Our US Border Patrol agents are literally serving on the front lines in the ongoing border crisis invasion, and morale is suffering because they aren’t getting the support they need.
Agents are finding their hours are getting cut and their ammo is being limited. This is happening while they are constantly getting shot at by cartel criminals and corrupt Mexican military units, while being ordered to retreat if they come under attack.
Their time is spent dealing with unaccompanied children and families of illegal immigrants, sometimes catching their infectious diseases, instead of interdicting and preventing the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and terrorists across the border.
Now some Customs and Border Patrol agents are quitting, partly due to their mistreatment, but mostly in protest of the insane policies being pursued by the Obama administration, policies that run counter to the Border Patrol’s core mission. (H/T Red Flag News)
The biggest issue that Border Patrol agents are complaining about is the administration’s “catch and release” policy. It has resulted in known gang members being released into the United States, provided they have no US criminal record.
“They are confirmed either by tattoos or by self admission,” said Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley. “But since they have no criminal record in the United States, and they happen to be minors, they’re reunited with their family in the U.S.”
Cabrera says that this catch and release policy, along with being overwhelmed by the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children, is leading many agents to begin searching for other jobs.
“We all know that if you arrest and release, then the arrest is meaningless,” said an ICE agent who wished to remain anonymous. “We can put as many people as we want on the border, but if we’re gonna catch them, hook them up and then release them, then what good is it gonna do?”
Border Patrol agents are increasingly speaking out about the ridiculous policies that have led to the current border crisis, and they place the blame squarely upon the Obama administration.
“This is not a humanitarian crisis. It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor illegal alien children at risk for purely political purposes,” read an official statement from the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers.
We can’t necessarily blame the Border Patrol agents for having low morale or for looking into other career options. They are being put into an increasingly untenable position, taking on an increased workload, while facing more dangers, all while having their hands figuratively tied behind their backs.
It is pretty hard for them to do their job when Obama doesn’t want them to. He doesn’t even want a Border Patrol at all. Why have agents patrolling the border when the unofficial policy is an open border, one that anyone and everyone can cross at will?
Americans need to encourage the Border Patrol agents to keep at it. They are doing a great job where they can, and if given the opportunity, could actually make great strides toward securing the border.
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