Border patrol agents dealing with 47,000+ illegal minors crossing into the U.S. have been ordered to keep quiet.
Agents are supposed to do their increasingly difficult jobs: corral the children, transport the children. Repeat. . . . Until Central America and Mexico have emptied their countries of all minors?
Agents aren’t supposed to talk about the release of 30,000+ illegal immigrant criminals either, which increases the risk to agents already putting their lives on the line.
A surge of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has left federal resources and facilities overwhelmed. Most of the new migrants are children from Central America. In the aftermath of Breitbart Texas releasing photos showing minors warehoused in crowded U.S. cells, Border Patrol agents in Texas have been instructed not to speak to media outlets.
The Associated Press (AP) obtained an email from Eligio “Lee” Pena, an assistant patrol agent, that ordered more than 3,000 agents to not speak to reporters about the “humanitarian crisis.” The email allegedly said that reporters are likely to press for details and “may try to disguise themselves” in the process.”
Pena’s email went on to warn agents that they could be disciplined or even charged with a crime if they speak to media, according to the AP.
Since the news of the spike in foreign minors, Border Patrol contacts–many of whom used to speak on the record regularly–have not returned numerous phone calls or emails from Breitbart Texas.
The silence comes in the face of the apprehension of 47,000 foreign children traveling alone to the U.S. since October.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson implied at a press conference on Thursday that many of the children will not be deported. “The law requires that we act in the best interest in the child,” he said. “When we turn over a child to HHS, HHS acts in the best interest of the child which very often means reuniting that child with the parent in the United States. That’s what the law requires.”
It is unclear, then, how immigration laws will be enforced moving forward.
Many are concerned that by providing the migrants with shelter, transportation, meals, education, and even legal counsel, other children may be encouraged to make the dangerous trek north from Central America. Since agents on the ground are not able to give insight into the situation, the actual severity of the situation may be unknown.
The severity actually is known. President Obama himself called it a crisis a week or so ago. Normally when a crisis is declared by a government official, money and manpower are poured into the situation until resolved. Think wild fires, earthquake damage, etc.
The same thing is happening here. Millions of dollars in provisions and personnel are being thrown at this crisis. There’s a big difference, however, between earthquakes and illegal immigrants–one is a so-called Act of God, the other is an Act of Obama. And believe me, they are not one and the same.
by T.M. Burroughs
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