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Border Protection officials are continuing to highlight the crisis that is gripping the southern border of the United States.
During testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee today, U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch told senators that the situation is worse than ever.
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“In my 30 years as an agent, I have never witnessed the conditions we are currently facing on the southwest border,” Karisch said.
“This is not a manufactured crisis created by those of us who live and work in the border area. Border patrol continues to apprehend record numbers of people who purposely violate U.S. immigration laws, we are taken advantage of by gaps in our legal framework that undermine the rule of law,” he told the committee.
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“Criminal organizations along the border capitalize on these issues and make tremendous profits at the expense of both migrants and the American people.
Karisch said the RGV sector is relatively small, but accounts for 38 percent of all illegal immigration along the southwest border.
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He anticipates his sector alone will see 260,000 apprehensions this fiscal year.
RGV agents apprehend 1,000 illegals every day, he told senators, the equivalent of “17 commercial buses.”
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