President Trump has recently decided to hire 15,000 new agents for the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the agencies are welcoming the decision with open arms.
Trump’s reasoning behind the new hires is to aid immigration officers from being outnumbered by illegal immigrants and border crossers.
On Wednesday, ICE union president Chris Crane applauded Trump’s move in a testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:
“During my career at ICE I have never had the opportunity to commend a sitting U.S. president, or DHS secretary, but I’m doing so today. Amidst all the hammering from the media, and protests from special interest groups, President Trump and Secretary (John) Kelly haven’t wavered, but instead continued steadfast in their support of the rule of law and our officers in the field.
“Currently ERO has around 5,000 officers to police approximately 11 million illegal aliens, as well as millions of other lawfully admitted foreign nationals, in 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are set up for failure. Compare ICE ERO’s 5,000 officers to the approximately 35,000 officers on the New York City Police Department alone.”
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, also wrote to the committee about the agency being 1,743 agents short in order to properly function:
“The congressionally mandated floor for manpower at Border Patrol is 21,370 agents. We are currently 1,743 agents below this floor. To put this figure in perspective, 1,743 agents is about the size of the St. Louis Police Department and slightly smaller than the Milwaukee Police Department. This lack of manpower is already impacting our operations and the smuggling cartels are exploiting the fact we do not have full coverage.”
In total, Trump will be granting ICE 10,000 new agents and the Border Patrol 5,000 new agents. Committee chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson says Trump’s extraordinary move to enhance these agencies will be a game-changer on the issue of illegal immigration:
“Beyond improved morale, early data might indicate that the president and Secretary Kelly’s tough stance on security could be resulting in fewer attempts to break our laws and enter this country illegally. In February alone, apprehensions at the southwest border decreased 40 percent—from 31,578 in January to 18,762 in February This is noteworthy because apprehensions usually spike in February.”
H/T: Washington Examiner
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