Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, gave an exclusive interview with Breitbart News and the interview could shock you. It seems that the agents have once again been told to stand down. They are to quit persuing smugglers, drug and human, along with all illegal aliens, which could include illegals from countries that wish to foment violence against the United States.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s drugs, bodies, or how large the group is, our agents are being ordered to stand down by Border Patrol management. I have received reports from our agents in every single sector from San Diego to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas that they are receiving these orders."
"They are not being relieved in place, they are simply being told that someone else is being dispatched, but none of us have seen that occur. We are simply being ordered to stand down and stop tracking and trying to apprehend the criminals.”
(This means that even in the middle of a hot persuit, the agent must back off and he is not relieved by someone at the point of surveillance)
"Border Patrol senior leadership says the stand downs are a means of addressing budgetary shortfalls and making sure agents aren’t working longer shifts. The Border Patrol has a larger budget than ever, but the agents on the ground have not seen the benefits of an increased budget. The increased budget has not trickled down to the men and women with their boots on the ground."
"They are placing the budgetary concerns before the security of our border. We have situations where top-level bureaucrats in the U.S. Border Patrol and in the Customs and Border Protection Agency are receiving massive bonuses -- some up to $64,000 --- for finding ways to reduce the pay Border Patrol Agents receive."
"Groups that are outside of human trafficking, human smuggling, and drug smuggling are going to exploit these stand down orders as well, not only cartels but illegal aliens from nations that are tied to terrorism."
This news is especially troubling, coming on the heels of yesterday's announcement of a new Democratic bill on illegal immigration. The bill offered up by Nancy Pelosi is a little different than the Senate bill. Pelosi's plan eliminates the 700 miles of fence and the 20,000 new border agents and would assure that our border with Mexico will be unprotected.
And in place of those security measures, how do they propose to provide border security? By adding a bill that the federal government may enforce the border any way they choose to. Republicans say that is a recipe for disaster.
“It’s disappointing that Democrats continue to insist on amnesty for illegal immigrants rather than supporting policies that help the American people,” said Rep Lamar Smith.
And Rep Paul Ryan is attempting to get immigration reform back on track in the House. Ryan is a former candidate for vice president.