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    Posted June 30, 2014 by
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    Stop the Threat Policy By: Rogelio Maya & Ashley Cruz

    A controversial issue in the United States of America is the U.S. Border Patrol. This system includes three branches: U.S. Custom and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration Enforcement and Customs and U.S. Border Patrol. The U.S Border Patrol guards the Rio Grande and primarily 6,000 acres of the Mexican border. In this area, Border Patrol faces illegal trafficking and undocumented people who present unknown dangers. In result, Border Patrol agents use cameras and a tactic known as Shoot to Stop the Threat to stop terrorists and narcotics from entering our borders.

    The Shoot to Stop the Threat Policy applies to all departments of U.S. Homeland Security. In the Border Patrol, the U.S. agent has the ability to shoot the enabler if they feel that their life is in danger. For example, if the border patrol agent engages violently with the opposing force and the opposing force pulls a deadly weapon, then the agent is allowed to fire. The Shoot to Stop the Threat Policy allows for the agent to shoot anywhere in the chest area to stop the threat. Once the opposing force no longer has their weapon, they have succeeded in stopping the threat. If the Border Patrol agent has shot the opposing force and they are still aiming for their weapon, the agent is allowed to kill the opposing force.
    The fight between the agent and the opposing force has to be equal or if not it is considered excessive force. Sometimes excessive force does occur and innocent people die. There have been occurrences where even children have been killed by cause of excessive force.

    This policy has created quite a stir in the media since there are agents who abuse it. In the end, there will only be one person standing and it will most likely be a border portal agent. In this case, they will be the one who gets the final word on what happens and giving only one side of the story.
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