Yesterday morning, Breitbart reported that leaked FBI documents “reveal that 7,712 terrorist encounters occurred within the United States in one year and that many of those encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border.” Fox News is also reporting that according to a DHS report, a person attempting to enter the US illegally will have a 51.6% chance of successfully evading apprehension. No one should be surprised by these numbers. For years now, we have been saying this to anyone who will listen.
Our agents have testified to Congress that DHS and CBP have inflated the apprehension rate and minimized the arrests of individuals from countries of "special interest." We have told this to reporters from coast to coast. We have discussed it in depth on our radio program, The Green Line. However, the Administration has been either too proud or too afraid to admit the border remains porous and unsecured.
Being right is important because it demonstrates credibility. However, just being right does not get the job done. If we are going to protect our communities, we must have the courage to be honest with the American people. The American public is demanding security. We will never be able to provide them that security if we are too insecure to admit that too many people, from unknown origins, are crossing the border too freely. When we recognize there is a problem, it only enables us to get better.
Americans will accept honesty, but they will not and should not allow the Agency’s continued unwillingness to act. Today, we repeat our calls for openness, integrity, and honesty so that we can do the job the public demands of us. It takes courage to have faith that people will understand we are not perfect. The NBPC has the courage and the confidence that, when given the tools, resources, and support to secure the border, our agents will get the job done.
For 780 days, Border Patrol agents nationwide have worked to honor one of their fallen brothers, Javier Vega, Jr., who was murdered on August 3, 2014 by two previously deported illegal aliens. Today that vigil ends as the United States Border Patrol declares the murder of Javier Vega, Jr. a line of duty death. Border Patrol Agent Vega's name will be enshrined at the Customs and Border Protection Valor Memorial so all that visit that sacred spot will know of his sacrifice.
This has been a very difficult time for his family, friends, and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them as does our support.
We would like to thank Local 3307, the National Border Patrol Council, Senator Cornyn, Senator McCain, Rep. Vela, Rep. McCaul, Rep. Carter, and the countless Border Patrol agents and citizens who supported this cause from the beginning. Thank you to Chief Morgan and the United States Border Patrol for looking at this situation anew and classifying it as a line of duty death.
Contrary to rumors that have been circulating recently, no settlement monies have been received or disbursed. It is estimated by the law firm that handled the case, that it could be several more weeks before funds are received.
As soon as funds are received they will be promptly distributed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
History will not look kindly on President Obama’s border security policies and his conscientious efforts to mislead the American people. Historians may refer to this period as the “Era of No Consequences,” which resulted in the increase of dangerous drugs like meth and heroin, as well as criminal aliens flooding our communities. Obama’s efforts to deceive the American public about border security, in order to pursue amnesty programs that were eventually rejected by Congress and the American people will go down as this Administration’s biggest -- and deadliest -- lie.
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd called Secretary Clinton decision to give illegal immigrant Astrid Silva a national stage poor judgment and reckless. Flaunting the breaking of our nation’s immigrations laws will only encourage additional illegal immigration and further endanger agents. It is puzzling that as Americans grow more anxious about their security in light of terrorist attacks at home and abroad, the DNC and Secretary Clinton glorify lawlessness.
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