George Rodriguez: Border Patrol union: At least 5,000 more agents needed to guard the border

George Rodriguez: Border Patrol union: At least 5,000 more agents needed to guard the border

The U.S. Border Patrol needs more boots on the ground and fewer supervisors. That’s what the head of the United States Border Patrol union told a congressional committee is needed for the understaffed and outgunned federal agency grappling with the threat that violence south of the Rio Grande will spread north. Some advocacy groups aren’t so sure. They point to the increase in alleged abuse and corruption at the hands of Border Patrol agents when their numbers were nearly doubled from about 10,800 in 2004 to 21,400 in 2013.

Border Patrol union: At least 5,000 more agents needed to guard the border
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