As the crisis at the southern border remains unabated, another top official has thrown in the towel. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, who has served in various sectors, HQ tours, and overseas assignments in his three-decade long federal career, has announced his retirement.
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz’s retirement comes as a shock to many Americans who had hoped he would stay on to combat the ongoing border crisis. Ortiz’s retirement is the latest sign of the Biden administration’s failure to properly secure the southern border and protect American citizens from illegal immigration.
Ortiz’s departure will leave a significant void in the fight against illegal immigration. He has served with distinction for 32 years, spanning multiple sectors, HQ tours, and overseas assignments in Afghanistan. Ortiz is a true patriot who has proudly served in the Armed Forces and across the country, working tirelessly on behalf of the American people. He has championed the Border Patrol agency, its mission, and the people who make it the outstanding force that it is.
Ortiz inherited a border crisis created by President Joe Biden, who reversed Trump-era policies that worked to discourage illegal immigration. The Biden administration has unleashed the border crisis on the American people, encouraging millions of migrants to enter the U.S. illegally.
Ortiz testified to Congress earlier this year that the Department of Homeland Security does not have operational control of the U.S. southern border under Biden’s leadership, a claim that is directly at odds with a statement from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Ortiz’s testimony confirms what millions of Americans already know: the southern border is out of control, and the Biden administration is not doing enough to protect American citizens.
The situation on the southern border is dire. The crisis has overwhelmed border communities and drained law enforcement resources. Drug cartels and human smugglers have exploited the situation and profited from the misery of vulnerable migrants.
Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz’s retirement announcement adds to the tumultuous times on the southern border, with a crisis that shows no signs of relenting. With no end in sight to the crisis, Ortiz’s announcement marks the end of an era, leaving a significant void for the Biden administration to fill.