From the Brownsville Herald:
Two U.S. congressmen from Texas are pushing to get a bill passed that is named after ICE Special Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata.
Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin, have introduced House Resolution 915, called the Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) Act of 2011. It aims to enhance border security, in part by giving Congress the ability to directly oversee appropriation of funds for enforcement units on the border.
Such units, part of what is already called the BEST initiative, currently operate under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security.
The bill — which was introduced Thursday and has been referred to the House Homeland Security Committee — apparently would also boost the BEST units by strengthening cooperation among DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, tribal, local and international level.