The U.S. Border Patrol is closing nine stations. Six are in Texas and one in Abilene.
According to a border patrol statement, the closings are part of a plan to reallocate resources to immediate border areas to increase efficiency.
The closures will take place within the next six months so 41 agents can be relocated.
The full list of closures includes:
*- Abilene, Texas
*- San Angelo, Texas
*- Lubbock, Texas
*- Billings, Montana
*- Twin Falls, Idaho
*- Riverside, Calif.
A border patrol spokesman told KTXS Tuesday the stations could be re-opened in the future.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol statement:
"In order to accomplish its mission more efficiently and to use its personnel more effectively, Customs and Border Protection has increasingly concentrated its resources in the immediate border areas. These deactivations are consistent with the strategic goal of securing America’s borders, and our objective of increasing and sustaining the certainty of arrest of those trying to enter our country illegally. By redeploying and reallocating resources at or near the border, CBP will maximize the effectiveness of its enforcement mandate and align our investments with our mission."