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Obama’s Border Patrol chief blasted by agents

by Jim Kouri, Public Safety Examiner

The Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, David Aguilar, repeated over and over, “You are NOT immigration officers.”

While lamenting the disinterest in the Obama Administration for border security and immigration enforcement, Local 2544 officials said,”Now, [Attorney General Eric] Holder and DOJ [Department of Justice] apparently have found resources to challenge SB1070. This is an obvious political ploy, and Americans should be outraged if they actually go after a state for trying to do something about the out-of-control illegal immigration mess.”

“Someone needs to take a very serious look at what happened to some of the high-ranking folks [CBP Chief] David Aguilar promoted. Why did they suddenly “retire” and why was one fired? Were they worthy of positions of high public trust?” said members of the National Border Patrol Patrol Council.

Aguilar toured the country in the past attending Border Patrol agent musters at stations. A subordinate Chief Patrol Agent, Richard Barlow, touring with him hurled one raunchy joke after another at women and overweight people, while Aguilar stood by laughing. Aguilar then showered this CPA with praise while sternly asking the agents in attendance “Does anyone want to challenge him?” according to the NBPC. The CPA doing the stand-up comedy routine for Aguilar was quite fond of himself and bragged about his exploits at length. The head of the U.S. Border Patrol, David Aguilar, told agents that it wasn’t their main job to arrest illegal aliens, and that they shouldn’t “lower” ourselves to such a status.

He repeated over and over “You are NOT immigration officers.” Aguilar used offensive language while promoting himself. The real goal of his nationwide tour was to run the union down. We have audio recordings of Mr. Aguilar and some of the jokes and language he thought was so funny.

If referring to female anatomy in crude terms in front of female employees and agents to make a point about how tough you are is acceptable these days, then Aguilar is certainly worthy of all the promotions he keeps getting.

Any rank-and-file agent who spoke so crudely in front of a group of employees would be disciplined. Instead, David Aguilar, who is supposed to be setting the example for all this “professionalism” and “honor” that the Agency constantly hammers us about is glorified by “greatest hits” videos (of course, all the offensive and crude parts were edited out of these slick videos).

The fact that Aguilar not only survives such unprofessional and raunchy displays unscathed, but is promoted over and over again, is simply unbelievable.

Aguilar has repeatedly been denounced in historic and unprecedented nationwide votes of no confidence by rank-and-file agents.Aguilar is a perfect border commander for an administration not interested in securing U.S. borders.

US Border Patrol to toughen policies on illegal immigrants

The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolving-door policy of sending migrants back to Mexico without any punishment.

The agency this month is overhauling its approach on migrants caught illegally crossing the 1,954-mile border that the United States shares with Mexico. Years of enormous growth at the federal agency in terms of staff and technology have helped drive down apprehensions of migrants to 40-year lows.

The number of agents since 2004 has more than doubled to 21,000. The Border Patrol has blanketed one-third of the border with fences and other physical barriers, and spent heavily on cameras, sensors and other gizmos. Major advances in fingerprinting technology have vastly improved intelligence on border-crossers. In the 2011 fiscal year, border agents made 327,577 apprehensions on the Mexican border, down 80 percent from more than 1.6 million in 2000. It was the Border Patrol’s slowest year since 1971.