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BP Agents Told to Stop Making Illegal Immigrant Arrests

BP Agents Told to Stop Making Illegal Immigrant Arrests

A United States border patrol agent catches an illegal immigrant crossing from Mexico to the U.S. in San Ysidro, California, April 13, 2011. [AP]

Associated Press

April 27, 2011

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ – An Arizona sheriff says U.S. Border Patrol officials have repeatedly told him they have been ordered to reduce — at times even stop — arrests of illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the U.S. border.

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever stated that a supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol told him as recently as this month that the federal agency’s office on Arizona’s southern border was under orders to keep apprehension numbers down during specific reporting time periods.

“The senior supervisor agent is telling me about how their mission is now to scare people back,” Dever said in an intervie. “He said, ‘I had to go back to my guys and tell them not to catch anybody, that their job is to chase people away. … They were not to catch anyone, arrest anyone. Their job was to set up posture, to intimidate people, to get them to go back.”

Dever said his recent conversation with the Border Patrol supervisor was the latest in a series of communications on the subject that he has had with various federal agents over the last two years. Dever said he plans to relay the substance of these conversations when he testifies under oath next month before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

“I will raise my hand to tell the truth and swear to God, and nothing is more serious or important than that,” he said. “I’m going to tell them that, here’s what I hear and see every day: I had conversation with agent A, B, C, D and this is what they told me.”

Dever’s charges were vigorously denied by a commander with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“The claim that Border Patrol supervisors have been instructed to underreport or manipulate our statistics is unequivocally false,” Jeffery Self, commander of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command in Arizona, said in a written statement.

“I took an oath that I take very seriously, and I find it insulting that anyone, especially a fellow law enforcement officer, would imply that we would put the protection of the American public and security of our nation’s borders in danger just for a numbers game," he said. "Our mission does not waiver based on political climate, and it never will. To suggest that we are ambiguous in enforcing our laws belittles the work of more than 6,000 CBP employees in Arizona who dedicate their lives to protect our borders every day.”

In recent days, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said the U.S.-Mexican border is more secure than ever, and Homeland Security officials have used recent statistics to support those claims.

“There is a perception that the border is worse now than it ever has been,” Napolitano said at the El Paso border crossing last week. “That is wrong. The border is better now than it ever has been.”

Dever doesn’t agree.

“Janet Napolitano says the border is more secure than it’s ever been. I’ve been here for 60 years, and I’m telling you that’s not true,” he said.

The sheriff of Santa Cruz County, which borders Dever’s Cochise County to the west, said, “This is news to me,” when asked about reports that border agents were being told to turn illegal immigrants back to Mexico rather than arrest them.

“It comes as a complete surprise that that would be something that’s going around,” Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said. “I meet with Dever all the time and I have great respect for him, so I expect he’d come forward and say what he knows and give the source.

“Not knowing who the source is, how reliable that source is, I really don’t have much of a position,” Estrada said. “I’ve been around a real long time and haven’t heard anything like this. By the same token, you learn new things every day.”

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  • Me2__1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Excuse the F*** outta me!? Really!? Seriously!? That's absolute crap.

  • Img_1347a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I wonder if this is the same as when the bosses use to set a cap on our overtime for the month which means your arrest was being regulated so not to get penalized certain arrest you would not make or you just want look.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Okay, hold on some of you. NOBODY is saying that the rank and file Officers like our ICE, CBP are not doing their jobs or are slacking in any way. I have the utmost respect for our brothers in Green who are out there on the front lines trying to stop this human tidal wave from over-running us. What we are saying is that there are those at the top in this Administration who wish to under report the numbers strictly for political reasons and they are not interested in protecting our borders or even our men and women in green and blue along the boarder.
    The person who included the TSA in this, you are joking I assume as the TSA for the most part a clueless idiots who run around making noise and bothering good people and they certainly are not LE.
    The rank and file guys are just doing what they are told to do and I am sure they are every bit as frustrated as the rest of us are at having their hands tied in most cases. It is the politicians and political appointees that we need to get rid of before we lose a large portion of our nation to Mexico.
    Again, I resent anyone saying that corruption runs rampant in LE and you better have facts to back it up or yes you are in the wrong place.

  • Image_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thank you, Mark Hanna! The numbers currently being reported are as inaccurate as the day is long. I'm part of an interdiction team that has come in contact with several vehicle loads of illegal immigrants in the past couple of months. I'm not talking about 5-10 illegals - I'm talking 55-65. We've made phone calls and ICE took custody of 4 - the rest were released ... no interview, no processing, no tracking. ICE and CBP can only do so much with what they've got - I get that. I hold accountable an administration that refuses to provide our border enforcement agencies with the resources and personnel they need, but instead want to paint a picture of the illegal immigration problem that is disturbingly far from the truth. There is currently no system in place to track those illegals that make it past the checkpoints and that is why the numbers will never be close. Keep kissing ass on the border, Janet - those of us who actually get out and work and see first hand how out of control the issue is know the truth.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    What? I guess the government could save money by putting up scare crows along the border, that should deter illegals from coming over! Yea right! Let the officers do their jobs! The government whines about drug cartels and violence but welcomes them to come over and cause violence here, that's no right. Practice what you preach!

  • Christmas_2010_038_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Security is still sercurity and guess what, we have little. I would commend the officer for his honesty to the sheriff. It sounds like he disagrees with the order and will probably be secretly disciplined for the realeaswe of "Sensitive" information. I hope he joins FLEOA immediately.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    “I took an oath that I take very seriously, and I find it insulting that anyone, especially a fellow law enforcement officer, would imply that we would put the protection of the American public and security of our nation’s borders in danger just for a numbers game," he said. "Our mission does not waiver based on political climate, and it never will. To suggest that we are ambiguous in enforcing our laws belittles the work of more than 6,000 CBP employees in Arizona who dedicate their lives to protect our borders every day.”

    he didnt deny it!!!!!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    One undocumented person's wife told me it took her husband almost two weeks and $10,000 to get back to Dallas after he was deported. It can be a revolving door. Just saying.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Any political leader who supports this behavior needs to be RECALLED YESTERDAY!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago



  • Rosa_max50


    over 3 years ago


    i strongly have to agree, with MCCORD17.................. just saying

  • Profile_max50


    over 3 years ago


    @TRAFFICCOP84...I agree with you completely! I have been saying for years..bring our military home. Let them protect US from our invaders...all of them..from all nations...
    Let the military patrol our borders, seas, lakes, and rivers. Get those illegals out of here..but first...we MUST build a huge WALL on the Southern border..then start on the Northern Border...but with NAFTA...I doubt it will ever happen. Also with all the corrupt politicians on both sides of the will never happen. WE need to start a brand new party ..make is so large with WE the People that we blow the socks off the other two. But we need financial backing first. There seems to always be a "but"...I keep on trying though. We need to elect the common man to serve a TERM LIMIT up there and come home and let another like him/her to do the same. Keep it from corrupting those we send there. I could go on..................

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    This is some Bull _- - - I hate we others get there 2 cents put in let them do the job the took an oath to do.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Lawlessness begets lawlessness! When the legal "citizen criminals" of our country, who are already a thorn in the side of law enforcement and criminal justice system employees see the disparity in treatment of themselves to "illegal criminals; they apply a "moral relativistic" analysis to their own plight - - and try to justify continuing on a path of crime. Feeling (actually knowing) that they are being unfairly treated by having the "book" thrown at them while illegals walk, scot-free gives them a outlook to stay in crime. We're wrecking our nation, taking it apart like an onion, one thin layer at a time!

  • Kay_and_i_at_senior_move_up_day_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I say send all illegals back to where they came from. If the USA was on their toes then, just maybe, 9/11 could have been avoided. Let the police do their job..........................Government......................DO YOUR PART...........STAND BY THE CITIZENS OF THIS ONCE GREAT COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!

    One another note, take our military from overseas and lets protect OUR Boarders with the armed forces and Border Patrol. Fly our jets over the NATION.


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