The US Border Patrol belongs to the Department Homeland Security, and is formed by more than 12,000 agents who are responsible for cover 20 sectors, ranging from the border from Canada to the border with Mexico.
It is considered as one of the federal agencies with greater risk, except for the DEA.
The agents patrolled 4X4 and horses. Despite the risk of sniping ( drug traffickers), often do not carry life jackets anti bullets, given the high temperatures reach in the border with Mexico.
The US Border, has specialized units: the SRT and the BORTAC ( some agents belong to both units, as the latter is formed when it becomes necessary its specific action).
The BORTAC, is the tactical unit of the US Border, with the capacity to intervene both nationally and internationally, for the arrest of terrorists, drug traffickers in human beings, drug traffickers, fugitive, etc. ..
The BORTAC, trains and trains other border units of third countries ( Bolivia, Honduras, Ecuador, etc. ), and specifically in the case of Iraq, equips and form to the border police at the time that directs operations of cleaning, whose eqipos are commanded by two agents of the US Border and two of the US Customs.
The course of the BORTAC lasts three weeks and gives training in follow-up of footprints, patrolling, fighting in enclosed spaces, orientation in the desert, medicine of combat, shooting of precision and other similar disciplines.
The weapon of manning of the US Border is the gun HK USP Compact. The BORTAC, uses the rifle Colt M4A1, the shotgun SGT 90121 and the rifle 7.62 mm M-14 and viewfinder Trijicon TA55A .