U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is prepared to consider the proposal to place cameras on all Border Patrol agents with the aim of preventing or elucidating violent incidents, an activist with the Southern Border Communities Coalition said Tuesday.
At a meeting at the Department of Homeland Security, Johnson said that first it must be determined what kind of equipment would work with agents both in areas with high temperatures and during the night, Juanita Molina said.
“They are still waiting to see the technology that can be used,” she told Efe. “The suggestion that had been made before, now is being (used by police) in Seattle (and) in San Diego. And they (DHS) are looking at how to use it.”
Andrea Guerrero, one of the directors of the SBCC, said that Johnson has the ability to order this measure without needing for it to be approved by Congress.
The Border Patrol in March issued a series of regulations to clarify its policies about the use of lethal force against people who are trying to cross the border illegally.
The policy revisions came after a report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum that examined 67 incidents between agents and undocumented migrants that resulted in 19 deaths.