Border Patrol Union wants more resources to help agents, immigrants

El Paso News

The Border Patrol Union says they want more resources to help agents deal with the influx of immigrants.

Right now the union says the facilities are way over capacity, as too many immigrants are being held in the Border Patrol stations.

The President of the El Paso Border Patrol Union, Jose Frescas, was out in Lordsburg as lawmakers toured the facility on Tuesday. He said agents do need help to keep both themselves and the immigrants safe.

Earlier this month Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died while in Border Patrol custody. Government officials said she had been without food and water for a long period of time, but her father has disputed that claim.

“If we can help in anyway to show how difficult it is for what Border Patrol agents do especially in the boot heel of New Mexico, we’re willing to do so,” Frescas said. “It’s hard to say how to prevent another death, but we need to fund our operations. We need to start looking at what resources Border Patrol agents need. We need to double our man power just in our local, our area.”

He said that there are not enough agents in the field and some of the vehicles are not well equipped or with proper radio communications. 

The union members say they are hopeful congress will act to make effective changes such as giving agents the resources they need.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Hispanic caucus is calling for an independent investigation.

The Border Patrol Union says Congress has a right to investigate the circumstances of the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal.

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