It has been reported by Fox that U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz got into a tense back and forth with agents in Laredo, Texas, Friday, as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas paid a visit.
In video shared with Fox News by a Border Patrol source, Ortiz confirmed that “morale is at an all-time low.”
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“I do think that we’re losing too many agents,” Ortiz said. “As an organization, we gotta start taking care of each other.” Ortiz acknowledged agents’ frustration, with Mayorkas in the room.
“I get it,” Ortiz said. “You come to work, you’re frustrated. You’re upset because you didn’t get the desired outcome that you want. Doesn’t mean you give up.”
“We’re not,” one agent responded.
“I know you’re not,” Ortiz replied. “That’s why I’m saying, we don’t give up. We stay focused, we continue to do the job and the mission that we signed up for. We all signed up for it, we all raised our hand.”
That’s when things got more heated.
“It’s kinda hard to say that when…” one agent began to say.
“It’s not hard to say it,” Ortiz shot back. “It may be hard for you to say it, I’ve been doing this for 31 years. It’s not hard for me to say it.”
Other agents chimed in that “you keep releasing criminal aliens into the country.”
“You’re getting bogged down in the policies and the politics,” Ortiz stressed.
Multiple agents then said agents can’t use the term “illegal aliens.”
“You just said it,” Ortiz replied. “Ain’t nothing gonna happen to you.”
With the agents seemingly still not satisfied with the answers they were getting, Ortiz asked them, “Why are you guys getting caught up in semantics? … I’ve been doing this job as long as y’all.”