McKinley right on Border Patrol
U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., represents residents of our region in multiple ways. One is serving as our eyes and ears in regard to national and international issues. Illegal immigration is one of them.
What McKinley found when he visited the U.S.-Mexico border recently is that U.S. Border Patrol personnel are overwhelmed. As we reported, McKinley came home convinced the Border Patrol needs more people.
Nearly a million people attempting to cross the border illegally were stopped last year, McKinley learned. The influx continues.
That has resulted in a humanitarian challenge — taking care of those apprehended while determination is made about what to do with them.
Border Patrol agents handling that task are not available to apprehend other illegal immigrants.
Some in Congress want to reduce or even eliminate the Border Patrol. McKinley is right, however: The agency needs more personnel, both for law enforcement and humanitarian work.