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Border Patrol Sees Spike in Suicides
NewsMax ^ | 8/16/2010

Posted on 08/16/2010 9:52:14 AM PDT by markomalley

After a bad day on the job as a Border Patrol agent, Eddie DeLaCruz went home and began discussing with his wife how to celebrate her upcoming birthday. Then he casually pressed his government-issued handgun under his chin and pulled the trigger.

"It was the ugliest sound I ever heard in my life," his widow, Toni DeLaCruz, recalled of that day last November. "He just collapsed."

A month later, one of DeLaCruz's colleagues at the Fort Hancock border post put a bullet through his head, too.

Suicides including these have set off alarm bells throughout the agency responsible for policing the nation's borders. After nearly four years without a single suicide in their ranks, border agents are killing themselves in greater numbers. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that at least 15 agents have taken their own lives since February 2008 — the largest spike in suicides the agency has seen in at least 20 years.

It's unclear exactly why the men ended their lives. Few of them left notes. And the Border Patrol seems somewhat at odds with itself over the issue.

Federal officials insist the deaths have nothing to do with the agency, which has doubled in size since 2004, or the increasingly volatile U.S.-Mexico border. But administrators have quietly undertaken urgent suicide-prevention initiatives, including special training for supervisors, videos about warning signs and educational programs for 22,000 agents nationwide.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: borderpatrol; enforcement; immigration

1 posted on 08/16/2010 9:52:15 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

What a horrible thing to do to someone who loves you. I think these guys have big problems other than their jobs.


2 posted on 08/16/2010 9:58:17 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: stuartcr

The story rang familiar to Mark Monsivais, whose daughter, Julia, committed suicide in July 2009. He said people hurled chunks of concrete at the 24-year-old agent during her three years in Yuma, Ariz.

Other times, he said, his daughter complained of lagging backup patrolling a dangerous and barren stretch known as “Devil’s Corridor.” She worried about running into drug traffickers but more often stumbled on dehydrated migrants collapsed in the sand, their legs twitching.

“It’s transparent to us, the people that are here, that the job is a definite factor. They’re under an enormous amount of stress,” Monsivais said.

“If they do something wrong,” he added, “it’s an international incident.”

The job was so dangerous the family has doubts about whether it was suicide. Relatives wonder whether Julia could have been killed by shady characters she met on patrol.


3 posted on 08/16/2010 9:59:58 AM PDT by jessduntno (I wonder...how will third Manassas turn out?)
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To: markomalley

These guys wouldn’t last the first hour in special forces training.


4 posted on 08/16/2010 10:00:02 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: markomalley

Tragic....and this does not have to happen if our leaders would stop being pro-illegal/anti-American

And it is beyond Obama. George W Bush had Ramos and Compean (2 BP officers from the same region) convicted for assault and weapons violations in a kangaroo court....based on the word of an Illegal Alien drug dealer. Just before he left office, Bush commuted their sentences....after they spent 2 yrs rotting in prison.

It is time to get tough on Illegal Aliens, and tougher on those who allow Illegal Aliens to get away with breaking our laws:

- Anyone who does not support 100% Deportation of Illegal Aliens....Supports Amnesty

- Anyone who votes for a politician that does not want to deport illegals....you support Amnesty


5 posted on 08/16/2010 10:00:37 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: markomalley

Another take on the suicide bump; many are Hispanic and there is also some speculation that they are not necessarily suicides; foul play could be part of the bump. Not in the case of this guy, perhaps, but who knows? AP had a similar story and it appears that at least 3 of the 4 were Hispanic surnames.


6 posted on 08/16/2010 10:02:12 AM PDT by jessduntno (I wonder...how will third Manassas turn out?)
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To: markomalley
Border Patrol is one of the worst jobs in America.

You're almost certainly going to be stationed out in the middle of nowhere. Your kids are going to go to a school where nearly every other kid is an illegal alien. The hours are long, management unsupportive (if not downright combative) and you're tasked with an impossible mission.

Couple that with the fact that somewhere between 20-30% of your fellow Agents are working for the other side, and it's an absolute misery.

The folks I know tell me it's not at all uncommon to sit out in the middle of the desert at night watching DVDs in your patrol car because if you find a problem, you are a problem. Further, the incidents of one car fatal accidents are attributable to guys chasing rabbits in their vehicles.

I'm not attempting to be critical of the vast majority of good, dedicated agents. These are good men and women who honestly wished to serve their country in a capacity that's desperately needed. However, BP, CBP, DHS and the entire Federal Government has succeeded in creating such a horrible situation that the high turnover, low standards for Background Investigations, and now suicide is to be expected.

7 posted on 08/16/2010 10:04:09 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Peter from Rutland

These guys wouldn’t last the first hour in special forces training.


An arsehole comment. You probably support Illegal Alien Amnesty...and think John McCain is really a hero

These BP agents have seen more crap than a Special Forces soldier will ever see. A BP agent along the border these days is like a Special Forces person...only without a weapon


8 posted on 08/16/2010 10:04:29 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: jessduntno

Seems that someone should just change jobs if it’s going to make you suicidal.


9 posted on 08/16/2010 10:04:54 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: stuartcr
15 agents since 2008? I wonder if any were required to take govt. issued mefloquine for malaria during military service?
10 posted on 08/16/2010 10:06:31 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo)
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To: markomalley

Just awful. I still say the military needs to go in an build a training base right there where it’s the worst. Let them train with real bullets and rockets and whatever else goes “boom”. And then when the cartels move to another area, put up another training base there too.

Enough is enough.

Oh yeah, I forgot - that would be too politically incorrect. Better to stand out there and hand the illegals water instead.


11 posted on 08/16/2010 10:07:57 AM PDT by Grumpybutt (Back off! I'm Grumpy (love that car window sticker!) LOL)
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To: stuartcr

You stay classy, stuartcr.


12 posted on 08/16/2010 10:08:52 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (" 'Bush did it' is not a foreign policy." -- Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: PowderMonkey

Maybe someone is looking into this?


13 posted on 08/16/2010 10:08:55 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
These BP agents have seen more crap than a Special Forces soldier will ever see. A BP agent along the border these days is like a Special Forces person...only without a weapon

You sure have some interesting views, such as what would some old battle scarred Green Beret know about violence and war compared to a chick working an eight hour shift on the American border.

14 posted on 08/16/2010 10:11:04 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: stuartcr

What a horrible thing to do to someone who loves you. I think these guys have big problems other than their jobs.

Yes, there is no excuse and I don’t care who you are or what you have been through to do something like that. My brother committed suicide a few years ago. At least he did it privately.

Rest in peace bro


15 posted on 08/16/2010 10:12:41 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Give me a hand up, not a hand out)
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To: markomalley

He came home drunk and blew a hole the size of a coffee cup in his head.

...

If he is out drinking, getting wasted, he has serious issues to begin with.

On my fathers side, his step dad, who wasn’t really ever considered my grandfather, since he was dead a year before I was born, committed suicide. He too was a drunkard.

I’ve never heard of a well adjusted person who has a job, goes to church and is active in their community pulling the trigger.

It’s always someone disconnected from life, involved with drugs or alcohol, and usually not religious.

I feel sorrow for them, but little sympathy.


16 posted on 08/16/2010 10:13:59 AM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

“And it is beyond Obama. George W Bush had Ramos and Compean (2 BP officers from the same region) convicted for assault and weapons violations in a kangaroo court....based on the word of an Illegal Alien drug dealer. Just before he left office, Bush commuted their sentences....after they spent 2 yrs rotting in prison.

It is time to get tough on Illegal Aliens, and tougher on those who allow Illegal Aliens to get away with breaking our laws:

- Anyone who does not support 100% Deportation of Illegal Aliens....Supports Amnesty

- Anyone who votes for a politician that does not want to deport illegals....you support Amnesty”

It’s hard to believe, I know, but there are freepers still insisting that Ramos and Compean deserved what they got and don’t want any border enforcement.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2570171/posts?page=38#38


17 posted on 08/16/2010 10:14:36 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: markomalley
After nearly four years without a single suicide in their ranks, border agents are killing themselves in greater numbers. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that at least 15 agents have taken their own lives since February 2008 — the largest spike in suicides the agency has seen in at least 20 years.

I hate people who fudge numbers.

1) After nearly four years without a single suicide in their ranks, border agents are killing themselves in greater numbers.

Really? Some are greater than none? That is pretty definitive.

2) ...at least 15 agents have taken their own lives since February 2008 — the largest spike in suicides the agency has seen in at least 20 years.

"At least 15" (in an unknown sample size) in about 2 1/2 years is "the largest spike" in "at least 20 years". This tells me next to nothing. A spike? Is that a high value, or a rapid increase?

18 posted on 08/16/2010 10:14:55 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (For the record, McCarthy was right.)
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To: stuartcr
I doubt it. Seriously doubt it. Uncle Sam issued me mefloquine in the 1980s and 1990s when they knew it could have devastating side effects, and warned us what to look for. Still they issued the crap. I dumped mine and decided to take my chances with malaria. I was surprised the govt. was still issuing the stuff to the armed services during Gulf War II. And people wondered why seemingly normal returning vets were murdering the wives and families.
19 posted on 08/16/2010 10:16:32 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Sorry for your loss.


20 posted on 08/16/2010 10:22:20 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: AuntB

It’s hard to believe, I know, but there are freepers still insisting that Ramos and Compean deserved what they got and don’t want any border enforcement.


That is absolutely baffling....considering the evidence that was revealed.

The two most telling things about the Ramos and Compean case:

1. The feds, MS Fox News, pro-illegal alien GOP, and others claimed that R and C never notified their superiors....however their supervisor was there right after the shooting...and had the two pick up their spent shells. Their supervisors sure knew about the shooting immediately after it happened.

2. The Illegal Alien drug dealer, Oswaldo Aldrete-Davila, while on a special visa to enter the US issued by the Federal Prosecutor in the case....hauled in another half-kilo of pot...this crime was not allowed into evidence during the R and C trial

But, too many still have this wet-dream that the Liberal Globalist Jorge W Boosh was some kind of conservative. Boosh made it easier for Obama to pander to Illegal Aliens, Drug Cartels, and the Narcocracy running Mexico


21 posted on 08/16/2010 10:35:04 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: stuartcr

That story doesn’t sound right to me.


22 posted on 08/16/2010 10:36:33 AM PDT by donna ( I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth. - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: markomalley
I went to HS in Del Rio, Texas. Many of my classmates were sons and daughters of the BP and many of them went on to serve in the BP. It is stressful, dangerous, and thankless job at many times. The stressors in the job can expose any chink in one’s personal armor and result in the alcoholism and suicide that the article mentions. I believe the numbers are in keeping with any other job that has the thankless stressors involved with the BP.
23 posted on 08/16/2010 10:44:41 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: ansel12

You sure have some interesting views, such as what would some old battle scarred Green Beret know about violence and war compared to a chick working an eight hour shift on the American border.


Obviously you have never been in the military....A lot of Special Forces do not engage in combat on a daily basis...much of what they do is recon, setting up local contacts and supporters, work with villagers in foreign nations, and other tasks

BP agents deal with death and squalor every day....and its a lot different dealing with that on US Soil than say, some Third World country


24 posted on 08/16/2010 11:16:45 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Obviously you have never been in the military....

There you go again, I have been in the military, including a LRRP/LRS company.

Your claim that "These BP agents have seen more crap than a Special Forces soldier will ever see. A BP agent along the border these days is like a Special Forces person...only without a weapon" was a joke.

25 posted on 08/16/2010 11:28:03 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: sfg-18b

If Special Forces were on the southern U.S border every year over a hundred thousand wetbacks would be taking a dirt nap and only the dead would know about the operation.


With the past two Presidents, Obushma, the Special Forces would all be court-martialed if they looked funny at the illegals and drug dealers....much less shot them. It is a lot easier to court-martial a SF soldier than to wrongfully convict a Ramos and Compean.

These attacks on our BP agents are unjustified, and shows that the people attacking them value the rights of Illegal Aliens over the rights of American citizens. Our borders are a mess...and the BP never get the support from American people...or both political parties.

If you are not 100% behind our BP agents....you support Illegal Alien amnesty


27 posted on 08/16/2010 12:33:07 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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