Border Patrol Agents And Gritted Teeth: How Agents Feel About The Invasion

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Paul Nachman
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14 April 2020
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National News
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Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on November 30, 2016, then-Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan told the senators that, instead of focusing on securing the border, many of his agents were acting as “professional childcare providers.”  According to an account of the hearing from the Federation for American Immigration Reform [FAIR]:

[Morgan] relayed a story from one agent who said, “Chief, we’re going to do whatever this country asks us to do, but I never thought in my 20 years that I would be, as part of procurement, ordering baby powder and baby wipes.”  In another border sector, as part of their job, agents “make sure the food, the burritos we’re providing are being warmed properly.”

[Legislative Update: 12/06/2016; scroll down to "Border Patrol Chief: Agents are Functioning as Childcare Providers."  Or see the hearing's video for yourself.  Jump in at about 45:50 for the next 35 seconds.]  

So I was interested recently to stumble across a routine border-chaos article from mid-2019 in which it was clear that at least one Border Patrol agent was disgusted with—and likely resentful of—the situation.  Reporter Javier Tovar of Agence France-Presse described a scene near the bus station in San Bernardino, California, where three Border Patrol vans were disgorging "migrants" who would then disperse via Greyhound throughout the country (presumably to further burden our welfare programs):

They line up on a sidewalk as their names are checked by a representative from a local [non-governmental organization] who also enquires about their health.

A man asks where he can rent a phone and one of the agents sternly answers back in Spanish.

"You decided to come this way into the US, you figure out what to do," the agent says. "What do you expect? You want me to give you my house?"

[Migrants dropped at US bus stations as Border Patrol shelters overflow, May 25, 2019; emphasis added]