The administration claims that it is consolidating, but the move has sparked protests from Border Patrol agents concerned that they will now be overwhelmed.
[A]t least one Border Patrol supervisor in Texas has called on local officers to “voice your concerns” to elected officials, warning that the “deactivation” will remove agents from the Texas Panhandle, among other places. Several members of Congress have asked Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher to reconsider the plan. 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.
Potter County, in the Texas Panhandle, would be affected by the planned closure of the Amarillo station.
Thomas said that while his area is far from the border, it’s still a major “corridor” for illegal immigrants — and he said his office depends on Border Patrol to respond to their calls.
“I can’t hold a carload of people out there on I-40 for eight hours while somebody comes from El Paso,” he said. “I mean, that’s just crazy.”
It may be crazy, but it is consistent with an administration that has switched to a policy of non-enforcement in a desperate bid to pander to leftist Hispanics and the open borders crowd (most Hispanics do not regard tearing down the border as a good idea). The administration has announced a policy allowing young illegal aliens who meet certain criteria to stay and even receive work visas, a de facto amnesty, and has also reprioritized overall enforcement so that only illegal aliens with prior serious convictions will face deportation. From a law enforcement perspective, that amounts to repudiating the “broken windows” theory by which Rudy Giuliani was able to clean up then crime-ridden New York City.