Trump Seeks to Ramp Up Border Patrol Force by 5,000 Agents in 2018
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said 2018 will be a great year for border security because President Trump is in the White House.
In 2017, the number of people trying to sneak over the border dropped to its lowest level in four decades. Illegal border crossings were down 24 percent, according to the Department of Homeland Security's most recent statistics, released in December.
Trump hopes to build on those numbers by carrying out an executive order to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents. Congress requires a force of 21,370 agents, but an employee count in May revealed there were only 19,500 agents on the job.
"From a border security perspective, 2018 is shaping up to be a great year," Judd said on "Fox & Friends." "And it's shaping up to be a great year simply because we had a businessman elected as president who came in and did something that most people think was going to take two to three years."
Judd said he hopes to see construction begin soon on Trump's long-promised border wall, which he said must secure all vulnerable areas along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Criminals, like water, take the path of least resistance. When you beef up one area and you leave another area open, you're susceptible to the crime going to that area," Judd said. "So we have to take a holistic approach to border security."
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