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  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 “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?




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