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Last Updated: 25 July 2013
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Cuellar: Adding 21,000 Border Patrol agents is dysfunctional

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U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo.

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25 - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar tells Forbes that Congress might be looking at more Border Patrol agents for the southern border but it is not looking to fund the ancillary services associated with extra apprehensions.

His comments are contained in an article entitled, “Why Adding 21,000 Border Patrol Is a Dysfunctional Plan That Will Waste Billions.”

Here is what Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo, said: “I might add that whatever the exorbitance that this cost turns out to be, there is no current funding plans for any of the ancillary services that will be needed with expectations of more apprehensions.

“To meet the increase in Border Patrol more judges, more prosecutors and public defenders, probation officers, federal marshals, new buildings for more courtrooms… and finally more detention centers will be necessary.”

Click here to read all of Cuellar’s comments and the rest of the article.


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