CBP Responds to Fusion’s ‘Shots Across the Border’

Fusion reached out to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with questions surrounding our “Shots Across the Border” story.

Here’s how a CBP official responded:

Q. How many Mexicans have been killed by Border Patrol Agents in the last 5 years?

A. There have been 10 deaths as a result of use of force since January 2010.

Q. How many of these deaths occurred in Mexico?

A. Six

Q. What follow-up actions, if any, has CBP taken based on these incidents?

A. CBP is committed to ensuring that the use of force by our agents and officers, who put their lives on the line every day, is appropriate and consistent with applicable laws, agency standards and procedures.
After a thorough review, CBP has agreed with the spirit and concerns underlying all of the recommendations issued by the Office of Inspector General as well as the Police Executive Research Forum, a third-party which CBP commissioned to conduct an independent review of its use of force policies. In addition to these reports, CBP conducted its own internal review of its use of force policies. As a result, CBP has begun making enhancements, many of which are already in effect, to its use of force program and practices, including our policies, training, and review processes. As implementation of these enhancements continues, CBP will continue to evaluate the use of force program and practices to ensure the safety of our law enforcement personnel and the public with whom we interact.

Q. What is the CBP policy on the use of lethal force?

A. CBP law enforcement personnel are trained to use deadly force in circumstances that pose a threat to their lives (or serious bodily injury), the lives of their fellow law enforcement partners and innocent third parties.