Open Borders Partnership? Bratton-Bersin visit the scene of the crime
Arizona Daily Star -- April 29
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Commissioner getting aid on border security Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin is getting assistance on border-security issues from a veteran police chief with experience dealing with the mafia and street gangs.
William Bratton, former New York and Los Angeles police chief and vice chairman of the 2-year-old Homeland Security Advisory Council, visited Arizona's international border this week along with Bersin.
Bratton got a firsthand look at the busiest stretch of U.S.-Mexico border in his two-day visit, which included a helicopter ride and a roundtable talk with city and county law enforcement officials. He will be traveling with Bersin throughout the summer to familiarize himself with Southwest border.
He's been asked to help Bersin chart a course to expand on the progress of border security already made. Specifically, Bratton will assist with how to better gather, interpret and use intelligence, and how to continue to make the most of the cooperation with local law enforcement.
The goal is to have sufficient information to know when and where smuggling attempts are going to occur so agents aren't always reacting to events, Bratton said. What about Bratton? As LAPD Chief he once said that if you don't like the fact that police in California do not enforce immigration laws you should "leave the state." (Search this site for "Bratton" -- and get ready to become ill.)