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Fed panel calls for major reforms in Border Patrol use of force, anti-corruption policies




A U.S. Border Patrol Agent in September 2011, along the Mexico-Arizona border.
A U.S. Border Patrol Agent in September 2011, along the Mexico-Arizona border.
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Rooting out corruption and abuse among the nation's border patrol agents is so ineffective as to pose a national security threat to the country, according to a report out this week from the Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Advisory Council.

The border patrol makes up the nation's largest law enforcement agency, with some 44,000 armed agents.

The agency has come under increased scrutiny after several high-profile shootings of unarmed people and with the presence of powerful drug cartels and smugglers operating along the border.

Los Angeles Times reporter Brian Bennett joins us for more.

READ: Report finds little progress at curbing Border Patrol abuses