Skip to comments.Border Patrol agents go beyond call of duty to cope with influx of immigrants
Posted on 06/19/2014 4:39:36 PM PDT by mdittmar
Border Patrol agents along the Rio Grande Valley are coping with a record high number of unaccompanied juveniles and immigrants from Central America crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. These apprehensions are straining the border enforcement system and diverting agents attention from traditional law enforcement duties.
Nearly half of Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley are working at duties unrelated to their primary mission, including feeding, clothing and watching after children, AFGEs National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) reports. Nevertheless, our agents have been dealing with this difficult situation in an exemplary fashion. Many agents are helping to care for these illegal immigrants at personal expense.
These dedicated public servants have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for these individuals while ensuring the laws of the United States are enforced, the council says.
Cartels are taking advantage of the situation and forcing additional juveniles and immigrants to cross the border between the ports of entry, effectively using these immigrants as a human shield to divert resources that would otherwise be spent interrupting their trafficking operations. As agents deal with the influx of immigrants, cartels are smuggling drugs, weapons and individuals from countries with terrorist ties across the border unfettered.
Exacerbating this situation is the fact that Border Patrol agents are working reduced hours because of budget constraints from sequestration. Customs and Border Protection also has curtailed the use of administratively unavoidable overtime, effectively cutting the number of hours Border Patrol agents are able to work and leaving areas unmanned during shift changes.
Customs and Border Protection needs to do everything in its power to solve this problem, starting with full staffing, the council states.
AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. traveled to the U.S/Mexico border in April and met with Border Patrol agents at several stations.
Anyone who doubts the compassion, empathy and bravery of our Border Agents only needs to spend a few hours with them to have those concerns erased. Our agents are doing a tremendous job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable, and we as a nation should be doing everything we can to support them in their work, Cox said.
"fighting for the jobs & future of government employees"
Aren’t unions usually quite strict about someone doing something that is not part of the job description?
Yes, like working.
Yes they are,but this is a crisis,we need more government employees.
what’re they doing changing diapers when the mothers of these illegal alien babies are with them...have them change their own illegal alien baby’s dirty butt..
the youngest child by himself is 5.. he wouldn’t need diapers...
Then call your boss and tell him to send the National Guard to the border. Sorry, no sympathy from me.
Anyone who doubts the compassion, empathy and bravery of our Border Agents only needs to spend a few hours with them to have those concerns erased.
why are they having compassion and empathy on the American citizens they are suppose to protect and are sending these illegal aliens back across the border ???
other than compassion for Americans there is no other emotion needed for the job..
unless they are standing up against the horde of invading illegal aliens they are not expressing any acts of bravery...
other than that its dereliction of duty...
Real Americans would defy this tyrant and deport invasion regardless.
Be awful if the BP guys mentioned in passing the next stop for the illegals was Iran and Saudi for use as ‘help’.
Those poor people might just spill where they came from who sent them and why.
Many agents are helping to care for these illegal immigrants at personal expense.
Our Border Patrol guys are some kind of tough! Nothing gets by them! They're "nice people".
I am certain unionized “public servants” are working in the best interests of the people ...