Beyond "operational support," JTF-6 provides engineering support to the Border Patrol, such as the construction of thin, corrugated steel walls along the border at various points and road construction.
According to a JTF-6 official, soldiers on LP/OP missions must see someone physically cross the border illegally before relaying information about a suspect to the Border Patrol.
JTF-6 officials acknowledge that much of the drug law enforcement assistance provided by the military also aids the Border Patrol in its immigration enforcement duties (interviews with JTF-6 officials, April 30, 1997; August 15, 1995).
JTF-6 coordinated this effort, using troops already in the area for drug enforcement purposes.
The shooting took place on the edge of the rural border village of Redford, Texas (near the Big Bend area), during a JTF-6 LP/OP search mission for drug traffickers along the Rio Grande.
The Marine team fanned out and followed him for 20 minutes, though JTF-6 officials maintain the Marines "paralleled" him (Ferry, 1997).
* JTF-6 (and, to a lesser degree, the Border Patrol) provided extremely poor, superficial, incomplete, and at times inflammatory and inaccurate orientation and intelligence briefings for the Marines; and
* There was a distinct lack of mission oversight from JTF-6 and Marine officials (Coyne, 1998).
Glenn (2000) notes that JTF-6 continued to coordinate various forms of military support for the Border Patrol: aerial surveillance by Army helicopter units and reconnaissance support, fence and road building, and broad-reaching areas of military training and intelligence support.
Border militarization continues in subdued form, since JTF-6's work remains restricted in terms of ground troop deployments along the border.
JTF-6's website observes that it has the military's longest-standing record (now a decade and counting) of collaboration with over 300 domestic police bodies throughout the U.S.
Army journals indicates that some in the military predict an expansion of its involvement in domestic law enforcement, particularly at the border and through JTF-6. One military author foresees "support to domestic civil authorities during domestic emergencies....