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WATCH: Leaked Video Shows Border Patrol Chief, Agents In Heated Exchange as DHS Boss Mayorkas Looks On: ‘You Keep Releasing Criminals!’

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A leaked video shows a tense exchange between the head of the U.S. Border Patrol and several of his agents during a visit to the Laredo, Texas, border sector this week with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The video, obtained by Fox News, shows Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz exchanging heated words with agents as Alejandro reportedly looked on.

According to the network, Ortiz confirmed during the meeting that “morale is at an all-time low.”

“I do think that we’re losing too many agents,” Ortiz said. “As an organization, we gotta start taking care of each other.”

With Mayorkas in the room, he did acknowledge agents’ frustration as, since President Joe Biden took office and reversed most of former President Donald Trump’s border enforcement policies, record numbers of migrants have crossed illegally into the U.S.

“I get it,” Ortiz said. “You come to work, you’re frustrated. You’re upset because you didn’t get the desired outcome that you want. Doesn’t mean you give up.”

“We’re not,” one agent responded.

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“I know you’re not,” Ortiz replied. “That’s why I’m saying, we don’t give up. We stay focused, we continue to do the job and the mission that we signed up for. We all signed up for it, we all raised our hand.”

But then the situation got more tense and heated words were exchanged.

“It’s kinda hard to say that when…” one agent began to say.

“It’s not hard to say it,” Ortiz fired back, as the video shows. “It may be hard for you to say it, I’ve been doing this for 31 years. It’s not hard for me to say it.”

Other agents then said, “you keep releasing criminal aliens into the country.”

Ortiz shot back: “You’re getting bogged down in the policies and the politics.”

But then several agents then said they’re not even allowed to use the term “illegal aliens.”

“You just said it,” Ortiz replied. “Ain’t nothing gonna happen to you.”

But agents still were not mollified by the answers they were getting, leading Ortiz to ask them, “Why are you guys getting caught up in semantics? … I’ve been doing this job as long as y’all.”

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“That’s the problem, chief,” one agent interjected. “For evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. That’s exactly what’s happening here. Good men are doing nothing. You’re allowing illegal aliens to be dropped off in communities.”

The USBP chief then insisted that agents were doing good for the country by rescuing migrants and interdicting criminals smuggling dangerous drugs like fentanyl into the U.S.

“And under this administration, in the last year, we’ve got the highest fentanyl deaths in the history of our country,” one person in the room fired back in response.

After another agent wondered aloud how much fentanyl was getting through, Ortiz responded: “I don’t know. We’re working on it.”

“And that’s the problem,” said another agent before someone cracked a joke to diffuse the tension, Fox News reported.

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In addition to Border Patrol agents, some governors are getting fed up with the Biden administration’s secretive flights into their states, often taking place in the middle of the night at remote airports, as Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported this week.

One GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, vowed earlier this month to send any illegal migrants dropped off in his state of Florida to Biden’s home state of Delaware.

“So what we have said is a number of things. One, we have sued Biden and we have a case in federal court. Two, I am asking money for the legislature so that if we do get wind of these flights — and we haven’t had flights in the last couple of months since this has become a big issue, but we do anticipate they will try again,” he told Fox News host Mark Levin.

“We have money that if they drop in Jacksonville, let’s say, I’ll pay for buses and we will send them to Delaware and some of these other places, and then they’ll know that Florida is not a good place to do it. We will also impose some I guess restitution on the companies that are bringing them in with the federal government, these are contractors, bus companies, whatever,” he added.

“We’ll charge them per head a restitution, because when you bring someone in, there is a whole host of costs that go along with that, education, healthcare, social services, unfortunately sometimes criminal justice,” DeSantis added.

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