Border Patrol Morale at an All-Time Low

Image: Border Patrol Morale at an All-Time Low U.S. Border Patrol agents detain a suspected smuggler after he allegedly transported undocumented immigrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 12:22 PM

By John Blosser

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Morale in the U.S. Border Patrol is at an all-time low because agents are forced to stand by and watch helplessly as teenage criminal illegal immigrants, including gang members and murderers, are released to freely enter the United States.

Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, told Fox News, "Morale is at an all-time low. Our agents aren't allowed to do the job they were hired to do. We're walking more and more people out the door.

"Criminal aliens are coming in. If there's no criminal history in the U.S., we're releasing them out the door into the country ... even if they're admitted gang members. We've had a couple that admitted to murders in their own country. The U.S. government thought it fit to release them to their parents here in the U.S."

Illegal immigrants, Cabrera said, are using a "loophole" in the law to remain in the United States.

"If the child has no family in his home country, or claims he has no family back in his home country, we have to release them to a parent that is here, and that's where the loophole is. Even if he is a confirmed gang member, a confirmed criminal by his own admission, we, for some reason, don't send them back to their home country."

Cabrera was reacting to a recent video in which a Border Patrol agent asks an entrant if he is a citizen. The man replies, "U.S. citizen, but does it really matter?" The frustrated agent replies, "Not any more, unfortunately."

Breitbart News reported that outraged Border Patrol agents, reacting to the murder of Border Patrol agent Javier Vega by two illegal immigrants, recently posted on Twitter that Vega was a "victim of lax border enforcement. Blood on the hands of Congress and President."

Cabrera told Fox that between 2006 and 2009, "We started to relax the rules a little bit and then we just got overwhelmed this year to the point that all our facilities were overflowing. We couldn't keep up with it and they started releasing them."

Cabrera told the National Review the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol station has a capacity of 275 immigrants, yet is handling between 700 and 1,500 per day.

Even illegal alien youths with tattoos representing membership in the vicious gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, are being allowed in, Cabrera told the National Review.

"I've heard people come in and say, 'You're going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You're going to let me go as well, and the government's going to take care of us,'" Cabrera said. "Until we start mandatory detentions, mandatory removals, I don't think anything is going to change. As a matter of fact, I think it's going to get worse."

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