Fresh Border Patrol Agents Arriving in South Texas
After responding to a spike in manpower demand for U.S. Border Patrol agents along the southern Texas boundary with Mexico, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials were pleased to announce that roughly two dozen new agents reported to the Rio Grande Valley Sector. Some border security experts praise the move, but remain concerned about longer-term challenges.
The 20 plus recently deployed serve as part of a larger surge of agents into the region to mitigate reportedly increasing cases of illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking. Breitbart Texas Contributing Editor and border security expert Sylvia Longmire applauded the development but hopes the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency keeps an eye toward the long term.
“It's a great sign that CBP is recognizing the need for reinforcements in south Texas due to the spikes in both drug and human smuggling,” Longmire said. “However, this is not an immediate fix, which is how sometimes DHS paints the assignment of hundreds of new agents to the southwest border.”
Longmire cautioned that fresh agents from academy do not necessarily guarantee a ready force.
“After agents graduate from the academy, they are placed on probationary status for two years and have to work with a partner for that time to essentially learn the ropes of being out in the field,” Longmire added. “They're not truly a force multiplier until later on down the road when they've become more seasoned through experience.”
Federal officials noted that the new recruits would originate from a number of states to include New York, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan. Breitbart Texas recently reported that a number of seasoned agents from California and Arizona would also face reassignments to the area to augment personnel shortages.
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