The 14th Annual Border Security Expo (BSE) ran from 11-12 March in San Antonio, Texas. While DSJ had attended past BSE events and this one appeared to be at about half strength based on Coronavirus fears, BSE organizers said in opening comments that the show featured 1100 attendees including more than 250 federal, state, and local government officials from some 14 countries.

Border security issues, including treatment of migrants and construction of the Border Wall System are prominent in the news and they were front-and-center at this year’s BSE. Protesters made their voices heard outside the event venue and senior CBP and BSE officials addressed directly the salient political issues.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez, BSE’s Opening Keynote, told the audience that the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols or MPP — which makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings — was “absolutely a critical piece to mitigate an unprecedented humanitarian crisis last year.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez

New U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott made clear that the U.S. Government does not intend to retreat in its approach: “We’re going to do everything we can to ensure that catch and release is not reinstated. And that’s the bottom line for every single pathway: Making sure they have due process, they get heard but they can’t exploit the system through catch and release. It’s not going to be pretty,” Scott said.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott

DSJ’s coverage of the event featured the following articles and exclusive interviews:

134 exhibitors from industry and customer communities included the following:

Astrophysics Inc’s BD Executive Tim Brown featuring the 2020 Border Security Expo’s most popular give-away – Purell sanitizer samples

Friday, 13 March saw some the BSE’s exhibitors and attendees take the show outside to the Bandera Gun Club (Bandera, Texas) for the 5th Annual Sharpshooter Classic and Demo Day for product demonstrations and live shooting competition.