We are pleased to see a permanent sector chief for the local U.S. Border Patrol sector. Kenneth Stitt comes to the Imperial Valley after serving as an assistant chief patrol agent in the San Diego sector. He appears to have the experience to serve this unique border area, which for much too long has played second fiddle to the San Diego sector.
Stitt pointed out during a recent press conference that there are many challenges ahead for the Border Patrol in this area. He plans to look at local resources to see if they are being utilized in the best way. We hope he will work to bring even more agents to the Valley. We sense that trying to control illegal immigration into the Imperial Valley is a daunting task and there simply are not enough agents here to do so.
Stitt wants to first deter people from coming into the United States illegally. He also wants to work more closely with the Mexican government and law enforcement to stem illegal immigration. A closer working relationship can be beneficial in dealing with border issues.