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BP Says Illegal Alien Crossings May Have Tripled

From Townhall:

Exclusive: Illegal Border Crossings Double, Border Becomes Less Secure as Beltway Gets Close to Deal on Immigration Reform

By Katie Pavlich | 4/1/2013

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."

Are they sure these aren’t just some of the 2,500 illegal aliens that ICE released?

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…

That can’t be. AK-47 style weapons are illegal.

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

Anywhere. All they have to do is get in the country and hang on for a little while longer.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “BP Says Illegal Alien Crossings May Have Tripled”

  1. USSFreedom says:

    Jacki Esposito, the Director of Immigration Advocacy from NEW YAWK visits a small Penn State College satellite campus and beats the drum for OVERDUE REFORMS. Stating, “There are “PEOPLE living in the U.S. that do not have legal status(meaning law breaking illegals)and they can’t work LEGALLY( but , they do) They can’t access services of any kind( Hospitals, food stamps, food banks don’t count?) and in some instances cannot access private, state or federal financial aid to attend colleges or places of higher education. ( Like it’s owed to them being they are here illegally) They are in constant fear of being deported.(As should be) She then reminded
    the students( A few sobbing now) some of the 11 million (10 million? 9 million? half a dozen? ) enter the country without proper documents. Other’s come on a work visa that expires but, never leave.( Another violation of U.S. law) Followed by the info, About one-half of the (now using the PC) Undocumented, have been here for over a decade. They are living in the shadows, (Then why can I see them grouped together waiting for day labor jobs at Walmart, K-mart and Home Depot parking lots?) They are working(illegally) and trying to support their families.
    ( Selling drugs, running Ho’s and robbing homes and businesses) Noting it is impossible to deport all of them. (Wanna Bet?) adding the economy needs them.(Like another hole in the head) Jumping into the impending bill by the gang of 8, she predicts it will be a compromise. No one will be 100% happy on either side of the aisle.( except those that will gain more voters for their party) But the topper was saying, “Crossing figures have been lower than they have been in decades.” (You Lie!) I gotta stop…
    Some US Citizens still believe US laws should be followed and those that do not adhere to our laws should not be rewarded. It is insane to believe otherwise but, the students applauded…MORONS.

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