The National Border Patrol Council, representing 17,000 United States Border Patrol agents, takes issue with the study conducted by the American Immigration Council alleging that Border Patrol agents are abusing illegal aliens and that Customs and Border Protection is turning a blind eye.
The National Border Patrol Council does not condone the abuse of illegal aliens, in any form. Border Patrol agents work every day to protect this nation’s borders. This same work includes rescuing illegal aliens, treating their injuries, and providing them food and shelter in numbers far beyond what any other aid group has ever accomplished for illegal aliens. While foreign governments and cartels will abuse, rob, injure, and kill illegal aliens headed to the United States, those that make it across the border know that even if they are caught by the Border Patrol they will be cared for and returned to their native country alive and fed. This is not to say there are not those within our ranks that have committed crimes against illegal aliens. Those crimes should be thoroughly investigated and if found guilty, the criminals punished.
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San Diego, CA – March 14, 2014 – The 17,000 members of the National Border Patrol Council wish to express their deepest condolences over the recent tragedy that occurred on March 12th and 13th in McAllen, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this heinous crime. We cannot begin to fathom the pain and trauma they have suffered.
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San Diego, CA – March 3, 2014 – “Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” Samuel 17:49
The stoning of Goliath by David was not the first killing using rocks, nor will it be the last. Rocks can maim and kill just as easily as a knife or a firearm. Every day on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, Border Patrol agents are assaulted with rocks, bricks, and other projectiles. These weapons are readily available and have the potential to do great harm.
Border Patrol agents work in a unique law enforcement environment and encounter threats that are not often seen by police and sheriff’s departments. One of these threats is the use of rocks by smugglers and illegal aliens to harass, distract, and assault Border Patrol agents. Rocks are prevalent throughout the southwest border, weapons that are close at hand, and are of sufficient size to cause extensive injuries to agents including death.