A government-contracted security force calling itself the "Brown Shirts" have threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they say anything about contagious diseases at a refugee camp for illegal immigrants set up at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Todd Starnes reported at Fox News on Wednesday.
Despite the threat, Starnes said several workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details about the conditions at the camps. Starnes said he agreed not to disclose the names of those who came forward.
“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” one psychiatric counselor said. “We were under orders not to say anything.”
The counselor described the oppressive nature of the guards, employees of the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, the organization tapped to run the camp. According to the counselor, illegals at the camp had more rights than the workers.
“Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws,” the counselor said, calling the atmosphere at the camp "submissive." According to the counselor, workers were forced to give up their cellphones and other forms of communication. Anyone caught with a phone would be fired.
Workers also described a hellish situation where children were crawling with lice and disease. Instead of working to get the situation under control, supervisors tried to cover it up.
“When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’” one former nurse told Starnes. “But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.”
The nurse also told Starnes that staffers were concerned about a possible strep epidemic on the base. The lice issue was also epidemic, the nurse added. But everything was kept “hush-hush.”
“You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,” she said. “After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.”
The nurse said she was alarmed after observing that the children were transported on charter buses and airplanes before being deloused. Starnes noted that anyone "who flies the friendly skies could be facing a public health concern." Worse yet, one border patrol agent said illegal immigrants are going wherever they want in the U.S. and taxpayers are footing the bill.
"They’re flying these kids around," the nurse added. "Nobody knows that these children have scabies and lice. To tell you the truth, there’s no way to control it.”
The counselor told Starnes she quit when officials refused to hospitalize children who were suicidal. One child reaching psychosis was shipped off to a family in the United States instead of being placed in a hospital for treatment. She filed a Child Protective Services report and quit, concerned that she could lose her license if the child committed suicide.
She also kept a detailed journal about what happened during her tenure at the camp, Starnes added. And it seems federal authorities do not want that journal getting out to the public.
“When people read that journal they are going to be astonished,” the counselor said. "I don’t think they will believe what is going on in America.”
"So it was not a great surprise, she said, when she received a call from federal agents demanding that she return to the military base and hand over her journal," Starnes added. She refused to return to Lackland.
Baptist Family & Childen’s Services spokeswoman Krista Piferrer told Starnes the agency takes “any allegation of malfeasance or inappropriate care of a child very seriously.” As for the "Brown Shirts," they are simply “incident management team personnel” who wear tan shirts, the agency says. History teaches that the original "Brown Shirts" who served in Hitler's Sturmabteilung were also called that because of the color of their uniforms.