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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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  • Profile_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    How much do you gals and guys like using bean bags instead of bullets? Knowing Zetas have better equipment than YOU do? Knowing that the government is corrupt and you..the law keeper and law enforcer can do nothing about it? Kind of frustrating ...don't you think?
    Get involved outside your department. Work with citizens to get the proper bills passed in your state. Be there when the citizens working so hard to change this, need you.
    In SC we have sanctuary cities..which is against our laws. The police officers don't realize..I guess..that they are co conspirators in committing felonies in our state. We tried to warn one city in particular and they sent police officers, EMS, and Fire to protect the illegals from us bunch of old ladies, when we protested. How about that? The city uses OUR taxes to give a place for the Matricular Consulate to sell Matricular cards and passports to illegals. I had to sit there...a former police officer..and watch 1300 illegals walk past me in just a few hours. And it ticked me off when a tiny Hispanic police officer came out and denied us the use of the bathroom because some illegal ..or herself... lied about what happened when I went to the little girls room!
    She was one nasty little officer!
    Another thing I am so tired of, is no camaraderie between former police officers and those presently employed! I am tired of the corrupt police officers that I have met in the past 10 years. It makes my stomach turn!
    Pray tell....make me feel better....tell me there are more compassionate, legitimate, law abiding officers out there than there are corrupt ones, uncaring ones, narcissistic ones!Please give me some positive re-enforcement! Maybe I need to leave this place...

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    You also need to start jumping all over the Attorney General AND the United States Attorneys Offices. They are the ones charged with PROSECUTING these cases, not the Secretary of Homeland Security. Think of it this way, a Police Officer can only arrest someone and write his affidavit for presentation to the District Attorney. The District Attorney holds sway over the actual prosecution of the case. The Attorney General and the various United States Attoreys are the ones who dictate prosecution, i.e. The DHS is the Federal Police Force, and can only arrest people and present them for prosecution. So, before you start slamming the good women and men of DHS's CBP, HSI, ERO, TSA and other enforcement agencies for not prosecuting, remember the above. Scream at the Prosecutors, not the Cops.....

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Arrrest vs sent back to Mexico. First, not ALL illegal aliens are from Mexico. Second, I doubt any jail or county anywhere in this great country has the manpower and/or space to hold the numbers of "Arrests" this sheriff is demanding. Also, MANY Mexican nationals are returned to Mexico because they are not seen as a threat to our national security or public safely. I know, but, get off your soap box of social services and how draining illegal immigratoin is on them. We already know that. However, even Sheriff Joe realizes that you can't arrest everyone (though if it put his name in the media spotilght again I'm sure he'd try). Arizona, Texas, California, and New Mexico haven't sufficient land to hold all the tent cities needed to house all those that need to be "arrested." I'm just as fed up as everyone else and we need to start demanding that our immigration laws are enforced. ACLU, LULAC, and other groups need to shut-up and let the Feds do their jobs with the meager resources they have.

  • Profile_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    How many of you are Oathkeepers? We need you! We want to know when the going get's REAL rough that our brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement will be on the People's and Constitution's side....Will you be there for us and with us?

  • 1979_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    I'm not surprised. Low number of apprehensions can be used to "prove" that low numbers of illegals are coming into the country! Fits the Admin's program to trivialize the illegal problem we have.
    2012 cannot come soon enough!

  • Revengefool_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    *“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.*

    If an arrest is not made, what is there to report? This is a total non-response. The citizens need to know...

    Citizens need to be knowing
    How bad that things are now going.
    Without a report
    How can they support
    And protect our whistle blowing?

  • 432nd_tfw_patch_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    It seems to me that an agent is going above board and now is paying the price by his superiors back-stepping due to media coverage. He's going to go against some tall tales in the future. Hope he can withstand the backlash on this and keep his job later. Good luck to all the Border Patrol agents that are risking their lives for us. Thanks.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago


    Hey bumer, don't be glad, the government is telling them not to arrest them just to keep the numbers down. They don't want the rest of the country, who doesn't live along the border to know just how many illegals are actually coming into the country. Because if they knew there would be more support for keeping illegals out, and not giving them amnesty. That will just invite more over.

  • Blue_ine_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Our mission does not waiver based on political climate, and it never will..." Really!? I'm not even commenting on any particular administration, but COME ON! Local, state & federal enforcement is always going to be dictated by politics, especially when it comes to immigration.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago


    am glad why bring them to jail ,, for mis, and traffic they go to work like you and me .

  • Twitlogo_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Ah, thank you Big Sis! Janet Incompetano needs to go NOW!!!!

  • Phone_pics_035_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Glad the Sheriff is not taking any of that BS! I thank god we have some decent Sheriffs down by the border here in Arizona who are willing to call bull sh*t when they see it.

  • N690848051_433306_9206_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Under reporting and changing of crime “titles” is an on going thing through out the US. This is done by the powers that be to drop crime stats in a given area to make it seam safer than it really is. The real trouble started about 15 years ago when the brass figured this out. Now they are doing it every place. The street cop knows what’s going on but he is being suppressed by the brass with threats over his job.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago


    I totaly agree with deh223. I have great repsect for the CBP agents as they are out there risikng their necks w/little governmental support.

  • Parkside_crest_new_12-15-08_copy_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Smoke and Mirrors, Baby! That's all our Government is about nowadays!

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