For the first time in its history, the national union representing Border Patrol agents has endorsed a presidential candidate during primary season.
On Wednesday, the union endorsed Republican Donald Trump.
“We think this is an unprecedented time and we wanted to take a step that was going to have an impact,” said National Border Patrol Council Spokesperson Shawn Moran.
Moran says no other candidate has highlighted the border the way Trump has.
“We need a president who is going to take border security seriously and re-establish border security and immigration enforcement ninths country.”
Those comments are in stark contrast to recent remarks made by Gil Kerlikowske, head of Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol’s parent agency. He recently told KPBS in San Diego that he rejects Trump’s call for more border walls.
“An attempt to build a wall would be very,very difficult, incredibly expensive. We have 600 miles of fencing,” Kerlikowske said. “It is very expensive to maintain that fencing.”
The union in turn rejects Kerlikowske’s comments.
– Lorne Matalon