A border patrol agent has testified that the Department of Homeland Security is deliberately fudging data to hoodwink the American public into believing that the border is secure, when in reality it is overrun, with 60 percent of all illegal crossers going uncaptured.
“I want to be crystal clear – the border is not secure,” border agent Chris Cabrera told the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday.
“Ask any line agent in the field and he or she will tell you that at best we apprehend 35 to 40 percent of the illegal immigrants attempting to cross. This number is even lower for drug smugglers who are much more adept at eluding capture.” Cabrera added.
Cabrera, also vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, claimed that Congress is being repeatedly misled by the DHS. He noted that while stats show that up to 75 percent of illegal border crossers are apprehended, the figures are part of an effort to “manipulate the statistics.”
“Today if I see 20 or more footprints in the sand a supervisor must come to my location and ‘verify’ the number of footprints,” he said. “I guess that after 13 years in the field I must have lost the ability to count.”
Cabrera also shockingly claimed that border patrol agents are often punished if they report groups of illegals numbering more than 20.
“Agents who repeatedly report groups larger than 20 face retribution,” he said. “Management will either take them out of the field and assign them to processing detainees at the station or assign them to a fixed position in low volume areas as punishment.”
“Needless to say agents got the message and now stay below this 20 person threshold no matter the actual size of the group,” he added.
Cabrera also declared that the border situation has become exponentially worse over the past four years, with drug cartels becoming stronger and more emboldened.
“When cartel members are brazenly firing automatic weapons at federal law enforcement agents, the border is not secure ladies and gentlemen,” Cabrera said. “This was in 2011 and since that time things in the Rio Grande Sector have only deteriorated.”
Cabrera advised that the only way to stabilise the situation would be to add 5,000 new border agents, with 3500 at the southern border, and the rest at the northern border. There are currently 21,000 border agents in operation.
Cabrera also said more training is needed, and less supervising officers are required. He noted that currently, there is one supervisor for every four field agents, making the agency too top heavy. Cabrera said one supervisor for every 10 agents would enable the agency to work more efficiently.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.