Skip to comments.Exclusive: Illegal Border Crossings Double, Border Becomes Less Secure
Posted on 04/01/2013 6:11:42 AM PDT by upchuck
[Unfortunately, this is NOT an April Fools Joke :(]
Complete title: Exclusive: Illegal Border Crossings Double, Border Becomes Less Secure as Beltway Gets Close to Deal on Immigration Reform
As the immigration reform Gang of Eight inside the Beltway prepares to announce a deal later this week, claiming border security will come before a path to citizenship for millions of illegals, Border Patrol agents have seen illegal border crossings double and warn the cutting of agent work hours will only result in less border security, not more.
"We've seen the number of illegal aliens double, maybe even triple since amnesty talk started happening," an agent told Townhall, who asked to remain unnamed due to fears of retaliation within Customs and Border Protection [CBP], something he said is common. "A lot of these people, although not the majority, are criminals or aggravated felons. This is a direct danger to our communities."
Data obtained by Townhall and reported within CBP from February 5 through March 1, 2013 shows 504 illegal aliens were spotted exploiting the Tucson/Nogales area, 189 were caught on CBP intelligence cameras. Of those 504, only 174 were apprehended and 32 of the 189 on camera were carrying large drug load packs for Mexican cartels. Some were armed with AK-47 style weapons.
Last week, Fox News reported sections of the border will soon become unpatrolled as hours for on-the-ground agents are cut. Townhall has learned Border Patrol agents working the border have been fully funded, yet internal political battles within CBP may be causing funds to be funneled to managers, rather than those getting their boots dirty on patrols.
"Customs and Border Protection has been given enough money to fully staff the border but has chosen to use the money elsewhere, we believe it is to fund the salaries of Supervisory CBP Officers. The money they are diverting was to go to AUO (Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime) which is actually straight pay and is used to pay Border Patrol Agents for anything past eight hours. Being that we have to maintain staffing 24/7 this is a huge part of border security. The criminals and drugs don't stop coming so we have to make sure we have people out there. Cutting AUO will be a 30% pay cut for our agents but more importantly a minimum 20% loss of staffing out in the field," Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council Shawn Moran tells Townhall. "It is internal politics within CBP and also with immigration reform. There are still battles between legacy Customs, INS, and Border Patrol managers as to the direction CBP takes and how the funds are being used. Meanwhile both parties claim no immigration reform until the border is secured, well this surely will not secure the border."
As sequestration goes into full effect April 7 and a deal in Washington on immigration reform gets locked in, illegal crossings are expected to get worse.
"We have seen increased crossings and smuggling since word of staffing cuts began circulating. The illegals have even told us that is why they tried crossing. The border is safer but by no means secure," Moran says.
Another agent expressed the same sentiment, saying when apprehended, some illegal aliens ask where they can go to find amnesty.
..either Guatemala or Juan McCann's house
They are just after freedom, Free money, free housing, free medical...
And there should be no amnesty period.
Linda Graham will also welcome them with open arms.
THIS would be a good use for drones.
I told them “No Telephone” and pointed east for Phoenix. (Phoenix is north). They then left heading north. I called the Sheriff's Office and got a deputy within five minutes. Gave him a description and direction they had headed. he grabbed them within 10 minutes.
By now I am sure they have been turned loose and are in Phoenix or most likely Denver.
Anyone expect anything different w/ Amnesty & Obama Phone waiting!
What are the remedies for those who won't enforce them? More laws? Or just ignore the laws we already have mo' better than we do now?
Or just write laws to forgive those who break the laws we don't like!
Maybe if we had a few more "Sanctuary Cities" everything would magically get better? I don't see why it wouldn't.
Or...maybe we could, somehow, find someone who will uphold the Constitutional mandate to enforce the border?
How ridiculous! Why would you want to do something silly like that?