As Senators in Washington D.C. prepare to roll out a new immigration reform package, promising border security before amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States, Texas Border Patrol officials and border watch groups are seeing an uptick in illegal foot traffic similar to the scene in Arizona over the past few months.
"When I hear Janet Napolitano say the border is secure, I just laugh because she has no idea what we go through on daily basis," a Border Patrol agent stationed near Laredo, Texas tells Townhall. "Now with Washington coming back and saying we're going to have you use less equipment and more furloughs and on top of that we're going to stretch your shifts, there's no way we can ever secure the border."
Although the decision to furlough agents and cut manpower on the border is being reconsidered, a final decision has not been made. At this point, upper management has given themselves a pay raise while agents working the border scramble to stretch resources as illegal immigrants take advantage of the security lapse.
"I don't want to throw my supervisors under the bus but they're pressured to skew the recorded apprehension numbers.... Our apprehension numbers are up 33% from the previous year. Assaults on agents are also on the highest rate ever witnessed and are climbing," the agent said. "Washington isn't making it easier for us that's for sure."
Currently, there are 13,000 more police officers working in New York City than there are Border Patrol agents working the 2,000 mile stretch of land with Mexico between California and Texas. Recently, Washington politicians and agency heads, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, have stated an immigration deal should not be contingent on a secure border, often claiming the border can never been fully secured.