With the recent El Paso visits of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, many national leaders’ emphasis on border security continues. Last week, Cruz showed support for the wall and emphasized the importance of U.S. Border Patrol agents while Sessions called the border “ground zero” against cartels during his April visit.
The idea of taking such measures worry UTEP’s Center for Inter-American and Border Studies director Josiah Heyman and Christian Ramirez, director of the San Diego-based Southern Border Communities Coalition. The two authored a report released in April called “Why Caution is Needed Before Hiring Additional Border Patrol Agents and ICE Officers.”
“Without proper oversight for Customs and Border Protection, this will create much more tension between border communities and the largest law enforcement agency in the United States,” Ramirez said. “We will further erode the trust that’s needed between the people in these communities and agents.”
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