Border Patrol union questions security, staffing in Hidalgo County
POSTED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 5:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 8:29am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TX (NEWSCENTER 23) — Concerns over Border Patrol security and staffing have raised questions in the past few months, when it comes to border security throughout the valley.
Agent Chris Cabrera is Vice President of National Border Patrol Council Local 3307. Cabrera says, "The trails are getting bigger, higher up will tell you it is under control, but is the farthest thing from under control, if this is under control, I'd hate to see what out of control is."
Cabrera says that the lack of manpower and staffing creates in-efficient security throughout the border, last month a recent incident between Hidalgo and Sullivan City took place, leaving a big part of the Rio Grande valley virtually unguarded.
Cabrera says, "You know 400-500 people coming through our stations over the weekend and that is just what we are catching, who knows, who else goes through, who knows what is getting by. "
And that's why it's crucial that Border Patrol have enough man power, staffing, and security to keep our borders safe, a job that for many patrol agents can even be dangerous.
Cabrera says, "Border patrolling is a dangerous job to begin with, once you start taking people out of the field you make it that much more dangerous for those inside the field. "
Cabrera says that sadly the situation is becoming worse, especially since furloughs stemming from the sequester cuts are set to kick in.