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Closure of Border Patrol stations across four states triggers alarm

Categories: Issues: Immigration
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Published on: July 11, 2012

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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.

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