The DHS and Attorney General could authorize the deployment of up to 500 extra:
- Border Patrol agents
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents,
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
The DHS would be required to:
Increase the number of Border Patrol helicopters and power boats.
Establish a fleet of motor vehicles appropriate for Border Patrol use.
Equip those vehicles with computers capable of accessing law enforcement databases.
Improve and expand the radio communication infrastructure in areas that the Border Patrol operates.
Provide Border Patrol with global positioning system devices (GPS), night vision equipment, high-quality body armor, reliable and effective weapons, and uniforms.
An ATF, DEA, and Border Patrol Task Force would be established to monitor and report to Congress and the President on the trade and sale of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives along U.S. borders. The Attorney General would also be authorized to make border security grants to sheriffs’ offices and police departments located in counties within 25 miles of the southern U.S. border.