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[Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, Rio Grande Valley Sector:] What happens is these kids and these family units, or even regular migrants, they're walking up to the bridge to claim asylum, and they get intercepted by the cartel members, the smugglers. And at that point they take them to a certain area, they charge them, and tell them when and where they're going to cross. The reason they do that is once they occupy us, we have to send multiple agents out there to ensure their security, their safety. And it opens up various holes along the border because our agents are having to come from other areas to secure them, to transport them, to make sure they're OK, to make sure they're healthy, make sure they don't have any weapons and get them into the station.
[Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin):] Let me just-- How often does that happen?
[Cabrera:] Every time they cross.
[Johnson:] [inaudible] you have multiple groups every night, every day?
[Cabrera:] Every night. It slows down during the week, maybe Tuesday, Wednesday it's at its slowest. Thursday it starts to pick up. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, it's just bodies everywhere. At our station we're looking at, on the weekends, 600-700 a day. And that's just one station.
[Johnson:] So it's an extremely effective diversion for their drug trafficking.
[Johnson:] And potentially the higher-value, you mentioned the Middle Eastern.
[Cabrera:] Yeah, you know, we have the Middle Eastern, you have people that are criminals whether they come from Mexico or you know, anywhere in the country, they have criminal charges in the United States, and they know that if they get caught, they're going to be facing some real jail time. So those guys will pay more so that they can get around different ways. If you have cartel people that are coming back and forth, obviously you can't cross through the bridge. So they're going to be another one of those high-value illegal aliens that, they're going to cross in an area that we're not.