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H.Con.Res. 122 (ih) Recognizing the United States Border Patrol's 75 years of service since its founding. [Introduced in House] ...
Agreed to November 19, 1999
One Hundred Sixth Congress
United States of America
AT THE FIRST SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
the sixth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine
Whereas the Mounted Guard was assigned to the Immigration Service under
the Department of Commerce and Labor from 1904 to 1924;
Whereas the founding members of this Mounted Guard included Texas
Rangers, sheriffs, and deputized cowboys who patrolled the Texas
frontier looking for smugglers, rustlers, and people illegally
entering the United States;
Whereas following the Department of Labor Appropriation Act of May 28,
1924, the Border Patrol was established within the Bureau of
Immigration, with an initial force of 450 Patrol Inspectors, a yearly
budget of $1 million, and $1,300 yearly pay for each Patrol
Inspector, with each patrolman furnishing his own horse;
Whereas changes regarding illegal immigration and increases of
contraband alcohol traffic brought about the need for this young
patrol force to have formal training in border enforcement;
Whereas during the Border Patrol's 75-year history, Border Patrol
Agents have been deputized as United States Marshals on numerous
Whereas the Border Patrol's highly trained and motivated personnel have
also assisted in controlling civil disturbances, performing National
security details, aided in foreign training and assessments, and
responded with security and humanitarian assistance in the aftermath
of numerous natural disasters;
Whereas the present force of over 8,000 agents, located in 146 stations
under 21 sectors, is responsible for protecting more than 8,000 miles
of international land and water boundaries;
Whereas, with the increase in drug-smuggling operations, the Border
Patrol has also been assigned additional interdiction duties, and is
the primary agency responsible for drug interdiction between ports-
Whereas Border Patrol agents have a dual role of protecting the borders
and enforcing immigration laws in a fair and humane manner; and
Whereas the Border Patrol has a historic mission of firm commitment to
the enforcement of immigration laws, but also one fraught with
danger, as illustrated by the fact that 86 agents and pilots have
lost their lives in the line of duty--6 in 1998 alone: Now,
therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That Congress recognizes the historical significance of the United
States Border Patrol's founding and its 75 years of service to our
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Secretary of the Senate.
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