Kamala Harris Wants to Establish Body-Worn Camera Programs at CBP and ICE
Multiple reports of mistreatment, exploitation, and use-of-force have surfaced under Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy along the border and in immigration detention centers. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) said enough is enough. On Tuesday, she introduced a bill to address these incidents and help increase transparency and bring oversight within ICE and CBP. The DHS Body-Worn Camera Act would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish pilot programs for body-worn cameras (BWC) for ICE and CBP agents. It would also require DHS to report to Congress on these pilot programs, develop policies governing the use of BWC with public consultation, and develop an implementation plan to require full BWC deployment. “Our government functions best when it is transparent and accountable to its citizens,” said Harris. “This is something I prioritized as Attorney General of California and continue to fight for in the United States Senate. Body-worn cameras can not only lower use-of-force incidents, but can also help reduce grievances against officers and ultimately improve trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” Harris was joined by New Mexico Democratic Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich in introducing the bill. Congressman Filemón Vela (D-TX) plans to introduce a companion bill in the House. More here.