Border agents spend less than 50 percent of time patrolling border

May 15, 2019 GMT

Border Patrol agents now spend less than 50 percent of their time patrolling the border, a top official said Wednesday, putting a stark face on the border crisis.

Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner John Sanders made the revelation at a press conference where he stood next to Sen. Lindsey Graham, who proposed new legislation to try to combat the surge of illegal immigrants.

Mr. Sanders said his agents are now spending more time changing diapers, driving migrants and providing medical care for families and children than they are spending out in the field on patrol.


That’s worse than earlier this year, when officials said the rate was about 40 percent of the time.

“If I’m a terrorist there’s no better time to penetrate our border than right now,” said Mr. Graham.