EAGLE PASS, Texas — United States Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz spoke with Breitbart Texas Thursday as he completes a tour of the South Texas sectors. Chief Ortiz says COVID-19 makes this surge different from others witnessed throughout his career.
According to Ortiz, more than 12,000 Border Patrol employees have been impacted by COVID-19 and approximately 100 to 150 employees are in quarantine due to exposure or illness on any given day. He worries about the threat to the migrant population who may be asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
Ortiz describes this surge as different to others based on apprehension demographics. The volume is greater than in years past, according to Ortiz. Whereas other surges were a combination of family units, single adults, and unaccompanied children, this surge is a mostly family units and unaccompanied minors with the latter coming in larger numbers.
Ortiz suggests that