VIA| President Obama is making life worse, not better, along Arizona’s border with Mexico, Pinal County, Az., Sheriff Paul Babeu said Tuesday.
“He has manipulated the data, had agents assigned to low traffic areas and attempted to quiet dissent by calling those who question his approach as misinformed without offering any evidence to support these allegations,” Babeu said.
A tweet from the Sheriff’s Office was to the point:
Obama Ordering Release of Illegals and BP Leaders Order
Agents to Stay Away from Hot Smuggling Areas
— Pinal County Sheriff (@PinalCSO) March 8, 2016
National Border Patrol Labor Council President Brandon Judd joined Babeu Tuesday.
“We are either going to be a specialized law enforcement agency dedicated to enforcing our nation’s immigration laws or a political arm of the administration,” Judd said.
“The president is bypassing Congress by legislating through policy. These policies in essence are granting amnesty to thousands, if not millions, of persons who enter the country illegally,” he said.
“What we see from this administration is an actual reduction at a time we should be providing more support to secure our border,” Babeu said, noting that illegal immigration is up 25 percent in the first four months of fiscal 2016, including a 102 percent increase in unaccompanied juveniles.
Babeu said 1,500 Border Patrol agents that are mandated by Congress “are not being hired and we see a submission of another 300 Border Patrol agents that are being cut. That’s approaching almost 10 percent of our Border Patrol that is not being added to guard and defend America.”
Babeu said rising terrorism threats make this a dangerous time to leave the border poorly guarded.
“This is a likely avenue of approach for them to come into our unsecure border,” Babeu said. “We should be putting every resource to the border. And instead of threatening the very people who are charged with protecting our country, securing the border, they should be finding ways to further support them.”