Closure of Border Patrol stations across four states triggers alarm

Judson Berger

The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves.

Critics of the move warn the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Though the affected stations are scattered throughout northern and central Texas, and three other states, the coverage areas still see plenty of illegal immigrant activity — one soon-to-be-shuttered station in Amarillo, Texas, is right in the middle of the I-40 corridor; another in Riverside, Calif., is outside Los Angeles.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it’s closing the stations in order to reassign agents to high-priority areas closer to the border…

…The following Border Patrol stations are set for closure:

Texas: Lubbock, Amarillo, Dallas, San Angelo, Abilene and San Antonio.

Idaho: Twin Falls

Montana: Billings

California: Riverside

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