CNN July 9, 2012 by Carol Cratty
Washington (CNN) -- Nine Border Patrol stations will be closed within the next six months to move 41 agents closer to the southern and northern borders, according to a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
CBP Spokesman Bill Brooks said the interior stations that will be shut are in some instances hundreds of miles from a border. He said the decision is in keeping with a strategy to use resources wisely and "increasingly concentrate our resources on the border..."
Brooks said the decision has been in the works for some time, but local officials and the media are now being notified. He said the move was not influenced by any recent news events involving immigration.
There will be a budget savings of $1.3 million a year when the nine posts are closed, according to Brooks.
Administration officials have said regular apprehensions of illegal border crossers are at their lowest levels in decades, indicating the administration's border strategy is succeeding. That view is not echoed by some in Congress.
The story only makes sense in that the whole strategy of the Obama Regime and the Bush Administration that proceeded it was not to arrest to many illegal aliens. Brooks is correct, closing interior Border Patrol Stations did not originate with the Obama Regime, Bush started the strategy of closing interior stations. Probably next to go are the interior checkpoints such as those at San Clemente.
With a decline in border arrests though the correct response should have been expanding and augmenting interior stations and sectors, as well as rebuilding those that were abandoned under Bush, such as the Livermore Sector, decommissioned in 2004, or redeploying Border Patrol Agents to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices and CBP Districts.