Vietnam veteran drives from New Mexico to El Paso to pay his respects

Glen Blasdel, 83, standing alone, was one of the first people standing in line on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, to pay respects to Margie Reckard, 63, who was killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Tex., earlier this month.

How Border Patrol Agents Are Trained

In April, as the crisis at the US-Mexico border began to reach a fever pitch, Senior Video Correspondent Graham Flanagan spent four days inside the United States Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

Before they serve in the Border Patrol, trainees must graduate from the Academy’s six-month basic training program.

While a majority of the training is focused on law enforcement operations, the Academy also emphasizes instruction in the Spanish language in order to enhance communication between agents and the people they encounter in the field.

The agency has been the focus of intense scrutiny in recent months due to revelations about reportedly squalid conditions at Border Patrol-run detention centers where migrants, including children, wait to be processed and released.

During our time at the Academy, we did not see any training — other than Spanish instruction — that was specifically designed to prepare the trainees to work in the detention centers or to care for migrant children.

This begged the question: is the training that occurs at the Academy adequately preparing the trainees for what awaits them in the field? In a statement to Business Insider, a United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson said that, “The Border Patrol Academy does not conduct training related to detention officer duties… Once a trainee graduates and arrives at their station, depending on their geographical location, it now becomes the duty and responsibility of their station to further train the new agent on local policies and procedures.”

In regards to how trainees are instructed to work with children, the CBP spokesperson told Business Insider that “The Border Patrol Academy trains and teaches agents about policies and regulations related to the Flores vs. Reno/TVPRA. This is the current case precedent that governs children in short term custody.”

The 1997 Flores Settlement requires that immigration officials detaining minors provide food and drinking water, medical assistance in emergencies, toilets and sinks, adequate temperature control and ventilation, adequate supervision to protect minors from others, and separation from unrelated adults whenever possible.

According to CBP, trainees are also trained in first-aid and basic lifesaving measures.

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How Border Patrol Agents Are Trained

How Border Patrol Agents Are Trained

In April, as the crisis at the US-Mexico border began to reach a fever pitch, Senior Video Correspondent Graham Flanagan spent four days inside the United States Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

Before they serve in the Border Patrol, trainees must graduate from the Academy’s six-month basic training program.

While a majority of the training is focused on law enforcement operations, the Academy also emphasizes instruction in the Spanish language in order to enhance communication between agents and the people they encounter in the field.

The agency has been the focus of intense scrutiny in recent months due to revelations about reportedly squalid conditions at Border Patrol-run detention centers where migrants, including children, wait to be processed and released.

During our time at the Academy, we did not see any training — other than Spanish instruction — that was specifically designed to prepare the trainees to work in the detention centers or to care for migrant children.

This begged the question: is the training that occurs at the Academy adequately preparing the trainees for what awaits them in the field? In a statement to Business Insider, a United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson said that, “The Border Patrol Academy does not conduct training related to detention officer duties… Once a trainee graduates and arrives at their station, depending on their geographical location, it now becomes the duty and responsibility of their station to further train the new agent on local policies and procedures.”

In regards to how trainees are instructed to work with children, the CBP spokesperson told Business Insider that “The Border Patrol Academy trains and teaches agents about policies and regulations related to the Flores vs. Reno/TVPRA. This is the current case precedent that governs children in short term custody.”

The 1997 Flores Settlement requires that immigration officials detaining minors provide food and drinking water, medical assistance in emergencies, toilets and sinks, adequate temperature control and ventilation, adequate supervision to protect minors from others, and separation from unrelated adults whenever possible.

According to CBP, trainees are also trained in first-aid and basic lifesaving measures.

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How Border Patrol Agents Are Trained

New Mexico man killed in Russian airliner fire

A New Mexico man who had just landed his dream job as a fishing guide in Russia was among those killed when an airliner burst into flames in Moscow. Friends remember Jeremy Brooks as a fly-fishing expert who ‘loved everyone.’ (May 7)

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What It’s Really Like At The US-Mexico Border

We spent a day on the US-Mexico border with the US Border Patrol in El Paso, TX where the agency is overwhelmed by the volume of migrants crossing into the United States. US Border Patrol Agent Tessa Reyes escorted us to multiple areas where migrants cross the border to begin their process of requesting asylum.

The US has seen a major surge in Central American migrant families arriving in the US and requesting asylum, leaving Border Patrol agents and facilities overwhelmed. Per the Border Patrol, Business Insider was not allowed to film inside the processing center where immigrants are temporarily detained.

During a visit to the Border Patrol’s training academy in Artesia, New Mexico, we sat down with Acting Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection John Sanders, who called the situation at the border “unprecedented.”

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Bomb cyclone storm begins hammering central US

Blizzard warnings were posted from Colorado to Minnesota on Wednesday and wildfires were a concern in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as the second so-called “bomb cyclone” storm in less than a month hit the central U.S. (April 10)

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Storm blankets Albuquerque with snow

An overnight storm has prompted more than 200 closures and delays across New Mexico. Forecasters say as much as 6 inches of snow is expected in some areas of Albuquerque. (Feb. 19)

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GONZO: American Stonehenge (E7)

GONZO arrives at Billy the Kid’s gravesite on the former estate of one of Max’s distant ancestors in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. They discuss the path to evil that the fight for survival might bring, whether in the case of the fictional Walter White of Breaking Bad or the Wild West mythical character that was the ‘Boy Bandit King.’ They also look at Max’s distant relative’s tombstone and note that the ‘great builders’ of America are no longer with us, but, in fact, we have a more locust private equity model of the great fortunes going to those who dismantle and hollow out all that was built before them. Max and Stacy then drive out for Denton, Texas but first make a detour to Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. They discuss ‘American Stonehenge,’ and whether or not it is art, an homage to the time when America made great cars and now it is all run into the ground. In Denton, TX, they meet banker and author, Mitch Feierstein, on an old, rickety bridge. They discuss the myths of America being Big Oil once again as figments of our imagination built upon a real pile of unpayable debt. Mitch also talks about his experience with the rise of anti-Semitism and where the fault lies. After some serious conversation, the group heads out for some Texas brisket.

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A Family Man and Anti-Hero GONZO (E6)

GONZO arrives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where tourism is booming thanks to the latest, greatest American anti-hero, Walter White, the fictional high-school teacher turned meth kingpin in the hit TV series, ‘Breaking Bad.’ After a brief stop at Los Pollos Hermanos, they visit the laundry service where the fictional labs were filmed for the series. They discuss the family man who turned evil under a healthcare system like the lawless and dangerous Wild West that drove pioneers and cowboys to become the quickest-draw gunslinger possible. Max then visits the Candy Lady in downtown Albuquerque to talk about the ‘consequences of our choices.’ She believes we cannot forget the past but that we must also remember that it brought us to today, and we need to move beyond all that is tearing us apart. They also discuss the high costs of Obamacare and the financial hardships it has brought. GONZO then drives out of town toward Billy the Kid’s gravesite.

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Here’s the latest for Thursday February 7th: Political turmoil continues in Virginia; New Mexico governor withdraws troops from Mexico border; still no verdict in El Chapo trial; man rides horse-drawn car to work.

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