Robert C. Bonner, JD, former Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, stated in a July 21, 2005 New York Times article titled "Border Patrol Considering Use of Volunteers, Official Says,":

“[T]here is the possibility in local border communities, and maybe even beyond, of having citizens that would be willing to volunteer to help the Border Patrol…

We value having eyes and ears of citizens, and I think that would be one of the things we are looking at is how you better organize, let’s say, a citizen effort”

July 21, 2005