Officials question air support cuts on border

November 23, 2016 GMT

McALLEN — The Department of Homeland Security cut aerial resources across the U.S.-Mexico border despite a rise in apprehensions and having the money to fully fund their operation, according to a letter sent yesterday to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

In the one-page letter, Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, request information on DHS’s aerial-based border security resources and an explanation to why they stopped requesting support from the Department of Defense.

“Given the continuing surge of migrants along the Southern Border beyond FY15 numbers and a large uptick in apprehensions already for the month of November 2016, we believe DHS should be requesting more surveillance and security resources, not less,” states the letter signed by the three Texas officials.


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