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Randy Mancini 4 Mar 15
US Border Patrol agents carry out special operations near the US-Mexico border fence following the first fatal shooting of a US Border Patrol agent in more than a decade on July 30, 2009 near the rural town of Campo, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California. 30-year-old agent Robert Rosas was killed on July 23 when he tracked a suspicious group of people alone in remote brushy hills north of the border in this region. Violence has been escalating in Mexico with fights between well-armed drug cartels and the army becoming common since Mexican President Felipe Calderon began his army-backed war on the cartels. Since the conflict began in late 2006, 12,800 people have been killed. Mexican officials charge that guns which are easily smuggled in from the US have flooded into Mexico where gun laws are strict. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

OAN Roy Francis
UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Republican members of the House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing on the border crisis on Wednesday.

The GOP members decided to hold the second border security-related congressional hearing in McAllen, Texas. The decision was made in order to hear directly from border patrol officials and families that have been impacted by the border crisis.

Representative Mark Green (R-Tenn.) the chair of the committee, blamed the current administration for violating laws that were written by Congress and signed by former President Donald Trump.

“It’s clear to me this secretary of DHS wants nothing more than to flood the country with people,” Green said. “The problem with that is, it’s empowered the narco-human trafficking, terrorist cartels.”

United States Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz testified before the committee early on Wednesday, refuting much of what Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has stated.

Ortiz testified that the border in that area has seen over 9,000 migrant encounters this year. He went on to further express his concerns for his officers by pointing out that in 2022, 17 CBP officers had died by suicide.

He also testified that the government does not have operational control over the border, contrary to what Secretary Mayorkas has previously claimed. However, the Border Patrol chief said that he has worked with Mayorkas to increase the consequences for “criminal aliens.” He also said that border agents have apprehended more criminal aliens in the last 24 months than ever before.

Ortiz ended his testimony by saying that the Border Patrol desperately needs more officers on the front lines in order to effectively do their jobs.

Sheriff Brad Coe of Kinney County, Texas also testified saying that the area he works in is “under siege by illegal immigrants.”

“My office has six full-time deputies and eight part-time to cover the 1,370 square miles of the county. This causes large areas of the county to go unpatrolled,” Coe testified.

None of the Democrat members of the committee made the trip to Texas. Democrats have said that the reason they did not attended the hearing was because of the Republicans politicization of the event.

After every Democrat boycotted today's border hearing in Texas, @RepMarkGreen asks:

"Taking a hearing to the point of the crisis for a firsthand view or boycotting a hearing because you know we're gonna shine a light on the truth. Which of those is a political stunt?"