Homeland Security Advisory Council: Southwest Border Task Force Recommendations   [open pdf - 566KB]

"The Southwest Border Task Force (SWBTF) was chartered to provide the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) with recommendations to address issues facing the Southwest border. The Task Force convened in Albuquerque, NM in June 2009 and in El Paso, TX in August 2009, interspersed with conference calls, to address two important border issues. Led by Chairman Judge William Webster and Vice Chairs Ambassador Jim Jones and Sheriff Lupe Trevino, the Task Force divided the issues into two categories: commerce and border violence. Led by Ambassador Jones, the Commerce Subgroup developed a wide array of recommendations on how to maintain, increase, and ease the flow of commerce across the Southwest border. They call for the standardization of practices and technology at all ports of entry (POE); the creation of a 'best practices' team to study both the Mexican and Canadian borders; enhancing the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism; improving infrastructure and technology at POE; reviewing the Presidential permitting process; increasing funding for, and the hiring of, more Customs and Border Protection Officers at POE; and adopting Environmental Protection Agency requirements for drayage trucks. Sheriff Trevino and the Border Violence Subgroup members focused on recommendations to decrease border violence."

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