Following President Donald Trump’s Thursday trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz told “Fox & Friends” on Friday his agents at the Rio Grande Valley Sector need more infrastructure and resources — and he told anyone who says otherwise to take a walk in his shoes.
With just 55 miles of fence, Ortiz expressed his desire for 120 more miles of fence “in order to properly patrol his border” and called for an increase in agents.
“Right now, we would like to see about another 120 miles of fencing in this sector alone,” he said. “We’ve got 277 miles of river country. It winds an awful lot, but if we were able to get the infrastructure, a few more agents and certainly the technology, I like our chances against the transnational criminal organizations out there.”
“What I say to anybody who says we don’t need those things, come walk in my shoes,” he bluntly added.
Watch his comments below:
During a briefing at Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the Trump administration’s commitment to making sure agents are able to keep our border secure.
With him, he brought words of encouragement from the president and a reminder of all they keep safe: “You have no idea how much you are loved by the American people.”
“We are with you,” he told them. “And we are going to continue to stand with you until you have the resources and the reforms to do your job. That is my pledge.”
Watch his remarks below:
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On Thursday, President Trump arrived at the southern border in McAllen, Texas, where he met with law enforcement officers, border state senators, border security experts, and the families of victims of illegal immigrant crime to gain information on what he has called a “humanitarian crisis.”
While there, he attended a roundtable on immigration and expressed his continued support for border patrol agents and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers.
“You take some much abuse from people who don’t know what they’re talking about,” he told them. “I just want to say you have a friend with this administration and you have a friend with me. Nobody does a better job.”