Posted: Mar 26, 2014 5:09 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2014 6:34 PM
WESLACO - Some Border Patrol agents say they are frustrated with the situation along the border.
The comments come one day after CHANNEL 5 NEWS exposed the release of some illegal immigrants.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS discovered more than a dozen mothers and children at the Harlingen bus station. The immigrants said authorities left them there because Border Patrol didn't have room for them in their holding cells.
Representatives with the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 said agents are frustrated with the releases.
The vice-president of the local chapter sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS the following statement about the releases:
"Rank and file Border Patrol Agents are frustrated with the catch and release process as a whole. It seems to be a quick fix to alleviate the overcrowding issue yet it is causing greater issues. Illegals will continue to cross and strain the system in order to exploit the weaknesses in the system.
Our Nation's Borders are not secure despite what some will try and have you believe. Countless hours are spent on these issues, yet who knows what we are not catching. How many violent criminals are getting through the lines, exploiting the weakness caused by the mass influx of what some label as a low threat?
Our agents work tirelessly to secure our Nation's Borders only to see countless illegal aliens released with nothing more than a halfhearted promise to appear in court. The Union has received many calls from agents who are sick and tired of seeing this take place.
The Border Patrol has sent reinforcements to the area to help alleviate the pressure, but more is needed. More detention space and agents on the ground are needed, as well as pay reform to save the Border Patrol money and freeing up agents to get back in the field."