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Australian Border Force Becomes Front Line Agency Leading Operation Sovereign Borders

On 1 July 2015, the functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service were integrated into a new Department. The Australian Border Force was established as the new front-line operational agency within the Department reflecting a greater focus on the border as a strategic national asset.  The integrated arrangements build on recent border protection reforms and the long history of the two organisations working closely together.

Roman Quaedvlieg was sworn in to his new role at a Parliament House ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday along with deputies and assistant commissioners.

Mr Quaedvlieg said he has unwavering confidence in his team as they undertake their mission to counter those ‘who would seek to exploit our prosperity and wealth for criminal gain’.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailed the ceremony as a historic day, saying the agency ushered in a new era of disciplined service.

Read more on Border.gov.au.

Source: www.border.gov.au

U.S. Border Patrol Helicopter Hit By Gunfire Near Mexican Border

On June 5, 2015, at approximately 5:00pm during an operational flight near the Rio Grande River in Laredo, Texas, a US Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) helicopter was struck several times by ground fire. The rounds penetrated and damaged the aircraft, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. The pilot sustained no injuries and no individuals on the ground were affected.

USCBP, FBI, Texas Rangers, Homeland Security Investigations and Laredo Police Department responded to the scene. The FBI has initiated an investigation and will continue processing the crime scene with the Texas Rangers.

Read more on Yahoo News and Breitbart Texas.

Source: www.breitbart.com

Possible Human Trafficking Cartel Member Arrested Then Deported the Next Day

Last month, a special Border Patrol team quietly arrested a 47-year-old Mexican national in Pharr.

Investigators thought he had links to a human smuggling operation and possibly belonged to a Mexican drug cartel.

Instead of holding the man for processing and possible prosecution, the federal government deported him the next day.

Agents with the McAllen Border Patrol Joint Targeting Team arrested the man on March 3, according to an affidavit written by a Hidalgo County deputy constable.


Source: www.valleycentral.com