Kerlikowske’s see-something-say-nothing approach weakens border security.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil R. Kerlikowske presented testimony before the House Appropriations Committee that was riddled with half-truths and included at least one outright lie.
“Border Patrol agents do not turn every individual we arrest over to ICE,” said Brandon Judd, NBPC president. “Under the Prosecutorial Discretion guidelines, we walk a great many illegal aliens out our front door without them even being interviewed by ICE. In these cases we don’t even refer these individuals via a notice to appear to see a judge, the lawful proceeding that allows a person to show cause for why they should be allowed to remain. We simply let them go and pretend they were never in our custody.”
Judd added: “The commissioner and I have serious disagreements on border security. He believes that amnesty programs like DAPA, DACA and ‘catch and release’ are the right approach. However, what we have seen is that these programs are only adding to the crisis, as illegal immigrants believe they are going to be allowed to stay.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shawn Moran
(855) 278-6466 Ext 806
NBPC president calls DHS budget “ A Break from Reality”
Cutting 300 Agents Defies Logic
(Feb. 25, 2016) — Americans have been demanding stronger border security for far too long. But at a time of increased threats from ISIS and domestic terrorists, not to mention a flood of unaccompanied minors and family units, the administration’s DHS budget recommendations call for a reduction of 300 agents in FY 2017.
This defies logic, says Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council. “Only at DHS can it make sense to reduce Border Patrol agents when our nation is facing threats from foreign and domestic terrorists, our communities are battling a heroin epidemic, and drug cartels are getting more violent as they battle to get their dangerous drugs and contraband into our country.
Today, AFGE announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. It is a decision that will please many of its members, but will displease a lot of Border Patrol agents.