This bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to analyze and submit an assessment of threats to the nation's southwest border, including:
Terrorism and criminal threats posed by individuals and organized groups seeking to illegally enter the U.S. through the southwest border or otherwise exploit vulnerabilities in that part of the border;
Improvements needed to keep terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. at ports of entry or along the border;
Gaps in law, policy, cooperation between law enforcement agencies, and international or tribal agreements that hinder border security, counterterrorism, anti-human smuggling and trafficking efforts or the flow of legitimate trade along the border;
The current percentage of situational awareness and of operational control of U.S. international and maritime borders achieved by DHS.
The Chief of the Border Patrol would have to create a strategic plan by March 1, 2017 (and every five years thereafter) that outlines the DHS southwest border threat analysis and an assessment of other major border security threats. It would evaluate efforts to analyze and disseminate border security information, increase situational awareness for preventing illegal entries, and focus intelligence collection against international criminal and terrorist groups.
The Border Patrol Strategic Plan would also address operational needs such as personnel requirements, technology needed to enhance security, an assessment of training programs, and a prioritized list of research and development objectives.