Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske earlier today announced Mark Morgan as the new Chief of the United States Border Patrol. Chief Morgan is a 20-year veteran of the FBI and has held positions in local law enforcement as well. While we are disappointed that Commissioner Kerlikowske chose to break with 92 years of tradition and pass over several highly qualified candidates from within the Border Patrol, we look forward to working with Chief Morgan on the important issues and policies affecting the United States Border Patrol.
We would ask Chief Morgan to remember that the men and women working on the border everyday are the real experts in border security, and that it would behoove him to hear and act upon their concerns and suggestions. This is an agency with a long tradition of service and a commitment to its mission that has few parallels. The Border Patrol has a unique mission that is reflected in its culture and we realize it will be difficult for an outsider to quickly gain the trust and respect of his subordinates. We hope that Chief Morgan will quickly overcome this hurdle and develop a good working relationship with both the senior leadership and the rank and file of the US Border Patrol. It can be done but it will depend upon the deeds of Chief Morgan, not his words.
Chief Morgan has been entrusted with the leadership of a proud organization that has long been under fire both from outside parties and from within Customs and Border Protection. We hope that Chief Morgan will be a strong advocate for Border Patrol agents and champion their safety and their ability to effectively enforce the laws of the United States. Should that situation fail to materialize, the National Border Patrol Council will not pause in its mission to bring the truth about the border to light or as the voice of 16,500 Border Patrol agents.
Finally, we want to thank Deputy Chief Ron Vitiello for his leadership during this interim period. Deputy Chief Vitiello has served as an example of what all law enforcement managers should strive to be: a fair, competent leader who took care of his people while accomplishing the mission.
The National Border Patrol Council would like to commend Customs and Border Protection for approving two Resident Agent positions in the Del Rio Sector. These agents will be stationed in Abilene, Texas. These positions will improve border security by reducing response times, increasing Border Patrol presence, and developing strategic partnerships with law enforcement and other community groups.
Media outlets across the nation are starting to report the truth behind President Obama’s record on immigration and border security. Unfortunately for the Administration, their record does not support their rhetoric. In fact, it is more in line with the “Borderless World” Secretary Kerry promoted in his recent commencement address at Northeastern University. Recent reporting has proven that during this Presidency, few were held accountable for violating our immigration laws, criminals were released into the U.S. at alarming numbers, and American lives were put at risk as dangerous drugs flooded our cities.
This week on the Green Line, Emmy Award-winning Fox News reporter William La Jeunesse joins our hosts. He will discuss his investigative reporting into this Administration’s true record on deportation and securing the border. Mr La Jeunesse has been one of the leaders in questioning the President’s immigration record. He has toured the Southwest border extensively and joins us to discuss his experience, and how difficult it is to get information from what President Obama guaranteed would be the “most transparent administration in history.”
Recently, The Boston Globe joined the growing list of media outlets critical of the President’s policies. They report that DHS released thousands of people with criminal records. The Globe reports that in New England alone, 323 criminals were released from 2008 to 2012 and as “many as 30 percent committed new offenses, including rape, attempted murder, and child molestation — a rate that is markedly higher than Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have suggested to Congress in the past.”
Host Shawn Moran said, “the administration is again caught misleading the public on the dangerous people they have released into the U.S. The Boston Globe’s report demonstrates how President Obama’s policies put every family at risk. It is unthinkable that thousands of people could have been spared the trauma of experiencing to a violent crime if we had only enforced the law.”
In April, the Los Angeles Times broke down the myth that President Obama was tough on deporting illegal immigrants. The newspaper reported “immigrants living illegally in most of the continental U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama came to office.” They report 8 out of 10 caught at the border are allowed to stay. The report also says deportations of those living in the U.S. are 40 percent lower, and at a nine year low.
Co-host Chris Cabrera said, this is consistent with our experiences in the field, and with what we have been saying to Congress, the Administration and the public. It will be interesting to see how Commissioner Kerlikowske and the Administration react to the truth finally being told. When the Administration fails to hold people accountable for breaking the law, they are in fact condoning this behavior and putting the safety of every person at risk”
Art Del Cueto said “recent reporting demonstrates how this Administration refuses to believe we live in dangerous times. They are determined to create what Secretary Kerry called a “Borderless World,” regardless of public demands for a secure border.”
Hosts and active-duty Border Patrol agents Shawn Moran, Chris Cabrera and Art Del Cueto lead the discussion and ask the tough questions. The Green Line airs Sunday June 11, 2016, at 7am (PST) on KVOI The Voice 1030 AM. It can also be streamed live on KVOI.COM.
On June 9, 2016, a Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent assigned to the Yuma Station was involved in a deadly use of force shooting incident. One suspect is confirmed deceased as a result of shots fired by the Border Patrol agent defending himself.
A group of illegal aliens had been taken into custody by the Border Patrol agent and were awaiting transport to a Border Patrol station when one illegal alien began assaulting the agent. The suspect viciously and repeatedly attacked the agent causing injuries to his head, face, and limbs.
Due to this brazen assault, the Border Patrol agent had no choice but to defend himself or else face an ongoing violent assault. The suspect was wounded and eventually succumbed to his wounds at Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC). The Border Patrol agent was also transported to YRMC and treated for multiple injuries.
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd stated, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured agent for a speedy recovery from his injuries. This incident speaks to the very real dangers that Border Patrol agents face every day from the criminals illegally crossing our borders. Border Patrol agents must continue to have the training, equipment, and ability to defend themselves in the face of these lethal threats.”