I joined my Texas colleagues Mac Thornberry (TX-13) and Mike Conaway (TX-11) last week in sending a letter to U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher to express our concern with the Border Patrol's announcement to close nine interior Border Patrol stations, including those in Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo and Abilene. Each agent at these four stations apprehended an average of 142 illegal aliens this year. Amarillo and Lubbock made 638 apprehensions this year alone, and the San Angelo and Abilene stations play a vital role in patrolling the Del Rio Sector.
Border security is of the utmost importance to our country. But if interior stations are arresting hundreds of illegal immigrants in our country, the Department of Homeland Security must demonstrate that sending additional resources to the border will be a more efficient use of resources than maintaining a presence further north. I'd like to see numbers that reassure me that this strategy change won't ultimately result in fewer arrests.