The new chief of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector says he would like more agents and better technology. However, Rodolfo Karisch added he knows he must do the best he can with the resources at his disposal.
Karisch started in his current role in August after he held a similar one at the Del Rio Sector in Texas.
He says the rugged terrain along Arizona’s border with Mexico makes stopping illegal smuggling and immigration even harder for agents who already must stop illegal traffic through the state's unforgiving deserts.
He says agents are at a premium and staffing can be difficult as the border patrol's role grows.
“We've got to look at any task forces we participate in we got to look at our deployment postures to make sure agents are placed in the right places,” he said.
Karisch says he's considering positioning some agents closer to the border and increasing the use of mobile surveillance technology such as drones.