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  • Patrolling the Rio Grande: On the front lines with a U.S. border patrol agent

    Jim Avila, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players17 hrs ago

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    Illegal immigration may be a hot-button political issue in Washington, D.C., but for U.S. Border Patrol agent Luis Rodriguez, who works on the front lines of the battle to curb illegal crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border, it is much more than a philosophical debate: It is a daily reality.

    In this episode of “Power Players,” Rodriguez takes us along for a patrol on the Rio Grande, along one of the most heavily used routes by which migrants cross illegally into the United States.

    “This is a spot that is well known for rocking incidents, especially once it starts getting dark,” Rodriguez warns as the boat speeds through a narrow area of the river. “They throw rocks in front of the boat going 30 mph in one direction.”

    While some of the rocks are thrown by mischievous kids, Rodriguez blames some of the incidents on illegal smugglers.

    “We are interrupting their business, so they want to take some kind of revenge on us,” he said.

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