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US Rep. Andy Biggs says ‘morale is really low’ among border patrol agents


PHOENIX — Based on what he saw on a recent trip to the Arizona-Mexico border, U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs said “morale is really low” among border patrol agents.

The Arizona Republican told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Thursday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had plenty of technology, such as drones, to patrol the border, but there were two big problems.

“Number one, we’re bleeding border patrol agents,” he said. “The morale is really low. They were the only group in (the Department of Homeland Security) that got a pay cut under the Obama administration.”

The second issue was the behavior of immigrants trying to enter the country illegally.

“They told me that virtually everyone that they are encountering now is belligerent, feisty,” Biggs said.

He explained that this behavior was used to cause distractions that would allow at least some members of a group to get through.

“And the surge is back up again,” he said. “It’s a very severe problem we have down there.”

Biggs said he gives “a 50-50 shot” to the possibility of Congress passing new immigration laws before the midterm elections.

“The problem is that our leadership team keeps trying to assuage everybody,” he said. “So they’ll try to give somebody something, and that pushes somebody off on the other side.”

He’d rather have the opportunity to vote on individual bills instead of large-scale immigration legislation.

“That would do two things,” he said. “It would let us have a chance to pass individual good measures that might actually help.

“Number two, it would let the entire American public know what each one of their representatives believes on each particular item that they’re voting on — more transparency.”

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