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During National Police Week, America celebrates the men and women who patrol our streets and protect our communities. It’s officers like those of the Bakersfield Police Department, the deputies of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the agents of the U.S. Border Patrol who help make our communities safer every single day.

The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol provide the first line of defense against deadly drugs like fentanyl, which flow through the southern border, and they have apprehended multiple individuals on the terrorist watchlist. Their dedicated efforts make all the difference in reducing violent crime and drug overdoses.

Fentanyl is the number one killer of Americans aged 18-45 and the Border Patrol forms the vanguard in reducing trafficking of this deadly drug into neighborhoods across our nation. TheĀ agents are overworked, understaffed, and face an administration that refuses to enforce existing law. With illegal border crossings reaching an all-time high, the country needs leadership that understands the struggles Border Patrol agents face in the line of duty.

That’s why Leader McCarthy led a delegation of House Republicans to Eagle Pass, Texas to get a firsthand look at the Southern border and hear directly from the Border Patrol agents who guard it.

To see the heartbreaking scenes at the border, please watch below or click here.