(Patriot.Buzz) – In the face of an acute surge in illegal immigration, the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol in Arizona has suspended all training activities, as per an internal agency email.
This decision comes amidst an intense influx of migrants in the area, which has already necessitated additional personnel from other parts of the sector.
The internal memo received by agents highlights the gravity of the situation, acknowledging the importance of training for their “mental and physical readiness.”
However, the overwhelming challenges posed by the current surge have led to the cancellation of all training, including Use of Force, Firearms Qualifications, and K9, for the remainder of the week. Additionally, the agency has closed a highway checkpoint for vehicle inspections.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a statement emphasizing that field leaders are responsible for prioritizing and allocating personnel and resources under their command. This statement reflects the dynamic and challenging nature of border security operations.
Approximately 4,600 illegal migrants were recently in custody in the Tucson sector, with nearly 20,000 detained nationwide, according to two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials who disclosed the information under the condition of anonymity.
Grappling with the surge, the Tucson Border Patrol announced the temporary suspension of its social media activities. John Modlin, Chief Patrol Agent of the Tucson Sector, conveyed the need for all available personnel to address this “unprecedented flow,” stating that the social media team would resume once the situation permits.
The operational shift has had a considerable impact on the agents. Speaking anonymously, one agent revealed that personnel have been redirected from frontline duties to primarily process and transport migrants.
This shift has severely affected agency morale, with one agent expressing deep frustration: “The last thread of morale we have is gone. If I didn’t have so many years of service, I’d bolt. I love my job when I’m able to do it tracking groups, being on the ATV unit, but this administration has killed that.”
Another agent echoed this sentiment, highlighting concerns about national security: “It’s extremely frustrating. Our national security is non-existent.” These statements underscore the complex challenges Border Patrol agents face in balancing operational duties with the demands of an escalating migration crisis.