Safety concerns rise as US Border Patrol uniforms made in Mexico

The US government appeared to avoid common sense and even concern for citizen safety in recent contract grants.

CNS News reported this week that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded VF Imagewear, Inc. a contract to manufacture its “uniform and insignia items.”

The company uses a manufacturing plant in Mexico to make most occupational garments. The same company was recently given $50 million uniform contract with the Transportation Security Administration.

Putting aside all the US jobs that are being out-sourced, the report addresses the safety issues that figure in to this controversial lack of judgement:

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has said manufacturing government uniforms in Mexico poses a threat to national security.

“There are also national security concerns,” Speier said in a press release in 2011, regarding a prior contract between the TSA and VF Imagewear.  “Uniforms have a greater potential of being stolen in Mexico where it is more difficult to provide oversight of factories and cargo.”

The company does have concerns with its manufacturing sites abroad, according to its annual report, including “political or military conflict” and “heightened terrorism security concerns,” which “could subject imported or exported goods to additional, more frequent or more lengthy inspections, leading to delays in deliveries or the impoundment of goods for extended periods.”

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  • JUSTICEFORALL

    THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE AND A DRUG CARTEL HAD GOTTEN HOLD (EITHER BOUGHT OR STOLE) BP UNIFORMS TO USE IN THEIR SMUGGLING PURSUITS SEVERAL YEARS AGO UNDER BUSH. WE ASSUMED BUSH PUT A STOP TO IT BUT APPARENTLY NOT! THIS IS A MAJOR DANGER TO OUR BORDER PATROL AGENTS, ALL OUR L.E. AND TO AMERICANS IN GENERAL! ALSO, WITH 23 MILLION AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED, ANY MANUFACTURER THAT TAKES OUR JOBS OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR CHEAP LABOR SHOULD BE FINED MAJORLY!

  • Bobby

    Yeah, this is so typically American in its duplicity. Afterall, even American flags are MADE IN CHINA. You see, they can't be made here, apparently. I guess even the tiny Amerian flags a child could make in second grade, it would just be too expensive. No wonder this nation is doomed.

  • Diane

    This is the new United States. Low and cruddy.

  • Ed Harris

    Because the Baseball teams are so much more important than our own national security!

    Wealthy coporations in the media like MLB will go for the goodwill and press of madein the USA tags, but not for agents securing our borders? Have the DHS gone completely crazy? Yep, time to dump Napaltano, she has no clue and is only lucky to have come so far in Washington without a major terrorist attack due to her misguided judgement calls along with Eric Holder.

    • Dennis

      The same vendor and uniforms have been issued and made in Mexico since 2007. The uniforms have been made in Mex since 2004. After Border Patrol was emerged into CBP. Those agents have been upset about it for awhile. This is nothing new.