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Border Patrol Implements 'Fuel Conservation' In Texas

June 17, 2013  | 

Budget cuts have hampered the U.S. Border Patrol's work in its busiest sector on the Southwest border, agents said Friday, with the agency introducing fuel conservation measures in the Rio Grande Valley that have agents patrolling on foot and doubling up in vehicles.

The Border Patrol instituted the changes after the across-the-board government spending cuts known as sequestration. The constraints come as Congress moves deeper into the debate over comprehensive immigration reform and Republican legislators push for stronger border security components as a precursor to any path to citizenship for immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

The Rio Grande Valley sector—a stretch of border from Brownsville to Laredo on the southernmost tip of Texas—has become the agency's hottest area along the border. The Border Patrol’s arrests of people trying to cross the border illegally jumped 65 percent in that area last year. At the end of May, sector Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said agents had already made more than 90,000 apprehensions in the first eight months of the fiscal year, a 50 percent increase over the same period last year.

Read the full Associated Press story.

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kilrbc @ 6/17/2013 1:22 PM

What happened to our government fixing the budget problems? Where is our president and why is he not leading congress to a solution...
Maybe if we charge admission to enter the country...

Robert @ 6/17/2013 6:52 PM

No joke here, I work in the RGV sector. You think your southern border is secure? It is not. We are restricted in our gas usage, and that translates into a large area of our AOR not being patrolled. We are talking about 35 to 40 miles of severely under patrolled river and roads. Gotaways are increasing, but there is nobody there to count the gotaways, so they are not being reported. You guys have no idea on how bad it is. I would tell you more about it, but then I would be accused of releasing sensitive information and I would get slammed.

[email protected] @ 6/17/2013 7:34 PM

First: kilrbc, We do not have a president and he is not a leader, more of a magican. All smoke & distractions. Second: Robert, I understand completely what you guys on the line are up against. I'll bet the cartels don't have a fuel or money problem, even after paying off our politicans. Instead of cutting back we should be expanding our protection and actually enforcing the laws already in place, a plan that the DOJ dislikes tremendously as proven by their constant attempts to discredit LEOs who try to halt the flow of illegals into this country. Blues, and Tans, Stay Safe.

Troop @ 6/17/2013 11:01 PM

Border protection is last on Obama's list. Stay safe Border Patrol.

Robert Hilsman, M.D. @ 6/18/2013 2:15 AM

They're all trying to get across to beat the amnesty program. Crossing as Fast and Furiously as they can. Same nonsense as with TSA 'slowdowns' and air traffic controllers; if enough noise is made about it, congress and the POTUS will be embarrassed into doing something about it--SO PLEASE SPEAK UP-especially to the press. The press is actually doing less ass-kissing once they discovered they were being tracked as well.....

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