An Arizona sheriff says he has been flooded with calls and emails of support from local and federal agents who back his claims that the U.S. Border Patrol has effectively ordered them to stop apprehending illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.
“Upper management has advised supervisors to have agents ‘turn back South’ (TBS) the illegal aliens (aka bodies) they detect attempting to unlawfully enter the country … at times you even hear supervisors order the agents over the radio to ‘TBS’ the aliens instead of catching them,” one San Diego border agent wrote in an email to Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
“This only causes more problems as the aliens, as you know, don’t just go back to Mexico and give up. They keep trying, sometimes without 10 minutes in-between attempts, to cross illegally,” continued the email, which was among a number of communications to Dever reviewed by FoxNews.com. “This makes the job for agents more dangerous. Not only are the aliens more defiant, they also begin to feel like they can get away with breaking our federal laws.”
The email is one of more than 100 messages Dever said he received from active and retired Border Patrol agents and law enforcement officers from across the country. Many wrote of what they said was their own experience and first-hand knowledge of Border Patrol’s efforts to reduce apprehension numbers by making fewer arrests.
So, I know this story is a day or two old by now, but let me get this straight — it’s okay for the TSA to intrusively frisk six-year-olds at airport security checkpoints in the name of airline and national security, but thousands and thousands of people of unidentified origin sneaking into the United States of America under the cover of darkness is somehow not enough of a threat to even warrant detention by law enforcement?
At this point, if we’re just going to leave the proverbial back door wide open, why even bother taking steps to protect America, whether through the freedom-inhibiting actions of the Department of Homeland Security or the life-risking missions being undertaken overseas by our fighting men and women? What’s the point?