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H.R.915 - Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act

To establish a Border Enforcement Security Task Force program to enhance border security by fostering coordinated efforts among Federal, State, and local border and law enforcement officials to protect United States border cities and communities from trans-national crime, including violence associated with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes. view all titles (7)

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  • Short: Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act as enacted.
  • Official: To establish a Border Enforcement Security Task Force program to enhance border security by fostering coordinated efforts among Federal, State, and local border and law enforcement officials to protect United States border cities and communities from trans-national crime, including violence associated with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act as introduced.
  • Short: Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act as reported to house.
  • Short: Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act as passed house.
  • Short: Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act as reported to senate.

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Latest Vote

Result: Passed - November 27, 2012

Roll call number 610 in the House

Question: On motion to Suspend the Rules and Concur in the Senate Amendment: H R 915 Jamie Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act

 

Official Summary

Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), which shall establish units to enhance border security by addressing and reduci

Official Summary

Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), which shall establish units to enhance border security by addressing and reducing border security threats and violence by:
(1) facilitating collaboration among federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement agencies to execute coordinated activities in furtherance of border security and homeland security; and
(2) enhancing information-sharing, including the dissemination of homeland security information among such agencies. Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish BEST units in jurisdictions in which such units can contribute to BEST missions, after considering:
(1) whether the area in which the unit would be established is significantly impacted by cross-border threats;
(2) the availability of federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement resources to participate in the unit;
(3) the extent to which border security threats are having a significant harmful impact in the area and in other U.S. jurisdictions; and
(4) whether an Integrated Border Enforcement Team already exists in the area. Directs the Secretary, in determining whether to establish or expand a BEST unit in a given jurisdiction, to ensure that the unit under consideration does not duplicate the efforts of other existing interagency task forces or centers within that jurisdiction. Authorizes the Secretary, after determining the jurisdictions in which to establish BEST units and in order to provide federal assistance to such jurisdictions, to:
(1) direct the assignment of federal personnel to BEST; and
(2) take other actions to assist federal, state, local, and tribal entities to participate in BEST, including providing financial assistance for operational, administrative, and technological costs associated with such participation. Directs the Secretary to report annually on the effectiveness of the program in enhancing border security and reducing the drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across U.S. borders.

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