Posted: May 8, 2012 4:33 PM
Updated: May 8, 2012 4:52 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Border Patrol is changing the way it does business. It's not a change we may see on the public level. The agency's latest strategy will be more intelligence-driven.
Agents will target what they are seeing as evolving threats. The old strategy relied on putting more widespread enforcement. Agents would stack heavily-trafficked corridors with agents. The goal was to push migrants to more remote areas where they would be easier to capture.
The Department of Homeland Security has come under a lot of heat from lawmakers. DHS admitted they had less than half of the U.S.-Mexico border under operational control.
U.S. Representative Michael McCaul said, "I think the thing that keeps me up the most is a weapons-grade uranium being smuggled from a place like Iran to Venezuela and then between the port of entry. A dirty bomb in a major city. To me, that is terrifying... and yet it's not far-fetched."
Right now, DHS has no way to measure the new strategy. Lawmakers want that changed. The new strategy isn't expected to be fully implemented until the beginning of next year.