After the Trump administration went around Congress to take money from other accounts to fund border wall construction, Congress is taking additional care in the next funding bills to avoid further diversions.
Customs and border patrol (CBP) is back in the news and not in a good way. In particular, it as come to light that a group of agents and former agents had a facebook group where they mocked and made bad comments about migrants as well as some lawmakers. This is under investigation.
This is unfortunate and I hope CBP and the administration address the worst abuses and get ahead of this, rather than just counter-attacking those making the reports, such as this Fox article starts to do.
The border patrol is a large organization and needs support of the local communities where it operates. I expect the organization to have diversity with some inappropriate behavior – as well as folks that engage well with migrants. So I think it is both wrong to (1) tarnish the entire organization with these views and (2) have them not be addressed. We will see how this unfolds…
[unfortunately, I do see some parallels with police brutality conditions that came to light – where it became a flash point and way to rile up partisans on both extremes.]
This article describes some of the drownings and causes. Among them, the canal can be more treacherous than expected, the canal is isolated against the fence. More water is being released now after snowmelt is known.