Closure of Border Patrol stations across four states triggers alarm
There you have it folks, you are seeing first hand what Obama thinks of the security of legal American citizens. In fact, it’s beginning to look more like he’d rather we were overrun with illegals and dangerous criminals. Is this another stage of his amnesty plan? Word now has it that 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.
This has critics of Obama and his immigration policies rather ticked off, and rightly so as the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. 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.
“These deactivations are consistent with the strategic goal of securing America’s borders, and our objective of increasing and sustaining the certainty of arrest of those trying to enter our country illegally,” CBP spokesman Bill Brooks said in a statement. “By redeploying and reallocating resources at or near the border, CBP will maximize the effectiveness of its enforcement mandate and align our investments with our mission.” Fox News
How gullible does Obama think the American people are? There’s 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. Fox News
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.
Border Patrol’s resident agent in charge in Amarillo expressed similar worries, in a recent memo to local law enforcement alerting them to the planned closure. The official, Robert Green, warned that the “entire complement” of two agents would be reassigned from Amarillo to somewhere closer to the border. He said “there is no active plan” right now for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to fill the void on assisting local officials with stops.
Empathizing with local officials, he wrote: “As a former deputy I found myself on the other end of the radio hoping to contact USBP to assist me with a vehicle full of undocumented foreign nationals on the side of the road.”
And in an unusual plea, he urged the recipients of his memo to contact elected officials about the change. “I would encourage you, if you have found USBP assistance valuable in the past, to contact your political representatives and voice your concerns,” Green wrote. Fox News
And now lawmakers are getting involved. Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry, who represents Amarillo, joined two other Texas lawmakers whose districts would be affected in asking the Border Patrol chief to “reconsider the proposal.”
A letter sent to Fisher warned the area would be left vulnerable.
FAIR also blasted the Obama administration for the plans.
“It’s part of the systematic dismantling of both border and interior enforcement,” Dane told FoxNews.com. “It complements the non-enforcement policy of this administration.”
He warned that local officials in those areas will have a hard time summoning far-away Border Patrol agents to assist, and said the tone of Green’s memo was a “not-so-subtle shout-out” that the agency feels “outmanned, outgunned … by their own government.” Fox News
He warned that local officials in those areas will have a hard time summoning far-away Border Patrol agents to assist, and said the tone of Green’s memo was a “not-so-subtle shout-out” that the agency feels “outmanned, outgunned … by their own government.”
The stations to be closed are – Lubbock, Amarillo, Dallas, San Angelo, Abilene and San Antonio. The other three are in Billings, Mont.; Twin Falls, Idaho; and Riverside, Calif.
Opponents say this is part of Obama’s pattern. 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. And after the Supreme Court upheld one plank of Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law last month, 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.
This also brings to mind the question – could this possibly be due to the fact that Texas received money from the feds for border protection, and spent the money on highly armoured boats for the Rio Grande? What next is Obama’s plan, complete open borders?
WE CAN’T TAKE 4 MORE YEARS, VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE…..