The deployment of BORTAC to Portland came in response to the wave of mass protests over the May 25 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. [4], During the 1980s War on Drugs, BORTAC worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration conducting counter narcotics operations in South America during Operation Snowcap. If you so wish, you can get additional specialized training afterwards. They are trained in intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance; foreign law enforcement; Border Patrol capacity building; airmobile operations; maritime operations and precision marksmanship. As part of a joint Department of State/ Department of Justice training program, BORTAC has also provided tactical team and counter narcotics training to several foreign governments police, paramilitary, tactical, drug, and specialist units, including the El Salvador National Police's Grupo de Respuesta Policial (GRP) tactical unit. Now, amidst Depression levels of unemployment, the White House and Congress are cutting off the expanded jobless benefits that enabled millions of families to avoid homelessness and hunger.

From 2005 to 2007, agents were heavily involved in training Iraqi border police. The federal agents have used CS tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper bombs, flash bang grenades and sonic weapons that can do permanent physical damage against peaceful protesters. The entire economic and political system of capitalism is being irreparably discredited. Most of the time, they give aid to migrants who try to cross the borders illegally and end up getting injured because of the dangerous terrain which can also be home to wild animals. Missions have included international training/advisory functions, counter terrorism operations, counter narcotics operations, high-risk warrant service, dignitary protection, interdiction & patrol operations, and tactical training to other U.S. agencies and military units. Highly-trained BORSTAR members perform heroic rescues in various types of environments and often inhospitable climates. They have been called upon to help perform rescues in treacherous mountains and bodies of water. BORTAC teams are often deployed to assist local law enforcement in “high-profile” events. Its rap sheet includes involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, both part of the illegal and unprovoked invasion of Iraq in 2003 that resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and the destruction of the country’s social infrastructure. The failure to fund or organize any serious response to the public health crisis triggered by the pandemic, compounded by the criminal back-to-work drive, has resulted in a full-scale catastrophe. This was disputed by former CBP commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. Prior to the Obama administration, there was very little interior enforcement. The Democratic Party represents a faction of the same ruling class to which Trump himself belongs. In 2007, BORTAC was placed under the command of the newly formed Special Operations Group (SOG) together with the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR). BORSTAR agents are compassionate and perform a valiant and valuable service to both our country and mankind. [citation needed], BORTAC Personnel wear a variety of uniforms while conducting operations. BORTAC agents are authorized to carry firearms on and off duty. With his poll numbers falling, Trump is flailing about and turning to the most brutal and repressive measures. [CDATA[ [6], In April 2000, the BORTAC conducted Operation “Reunion,” in which it executed a raid on a home in Miami, Florida, and safely returned Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez to his family in Cuba. Since its inception BORTAC has steadily expanded its scope and mission capabilities, and is now a rapid response unit capable of executing both foreign and national level domestic operations. The Obama administration, in particular, played a major role in building up the capabilities of ICE.

ICE's acting director Matthew T. Albence said this was being done as sanctuary city policies cause an increase in crime. Furthermore, the fight against the Trump administration must be connected to the fight against social inequality, the destruction of social programs and infrastructure, the attack on jobs and wages, the persecution of immigrant workers, and the consequences of unending war, which threatens all of humanity. BORTAC does not only conduct operations on the U.S. border. There are 180 additional trained agents marked as “inactive.”. BORTAC: Smart, Strong, Skillful R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection In 1924, Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States; the Washington, D.C., Senators won the World Series; and the dual forces of Prohibition and immigration focused new attention on the security of the U.S. borders and how best to combat the smuggling of both liquor and aliens. [7], In 2020, the White House deployed 100 agents including BORTAC to sanctuary cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco for 3 months. The Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) is the paramilitary arm of the United States Border Patrol. [6], In 2002, BORTAC worked jointly with the United States Secret Service securing sports venues at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. International Committee of the Fourth International, Foreword to the German edition of David North’s, brutalized and illegally detained protesters. Additionally, BORTAC teams can be called upon to assist local law enforcement in high-profile events such as the 1992 Los Angeles riots, where they were part of the 1,000 riot-trained federal special agents sent in an attempt to end the rioting in the Los Angeles region; and the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape, where a BORTAC team inserted by helicopter shot and killed escaped prisoner Richard Matt.

When conducting operations, BORTAC personnel are also equipped with a Kevlar ballistic helmet and an armored assault vest. BORTAC members have operated in 28 countries around the world. In 2007, BORTAC was placed under the command of the newly formed Special Operations Group (SOG), together with its sister group, the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR). They were deployed at the direction of the agency’s top officials in Washington. All applicants must also go through and application and selection process before they can be selected to attend the BORSTAR Academy. After spending trillions of dollars to further build up the military-intelligence apparatus, Obama handed Trump the reins and told the American people to respect his presidency. "[4] In essence, BORTAC teams often conduct drug raids on high value targets, as well as sometimes being attached to Border Patrol or Air and Marine Operations units to assist them in their duties. Spearheading the attack are agents of a little-known special unit within CBP called BORTAC, short for Border Patrol Tactical Unit. When participating in what are deemed “high-risk missions” domestically or abroad, BORTAC agents are authorized to use a wide range of deadly weapons and equipment, including certain types of grenade launchers, 37 mm gas guns, M4 Carbines (high-powered assault rifles) and the Steyr SSG rifle (a type of sniper rifle). More often than not, they are the only rescue unit available in these border areas.