures Fugitives Crossing the Borders are Apprehended
- July 07CBP Joint Marine Enforcement Operation Leads to Federal Arrests
- July 07Temporary Increase in International Bridge Crossing Times Expected in El Paso
- July 07CBP Officers Find a Ton of Marijuana Hidden in Empty Cargo Truck - 2,017 Pounds Seized by CBP Officers at Otay Mesa Port
- July 07SENTRI/Dedicated Commuter Lane Member Violates Crossing Privileges
- July 07CBP Officers at El Paso Port of Entry Nab Washington State Homicide Suspect
- July 07Border Patrol Brings Federal Job Opportunities to Des Moines - New Agents Launch Careers in Arizona, California, New Mexico or Texas
- July 07Federal Recruiters Bring Job Opportunities to Bloomington - New U.S. Border Patrol Agents to Launch Careers in Arizona, California, New Mexico or Texas
- July 04Border Patrol Explorers Graduate
- July 03El Paso Agriculture Inspections Uncover Untreated Wood Packing Materials, Pests, and Other Violations
- July 03$200,000 in Narcotics Seized at the San Luis Port of Entry
- July 03FAST Participant Arrested for Alleged Narcotics Smuggling
- July 03CBP Arrests Fugitive Arriving On Mayag├╝ez Ferry
- July 03Three-Day Federal Hiring Event at Indiana Black Expo - Recruiters Continue Diversity Mission to Increase Women and Minority Applicants
- July 03Arizona Border Patrol Agents Apprehend 27 Undocumented Aliens
- July 03Yuma Sector Agents Seize Nearly 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana
- July 03Border Patrol Thwarts Unusual Smuggling Effort - Agents discover 379 pounds of marijuana in man-made holes
- July 03Border Patrol Prevents Two North County California Smuggling Attempts
- July 03Vermont Border Patrol Experience Change of Command - Chief Patrol Agent Daniel B. Doty takes command of the Swanton Sector
- July 02CBP Los Angeles Provides Travel Tips for Busy Summer Season
- July 02Cocaine, Marijuana Discovered on Air Jamaica Flight to Philadelphia
- July 01CBP Advises Travelers in New York to Prepare for the Busy Holiday Weekend
- July 01Border Patrol in Washington State Assists RCMP - Agents disrupt drug smugglers along U.S./Canadian border
- July 01Philadelphia CBP Agriculture Specialists Intercept Record Number of Pests on Fruit Shipments
- July 01CBP Officers Deliver Baby at El Paso Border Crossing
- July 01CBP’s 2008 Summer Travel Awareness Campaign in Puerto Rico
- July 01CBP Announces New Features to Frequent Traveler Program At San Ysidro, Calif. Port of Entry
- July 01CBP Atlanta Provides Travel Tips for Busy Summer Season

If anyone is interested CBP is continually recruiting, more info can be found at CBP Careers

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