Texas and Arizona will get most of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents this year, the Immigration and Naturalization Service announced.
The INS said Tuesday that Texas will get 625 new agents, followed by Arizona with 190 new agents, California with 140 and New Mexico, 46.INS Commissioner Doris Meis-sner said California is getting fewer new agents this year because a manpower buildup there the past four years has diminished its border with Mexico as being the biggest corridor of illegal immigrants. She said the number of illegal aliens arrested in southern California hit a 17-year low last year.
"The Texas corridor is now the corridor that we're focusing on from the standpoint of building that up to a level where we hope we see it and Arizona equal in results what we've seen in the San Diego sector," she said. "It's a multi-year process."
By year's end, the Border Patrol will have than 7,000 agents - double the number five years ago.
With the new reinforcements, Texas will have 2,957 Border Patrol agents and California 2,688.