A US-based manufacturer of agricultural and construction machinery, which provides all-terrain vehicles to US Border Patrol
Deere & Co is a publicly-traded corporation headquartered in Moline, Illinois, known mostly as the brand name John Deere. The company manufactures primarily agricultural, construction, and forest machinery. Deere & Company has a presence in 17 countries and has an annual revenue of $35.54 billion as of 2020.
Deere has supplied All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs), Crossover Vehicles (XUVs), and other equipment to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Between 2006 and 2017, CBP awarded Deere 14 contracts for ATVs and other equipment, for a total of $435,161. CBP has acquired additional John Deere vehicles through third-party dealers.
Seven of the above contracts, totaling $106,841 between 2009 and 2017, were for CBP's purchase of ATVs, UTVS, or XUVs. Some of the contracts mention the company's Gator UTVs, which are designed to carry equipment and passengers over rough terrain. One contract specifically names the model purchased as "Military Utility Vehicle - Gator XUV 850D," which is a militarized version of the company's Gator UTVs.
Border Patrol agents use ATVs and UTVs to patrol rugged terrain surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border, especially in remote areas that are inaccessible to other vehicles. An ATV unit from the Lordsburg Border Patrol in New Mexico was used to locate and arrest a group of four immigrants on January 31, 2019. On October 23, 2019, the ATV Unit at the Presidio Border Patrol Station in Texas arrested 17 immigrants in the Chinati mountains.
Deere's largest award from CBP, a 2015 contract worth $251,106, was for the purchase of a motor grader for the Border Patrol Tuscon Sector Office in 2016. Motor graders are used to flatten soil, which is needed to create roads along the border wall and before border construction.