Obama to close 9 Border Patrol Stations, alarming local law enforcement, Congress

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.

Critics of the move warn 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.”

But at 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.

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  • m123s

    Article 4, Section 4. of the U.S.Constitution is being violated. There is Judgement on the Land.

  • m123s – you are correct about judgment. I pray for God, the judge, to judge us because when it is done, righteousness will prevail. Judges that follow the rule of law are the “law and order” provided in our constitution. God, the judge, brings truth and justice and His kingdom in earth as it is in heaven. Peace,

  • Nellie CA

    These check points are very important to stop the illegal drugs, human traffic and illegals. There is so many ways that the illegals have found to cross the Mexican borders. We are not safe and Obama is doing exclusive orders and making us less safe with allowing illegals to stay here. The criminals are coming across the borders. Use web page Border Patrol Obama is demoralizing the Military, Border Patrol and police.

  • down with islam

    “Critics of the move warn the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. ” This is exactly what obuttface wants! They’re probably some of his biggest donors and likely pay his-obuttfaceness royalties!