NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz got into tension back and forth with agents in Laredo, Texas, on Friday when Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas paid a visit.
In a video shared with Fox News by a Border Patrol source, Ortiz confirmed that "morale is at an all-time low."
"I think we're losing too many agents," Ortiz said. "As an organization, we need to start taking care of each other."
Ortiz acknowledged the agents' frustration with Mayorkas in space.
ICE AGENTS FORCED TO COORDINATE TRAVEL FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, SOME WITH CRIMINAL TESTS: SOURCE
"I understand that," Ortiz said. "You come to work, you're frustrated. You'm sorry because you did not get the desired result that you want. Does not mean you give up."
"We are not," replied one agent.
"I know you are not," Ortiz replied. "That's why I say we do not give up. We stay focused, we continue to carry out the work and the mission that we signed up for. We have all signed on, we all reached out."
That was when things got more heated.
"It's a little hard to say that when ..." an agent began to say.
FOX NEWS RECORDING SHOWS MASS EMISSIONS OF SINGLE ADULT MIGRANTS TO US
"It's not hard to say," Ortiz shot back. "It can be hard for you to say what I've been doing here for 31 years. It's not hard for me to say it."
Other agents said "you will continue to release criminal aliens into the country."
"You're getting stuck in politics and politics," Ortiz stressed.
Several agents said agents could not use the term "illegal aliens."
"You just said that," Ortiz replied. "Nothing's going to happen to you."
As the agents were apparently still not happy with the answers they received, Ortiz asked them, "Why are you getting caught up in semantics? ... I've been doing this job for as long as you have."
ONLY 59% OF SINGLE ADULTS WHO MEET THE BORDER PATROL ARE EXPORTED VIA SECTION 42 IN DECEMBER
"That's the problem, boss," an agent interjected. "For the evil to win is that good men do nothing. That's exactly what's going on here. Good men do nothing. You allow illegal aliens to be handed over in the communities."
Ortiz insisted that agents do a good job of rescuing people and taking fentanyl and methamphetamine off the streets.
"And under this administration, in the last year we have had the highest fentanyl deaths in our country's history," a person in the room shot back.
Ortiz said the U.S. has caught more fentanyl across the border this year than last year, but an agent wondered how much was not caught.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
"I do not know," Ortiz said. "We're working on it."
"And that's the problem," the agent said.
Someone in the room then made a joke and dampened the tension.