U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced nine Border Patrol stations will be closed within the next six months to move 41 agents closer to the southern and northern borders.
They say decision is so they can use resources wisely and "increasingly concentrate our resources on the border."
Most of the stations slated to close are in Texas, including in Abiilene. Others include San Angelo, Dallas, San Antonio, Lubbock, Amarillo, Billings, Montana, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Riverside, Calif.
Not everyone agrees with the decision. The Federation for American Immigration Reform said the interior stations are a needed "second line of defense" to track down and apprehend illegal immigrants who make it past international borders and into heavily traveled corridors in the United States.
There will be a budget savings of $1.3 million a year when the nine posts are closed.
Administration officials have said regular apprehensions of illegal border crossers are at their lowest levels in decades, indicating the administration's border strategy is succeeding. That view is not echoed by some in Congress.