Closure of Border Patrol stations across four states triggers alarm. #37R
The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves. Though the affected stations are scattered throughout northern and central Texas, and three other states, the coverage areas still see plenty of illegal immigrant activity — one soon-to-be-shuttered station in Amarillo, Texas, is right in the middle of the I-40 corridor; another in Riverside, Calif., is outside Los Angeles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it’s closing the stations in order to reassign agents to high-priority areas closer to the border.
And local officials are getting worried about what will happen once the Border Patrol leaves town, since they rely on those federal officials to assist in making immigration arrests.
“It could impact us tremendously since we’ve only got two agents up here now for 26 counties,” Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas told FoxNews.com. It’s still a major “corridor” for illegal immigrants — and he said his office depends on Border Patrol to respond to their calls.
“There is no active plan” right now for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to fill the void on assisting local officials with stops.
Texas: Lubbock, Amarillo, Dallas, San Angelo, Abilene and San Antonio. Idaho: Twin Falls Montana: Billings California: Riverside.
A letter sent Tuesday to Fisher warned the plan would “leave our area vulnerable.” They noted that the Amarillo and Lubbock stations alone, two of those affected, accounted for 638 apprehensions of illegal immigrants just this year.
The administration recently announced it would stop deporting young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have not committed a serious crime.
Federal officials said ICE would be selective in responding to calls about immigration status – prioritizing cases that meet certain criteria, like whether the suspect is wanted for a felony. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas.
” Neugebauer said. “I’d like to see numbers that reassure me that this strategy change won’t ultimately result in fewer arrests.”
Source—judson berger—fox news