Taylor County sheriff, lawmakers react to U.S. Border Patrol closings
Throughout the nation nine border patrol stations will pack up and move closer to the border.
Six are in Texas, including offices in Abilene and San Angelo.
A spokesman from the Regional Border Patrol Office in Del Rio told KTXS the move comes after the U.S. Border Patrol decided personnel would be more effective closer to the border.
But, the transition will impact other law enforcement agencies who depend on their services.
"We do feel the inconvenience and we may see a long term effect because Industrial Boulevard is a lot closer than Del Rio," Taylor County Sheriff Les Bruce said.
"If there is a problem and we suspect someone is in the U.S. illegally, then it's simply a phone call to the Border Patrol," said Bruce.
Tuesday, Congressmen Randy Neugebauer, Mac Thornberry and Mike Conaway also expressed concern in closing the Texas offices, where more than 700 illegal immigrants have been detained.
In a letter sent to U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher, Neugebauer said "the Department of Homeland Security hasn't demonstrated that sending additional people to the border will be a more efficient use of resources than maintaining a presence further north."
According to the regional office in Del Rio, the offices are expected to close in roughly six months.
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