April 25th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Up close with America's Border Patrol Chief

by Suzanne Kelly

Since 9/11, the task of securing the U.S. border has changed significantly. Today, the number one threat that Customs and Border Protection officials worry about is terrorism. That doesn't mean it's the only threat. The continuous problems associated with illegal immigration, human smuggling, drug smuggling and gun running remain the primary focus for border patrol agents.

In an exclusive interview with Security Clearance, Customs and Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher explains how new technologies honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan are being used on the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

See also the up close tour of border patrol security operations.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. TT

    It's U.S. Customs and Border PROTECTION and the U.S. Border Patrol....not a combination of both

    May 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  2. MIGUEL

    YOU HAVE A LIVING WITH TERROR SEGMENT, REALITY IS THAT LIVING WITH TERROR IS SEEING ALL THOSE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN THE SHADOWS AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO PLACE HARSHER ENFORCEMENT ON FAMILIES, BREAKING DOWN HOMES, LEAVING CHILDREN ALONE WHILE HE IS ENJOYING DINNER EATING THE VERY FOOD THAT WAS HAND PICKED BY AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT AND EVERYING ELSE HE ENJOYS.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Joseph

      Israel needs to be the focus here.

      We are facing destruction from Iran, but you still stuff burgers in your fat American faces…

      PUT BOOTS IN IRAN!!

      Have you forgotten what happened to us in WW2???

      If you Americans withdraw support, I’m quite sure my nation will take you down with us. The Jews are sick of taking shittt.

      Read the bible, the Jews are Chosen. You owe us your support.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • bob

        people like you just dont need help from the great America when you say things like "stuff your faces with burgers" and you don't desirve our help you ignorant fuck

        April 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • ,,,,,,,,,

        Hey Bob, ever wonder why the average American is 400lbs?

        April 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
      • Jeff

        The reporter's credibility goes down several notches when she cannot even get the agency's name right. Chief Fisher heads the Border Patrol, which is a subcomponent of CBP: Customs and Border Protection. They kept their green uniforms while legacy customs, legacy INS, and the former USDA port of entry officers went to customs blue.

        May 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Jorge

      The undocumented persons you speak of came to our country illegally and are breaking the law. They came here knowing they may have to go home if caught. It is their Irresponsibility that would break up there family. It is not only our right as a nation to defend our borders and enforce our laws its our responsibility. Without secure borders we have no way to know who is coming to our country. Trust me when I tell you they are not all just coming to work. Look at the facts not just what the news spoon feeds you.

      April 30, 2012 at 3:28 am | Reply
    • Dan

      Miguel, we're talking about border security and the protection of our country here; not of illegal aliens but all who attempt to enter illegaly. I think you need to do a little more reading in regards to what Obama's policy is doing for illegal aliens already living in the United States. They're pretty much getting a break, when they would normally be removed from the US. And for those that have been watching the video on the tased illegal. watch it wih the volume off and go by what your eyes see and not what the media spoon feeds you; as Jorge says.
      Anastacio was a person that used drugs, stole from stores to me that constitutes being a criminal alien. He wasn't beat down by everyone there as the reporter would like you to believe. he was tased for being actively non-compliant. It is sad that he died. Look also at those that were there, CBP Officers and Border Patrol agents. The CBP officers are in the darker uniforms. Look closer at who does the tasing. Not BPAs. USBP shouldn't be getting a rash from this...

      May 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  3. michaelfury

    You lost me after "Since 9/11", Ms. Kelly.

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/truth-crushed-to-earth-shall-rise/

    April 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • Reader

      Wow, guess you have a pretty short attention span.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
  4. FAST & FURIOUS GUN RUNNING

    first line of defence , but when the justice department undermines that which results in the death DEATH OF A USA AGENT things are very wrong .

    CHECK OUT COVERT OP ,,,,,,,FAST & FURIOUS

    April 25, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply

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