4 of 11 Border Patrol forward bases found ‘not operational’; issues at all of them

4 of 11 Border Patrol forward bases found ‘not operational’; issues at all of them
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[Ed. – There’s no talking around this one.  It means the border is not being watched or properly guarded.  Period.  Don’t even think about criticizing the people for wanting a wall, while this goes unfixed.]

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (IG) shows that 4 of 11 Forward Operating Bases of the Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) along the southwest border are “not operational”; at several other bases the security cameras do not work, the security gates do not meet standards, and providing safe drinking water for the officers is a recurring problem. …

Another FOB did “not have a functioning closed circuit television (CCTV) security camera system,” even though it is mandated under CBP rules as defined in the Office of Internal Affairs (IA) handbook. …

The Tucson Sector requested in January 13 that the security camera system be repaired.  Another work order was submitted 19 months later, in August 2014, because the cameras “were still inoperable,” said the IG.

The repair was than marked closed in October 2014, but as the IG found, as of its April 2015 visit, “the security cameras had not been fixed.”

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