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Border Tunnel Task Force Act
This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Department of Homeland Security to establish border tunnel task forces in jurisdictions in which such task forces can contribute to border security missions after evaluating: (1) whether the areas in which they would be established are significantly impacted by cross-border threats; and (2) the availability of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement resources to participate in such task forces.
The purpose of the task forces is to enhance and integrate border security efforts for addressing and reducing cross-border tunnel related threats and violence by facilitating collaboration among law enforcement agencies and enhancing information sharing among such agencies.
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish Border Tunnel Task Forces, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “Border Tunnel Task Force Act”.
(a) In general.—Subtitle B of title IV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
“(1) whether the areas in which such Border Tunnel Task Forces would be established are significantly impacted by cross-border threats; and
“(2) the availability of Federal, State, local, and Tribal law enforcement resources to participate in such Border Tunnel Task Forces.
“(b) Purpose.—The purpose of the Border Tunnel Task Forces under subsection (a) is to enhance and integrate border security efforts by addressing and reducing cross-border tunnel related threats and violence by—
“(1) facilitating collaboration among Federal, State, local, and Tribal 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.
“(1) Personnel from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including the U.S. Border Patrol.
“(2) Personnel from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including Homeland Security Investigations.
“(3) Personnel from other Department components and offices, as appropriate.
“(4) Personnel from other Federal, State, local, and Tribal law enforcement agencies, as appropriate.
“(5) Other appropriate personnel at the discretion of the Secretary.
“(d) Duplication of efforts.—In determining whether to establish a new Border Tunnel Task Force or to expand an existing Border Tunnel Task Force in a given jurisdiction, the Secretary shall ensure that the Border Tunnel Task Force under consideration does not unnecessarily duplicate the efforts of other existing interagency task forces or centers within such jurisdiction.
“(1) establish targets and performance measures for the Border Tunnel Task Forces that include consideration of whether border barriers impact cross-border tunnel threats;
“(2) direct leadership of each Border Tunnel Task Force to monitor progress on such targets and performance measures for each such task force; and
“(3) periodically report to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate regarding progress on such targets and performance measures.”.
(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 419 the following new item:
Passed the House of Representatives September 25, 2018.
|Attest:||karen l. haas,|