Feds Dramatically Reduce Border Surveillance as Number of Illegal Crossings Climb

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.

In a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the lawmakers said the cut to a requested 3,850 hours of aerial detection and monitoring in 2016 amounts to 50 percent less coverage than recent years.

“Given the recent surge of migrants from Central America and Cuba along the southern border, we believe DHS should request more surveillance and security resources, not fewer,” Abbott and Cuellar wrote in a letter.

The pair also reminded Johnson that in September, Abbott’s office asked the DHS for more aerial resources and U.S. Border Patrol agents but that the request was never acknowledged . . .

Monday’s request comes as CBP is reporting a new surge in the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the Rio Grande. From October to December of 2015, about 10,560 unaccompanied minors entered Texas illegally through the Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S. Border Patrol. That marks a 115 percent increase over the same time frame in 2014. The amount of family units, defined as at least one child and adult guardian or parent, has increased by 170 percent to 14,336 in the Rio Grande Valley. (Read more from “Feds Dramatically Reduce Border Surveillance as Number of Illegal Crossings Climb” HERE)

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  • 4freedom

    I weep for this country.

  • Loretta

    Why don’t they go one step further and hae buses lined up along the border to take the insurgents to wherever they want to go and of course food water health care and we the taxpayers willl be more than glad to pay for all this. Nuts is nuts

  • Bill Meeker

    It’s about stats. If you want the unemployment numbers to go down, increase the numbers on welfare and that reduces the number looking for a job. Same on numbers illegally entering the country. To give the appearance of a decrease in illegal entries, reduce the number of border patrol agents and if that doesn’t decrease it enough … blindfold them or direct them not to report.

  • pFeather

    Hussein Obama is assuring America’s destruction on his way out of office with this downgrade of border security. If anything he should be increasing border security. January 20, 2017 can’t come quick enough and we’ll be rid of the nightmare that has been Hussein Obama.

    • RWS

      Let’s hope that the nightmare isn’t continued under another’s name!