Twenty-four hours' worth of Border Patrol radio traffic condensed into just over 14 minutes exposes the reality of the porous southern U.S. border in McAllen, Texas, and provides yet "another piece of evidence" that the surge illegal immigrants flooding the United States is only going to get worse, a Border Patrol agent told TheBlaze.
An illegal immigrant collapses after running from U.S. Border Patrol agents, July 25, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have crossed into the U.S. this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Border Patrol agents along the Rio Grande Valley inundated with migrant children mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala were tracking more than 770 people who had already entered illegally and others who were attempting to cross from Reynosa, Mexico. Immigrants pay human traffickers to get them across the Rio Grande by raft and many also attempt the treacherous swim across.
"We can't keep up with this surge — it's growing faster than our resources allow us," said the Border Patrol agent, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly. "This audio is just another piece of evidence that it's bad. Unless we send them back, it's only going to get worse as the weather cools down."
The roughly 14 minutes of radio traffic, recorded Sunday, reveals the daunting task faced by agents charged with apprehending illegals. The audio, which was uploaded by SecureBorderIntelligence.org, was condensed from a 24-hour time period to expose the level of activity confronting agents on patrol.
The radio traffic was taken in the Rio Grande Valley sector, where it is estimated that 30 percent of it is usually broadcast unencrypted, according to two self-described border investigators, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisal. SecureBorderIntelligence.org is a nonprofit group investigating and reporting on the border.
The Border Patrol "10-codes," — short descriptions for the common phrases used by law enforcement — can be found here.
A 24-hour map of Border Patrol activity in the McAllen, Texas border sector, which has been flooded with illegal immigrant minors, mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The map highlights Border Patrol activity on Sunday. (Image source: SecureBorderIntelligence.org)
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