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AP: Border Patrol Has Plenty of Agents During Crisis, But They Are in Wrong Places

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol may have enough employees to handle the flood of immigration, but the Associated Press found that the agency places too many agents in the wrong places.

The AP report indicates that many agents are stationed in areas where crossing activity is slow because of the “constantly shifting migration patterns.”

For example, the San Diego sector has about 2,500 agents, who detained 97 immigrants illegally crossing the border on June 14. On the same day, 1,422 immigrants were captured in the Rio Grand Valley, where 3,200 agents are stationed.

The mismatched border protection comes as President Obama plans to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to address a growing crisis on the Texas border where an increase of Central Americans crossings is causing cramped, squalid conditions.

Border Patrol officials said immigrants often shift migration routes depending on the abundance of agents on the border.

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Border Patrol Union Leaders: Understaffed Agency Is Increasing Immigrant Crisis in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Union leaders for the Border Patrol told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency is understaffed and unable to handle the influx of immigrants as a crisis unfolds at the border with unaccompanied children, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The agency is “drastically understaffed with morale plummeting to record lows,” Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118 of the American Federation of Government Employees, told the House Judiciary Committee.

“I hope that Congress will also consider the future consequences of allowing (enforcement and removal activity) to continue in its current state.”

Making matters worse is a heightening crisis involving the detainment of thousand of unaccompanied children from Central America. Up to 40% of Border Patrol’s manpower has been diverted to caring for the immigrants, said Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd. “This manpower decrease did not go unnoticed and for those trying to enter the country illegally – it was a good time to try,” Judd said.