Border Patrol Chief: U.S. Doesn’t Have Operational Control Of Border

  • U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz told lawmakers on Wednesday that the U.S. border patrol doesn’t have operational control of the border.
  • During a Homeland Security Committee field hearing in McAllen, Texas, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green noted that the formal definition of operational control, according to U.S. law, is “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics and other contraband.”
  • When asked directly if the U.S. had operational control of the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Ortiz replied, “No, sir.”
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