Border Security Task ForceSouthern New Mexico Texas Brokers & Forwarders Conference September 25, 2008
Southern New Mexico Border Security Task Forced Goals: • Identify problems and vulnerabilities. • Recommend Solutions • Develop and issue paper that clearly identifies both problems and solutions existing along the Southwest New Mexico border that can be addressed through local, state and federal action. • Continue to meet as needed as needed to follow through on proposed action items, identify new problems in border security and monitor effectiveness of the implementation of the recommendations.
Southern New Mexico Border Security Task Forced Background: April 3, 2004 a Formal proposal by the Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman, the New Mexico Border Authority and the Deming Border Patrol Station, to form the “Southern New Mexico Border Security Task Force”, BSTF. The BSTF was formed as a result of concerns raised by local residents in the Border area regarding security issues and crimes on their property associated with drug smuggling and undocumented immigrants crossing.
New Mexico - Chihuahua Arizona Texas Border with Mexico: 293 Km/ 182 Miles
Private Citizens Congressional Offices Custom Brokers Federal Agencies Private Businesses Cities and Counties Universities Newspapers Police Departments Department of Defense Officials from Mexico State of New Mexico National Laboratories Sheriff Departments Participating Organizations
PrivateCitizens Ranchers, Farmers Land Owners KBOTYJ Amateur Radio Congressional Offices Senator Jeff Bingaman Senator Pete V. Domenici Custom Brokers Abaco Federal Agencies FBI DEA BLM US Marshals Service US Border Patrol US Bureau of Customs Protection (CBP) US Attorney Private Businesses ZIA Connection Continuous Solutions I-Notification.net Valley Telephone Cooperative Participating Organizations
Cities and Counties City of Lordsburg City of Las Cruces, City of Deming City of Sunland Park Luna County and Manager’s Office Village of Columbus Hidalgo County Commission Dona Ana County Hazmat Team DAC/CLL DEM LC SAR Deming Universities NMSU/PSL New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Newspapers Deming Headlight Police Departments Columbus Police Department New Mexico State Police Sunland Park Police Dept. Department of Defense U.S. Air Force U.S. Army Joint Task Force 6 New Mexico National Guard State of New Mexico Governor’s Office New Mexico Border Authority Participating Organizations
Officials from Mexico Aduana México Instituto Nacional de Inmigración Grupo Beta Tesorero Municipal de Janos Presidencia Municipal de Janos Policía Federal de Caminos Policía Municipal Janos Seguridad Pública Puerto Palomas National Laboratories Sandia National Lab. Los Alamos Sheriff Departments Luna County Dona Ana County Hidalgo County Grant County Participating Organizations
Subgroups were formed to identify problems • Communications • Barrier and Surveillance • US/Mexico Cooperation / Agency coordination • Training and Education • Emergency Preparedness and Public Health • Staffing
Border Security Task Force Best results generated by: • Communications among agencies. Local, State and Federal • Communications among Counties Dona Ana, Hidalgo and Luna • Communications between the two Countries
Southern New Mexico Border Security Task Force Special thanks to the Support from Senator Jeff Bingaman and his fantastic Staff, and to the Border Patrol (Deming, NM)