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Watch: Sector Border Patrol Chief Sets Wall Critics Straight: 'Come Walk in My Shoes'

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Think that the Democrats’ plan for border security is sufficient? Rio Grande Valley Sector acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz would like you to walk in his shoes and see what he sees.

Ortiz appeared on “Fox & Friends” Friday and said that agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector need more resources to keep up with illegal border crossings.

“We have two corridors in south Texas, our eastern corridor and our western corridor,” Ortiz said.

“Our eastern corridor — we account for about 4 percent of our traffic, and on our western side accounts for about 96 percent of our traffic that comes through the Rio Grande Valley.”

One of the reasons why the disparity is so great might not surprise you.

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“Most of our fencing is on the eastern side, we have some technology over there an awful lot.”

Back in the 1990s, Ortiz said, the eastern area was “the busiest area in the country.”

On the western side, there’s currently 55 miles of fence. Ortiz says he wants another 120 miles.

“We’ve got 277 miles of river country, it winds an awful lot,” he told Fox News. “But if we were able to get the infrastructure, a few more agents and certainly the technology, I like our chances against the transnational criminal organizations out there.”

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“What I say to anybody who says we don’t need those things, come walk in my shoes,” he added.

Ortiz isn’t the only Border Patrol figure saying that more fencing is needed. In a series of appearances on Fox News earlier this week, former President Obama’s Border Patrol head also backed up President Trump’s take on the wall.

“The president is right, the president of (National) Border Control Council is right,” Mark Morgan said in an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show.

“The other day when they had the national press conference and they got up and they said, ‘The wall works,’ they are right, and it’s not based on a personal, political ideology,” he added. “That’s based on historical data and facts that can be proven.”

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And why do people oppose walls? “I think it’s a political point they are trying to make,” Morgan said.

In another appearance, he pushed back on the idea that the border problem was a “manufactured crisis.”

“Anybody who says that, Tucker, is misinformed,” Morgan said. “And they’re misleading the American people.”

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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