Proposed budget cuts eliminate 300 agents in 2017, while current agents who object to Obama’s amnesty plan are being told to ‘Look for another job.’
The Department of Homeland Security agency has released their proposed budget for 2017 – they are eliminating 300 border patrol agents from the budget in 2017.
National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera calls it a recipe for disaster. “One, we have people turning themselves in at unprecedented rates. Then we have the people that are always coming in illegally,” Cabrera said. “Then we have the drug flow that’s coming north and the money that’s going south and guns that are going south. And to cut jobs at a time like this is a recipe for disaster.” (Via KRGV)
Meanwhile, top border agents who are voicing any objection to Obama’s amnesty plans are being told to “look for another job.”
Obama announced his new policy in November 2014, granting what he called “deferred action” to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants he said have deep ties to the U.S. Those illegal immigrants were to be given a three-year stay of deportation, work permits and access to Social Security numbers, tax credits and some other government benefits. This plan is on hold, pending an appeal with the Supreme Court.
The president also announced a new set of “priorities” for border and interior agents to follow, saying they should only target recent illegal immigrants and those with serious criminal records for arrest and deportation.
Brandon Judd, chief of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union that represents line agents, said they’ve been told to reinstate the maligned catch-and-release policy of a decade ago. He said illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions can be released immediately, if they claim they arrived here prior to 2014, and they don’t even need to show proof.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said any agents who object to Mr. Obama’s policies “should usher themselves out of their jobs.” “If you really don’t want to follow the directions of your superiors, including the president of the United States and the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, then you really do need to look for another job,” he said.
Shawn Moran, vice president of the NBPC, describes the low morale among border agents. “This is part of the administration’s strategy to demoralize and disrupt agents and completely dismantle immigration enforcement,” he said. “They’re going to make the job so unbearable because they know they have a very motivated workforce, a very patriotic workforce that wants to uphold the laws, yet we have the president of the United States and the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection directly going against the rule of law.” (Via Washington Times)
Here’s a look at the Arizona border in October 2014 – open fences and lack of manpower were already a serious problem then.
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