Audit Shows Custom Agents Fail in Enforcing Document Requirements at Port of Entry's

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Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 9:51am

A Homeland Security official gives U.S. Customs agents a bad grade after eight months of inspection and as Joangel Concepcion explains the agents may not be the ones to blame.

After 911 the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative was created to prevent terrorism and strengthen U.S. border security. The initiative requires travelers to present a passport or proof of citizenship for entry into the country, but according to an 8 month long audit, conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol agents are not enforcing the document requirements at several Texas ports of entry, the inspectors final grade, an F.

Monica Weisberg Stewart is a chairwoman for the Texas Border Coalition Immigration and Border Security Committee and calls the grade a failure, a threat to the nation's security and the U.S. Border Patrol agents aren't to blame. Stewart says one of the reasons why it's hard for agents to carry out the police is that the port of entry's aren't well equipped and there's no space for agents to screen.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Protection refused to comment on the audit and Stewart says she hopes the agents will be given better tools to protect the border.

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