A U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas told lawmakers today that his fellow agents are punished for reporting illegal alien groups of more than 20. “Agents who repeatedly report groups larger than 20 face retribution. Management will either take them out of the field and assign them to processing detainees at the station or assign them to a fixed position in low volume areas as punishment,” Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told a Senate panel. “Needless to say Agents got the message and now stay below this 20 person threshold no matter the actual size of the group.”
Cabrera is the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 3307, a union for border agents. He testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on behalf of NBPC.
The border agent told lawmakers that the Obama administration is misleading the American people by manipulating border security data.
Cabrera also told lawmakers that the 6 out of every 10 illegal aliens who attempt to cross the southwest border into the United States are not apprehended.
“Ask any line Agent in the field and he or she will tell you that at best we apprehend 35-40% of the illegal immigrants attempting to cross. This number is even lower for drug smugglers who are much more adept at eluding capture,” he said.
U.S. Border Patrol is a component of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. CBP operates under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“If you ask this question of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or senior management at Customs and Border Protection (CBP), they will tell you the border is secure,” testified Cabrera. “They may even point to statistics and metrics showing that the Border Patrol is 75% effective in apprehending illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.”
“I want to be crystal clear – the border is not secure,” he continued.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is one of the busiest corridors for illegal cross-border activity.
The media focus has moved on to other topics and scandals, but the illegals are still crossing over in droves. Click here for an exclusive Breitbart video that expands on the ease with which these people cross and the low numbers the Border Patrol are able to deport. The Mexicans are usually sent back, but their numbers are small compared to the OTMs (other than Mexicans) that are crossing over and can’t be deported.
Anzalduas Park sits on both sides of the river and people who appear to be fishing are really smugglers on the Mexico side and waiting families on the state side. With cell phones in hand, the smugglers watch for the patrol boats to move up or down river, then hop on jet skis and in seconds they take people across.
The border is not secure. That’s been said thousands of times and still nothing is done to change it, and now we find out that reporting large groups gets the field agent stuck on desk duty. These agents should be receiving bonuses for capturing and deporting the most illegals, but instead, our government is so corrupt that agents have to lie about the numbers to keep their jobs. Holding rooms with a capacity for 200-300 people have seen as many as 1300 immigrants at one time.
Yet we just funded the DHS to continue business as usual.