The Southern California Border and Border Protection
Add to the fact that US Customs and Border Protection is spread thin and lack the equipment in some parts of the border to deal with the ever increasing sophistication of the smugglers who are turning to such things as drones and other very innovative means to smuggle contraband.
It may not be fiscally prudent in today’s financial climate for California to create its own large active Border Protection with some 1000 to 2000 border agents to supplement US Customs and Border Protection as that will be expensive with annual costs hovering around $300 Million, perhaps more.
I am more in favor of a fiscally prudent method of approximately 180 to 200 highly mobile professional border protection agents made up of veterans, both men and women, such as former Rangers, Special Forces, Navy Seals, FBI, Police Veterans, or agents from other Federal agencies.
The border protection agents would take on a defensive role in support of US Customs and Border Protection as well as Highway Patrols and local police to detect and intercept any suspicious activity to include aliens entering the State, and detain as necessary. They would conduct themselves in an exemplary manner, requiring high integrity and professionalism. The small border protection force would be composed of the following forces structure:
Twelve (12) highly mobile teams (Rat Patrols) of four individuals each working 8-hour shifts (144 personnel in total). Each team with one Humvee vehicle equipped with the advanced com gear, small drone with vehicle display, and advanced optics both day and night vision type such as the ones used by M1 Abrams tanks with a multi kilometer range.
One Medevac Team on standby 24-hours per day - Three (3) medevac teams of four (8-hours shifts), two pilots, and two medics on a Blackhawk chopper for fast response to teams on the ground, highway patrol, and US Border Protection (12 personnel total – 1 rotating Blackhawk on standby):
IRF response team on standby composed of 8 personnel (2 pilots plus 6 patrol agents) rotating in 8-hour shifts (18 personnel plus 6 pilots) to support teams on the ground, conduct search and rescue, medevacs, fast emergency response, interdiction, and support and coordinate with highway patrol, or US Border Protection – one Blackhawk on standby)
Command and Control with headquarters (CA BORDER HQ) composed of some ten support personnel to include Blackhawk and vehicle mechanics – this unit would coordinate all of its activities and report directly to the governor of California. The Command and Control Center would conduct its own activities in border protection but would coordinate daily and constantly with US Customs and Border Protection and local highway patrol and local authorities.
The CA BORDER HQ would play a defensive role in support of border protection and would turn over any detained aliens by its teams to US Border Protection and US Immigration authorities. It would also support local law enforcement as they are the cornerstone of the safety of our society.
The CA BORDER HQ would have a multi faceted mission with the flexibility for additional missions such as its teams would be able to respond to an Earthquake disaster in support of responders on the ground or wild fire evacuations or even medevac requests by highway patrols.