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Border patrol agents come into heated exchange with leaders during Mayorka’s visit, leaked video shows

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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.

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"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."

Video from a Border Patrol source shows agents coming in a heated back and forth with USBP chief Raul Ortiz right in front of Home Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during his visit to Laredo, Texas, on Friday, January 28, 2022.

Video from a Border Patrol source shows agents coming in a heated back and forth with USBP chief Raul Ortiz right in front of Home Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during his visit to Laredo, Texas, on Friday, January 28, 2022. (Fox News)

"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.

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"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."

US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at the 90th Winter Summit of the USCM on January 20, 2022 in Washington.  Mayorkas was in the room in Laredo, Texas when things got hotter.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at the 90th Winter Summit of the USCM on January 20, 2022 in Washington. Mayorkas was in the room in Laredo, Texas when things got hotter. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

"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."

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"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.

Video from a Border Patrol source shows agents coming in a heated back and forth with USBP chief Raul Ortiz right in front of Home Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during his visit to Laredo, Texas, on Friday, January 28, 2022.

Video from a Border Patrol source shows agents coming in a heated back and forth with USBP chief Raul Ortiz right in front of Home Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during his visit to Laredo, Texas, on Friday, January 28, 2022. (Fox News)

"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.

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"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.

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