JUNE 11, 2014
U.S. Border Patrol agents are being recruited to serve as babysitters for the influx of illegal immigrant minors that have entered the country recently through the Rio Grande region of Texas, according to an internal document obtained by Judicial Watch.
This is the front-line federal agency responsible for preventing terrorists and weapons of mass destruction from entering the United States. With a force of about 21,000 agents, the Border Patrol is also charged with detecting and preventing the illegal entry of aliens into the U.S., while facilitating the flow of legal immigration. The agency patrols nearly 6,000 miles of Mexican and Canadian international land borders and more than 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding Florida and Puerto Rico.
Babysitting kids has never been one of its duties, but the country is in a crisis because it’s been bombarded with thousands of illegal immigrant youths from Central America. Earlier this week Judicial Watch reported that the barrage of minors entering through Mexico has created an out-of-control disaster with jam-packed holding centers, rampant diseases and sexually active teenagers at a Nogales facility. An inside Homeland Security source offered JW alarming details of the crisis, which was sparked with rumors of amnesty, according to a veteran Border Patrol agent in Tucson.
Now the administration is desperately searching for babysitters and has distributed a memo, obtained exclusively by JW, recruiting agents with “child care or juvenile teaching and/or counseling” experience to work at the various shelters that are housing the illegal alien minors. The government is so overwhelmed that agents on this “temporary assignment” in makeshift shelters—some at military bases—will work a mandatory sixth day of overtime, according to the memo. “They will have BP agents as babysitters,” said one veteran federal agent.
The special detail calls for 140 agents to staff and operate a Nogales “placement center” at full capacity, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the “foreseeable future,” the memo says. The facility will be responsible for the temporary housing, care, health, safety and processing of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC). A temporary duty funding will pay for the special operation and agents will be “responsible for feeding, monitoring, interacting and providing security” for the illegal alien minors until they are placed elsewhere.
Here’s how the “situation” is described in the internal DHS document: “Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) is experiencing a major influx of Other Than Mexican (OTM) Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) which is straining RGV’s detention temporary housing, care, health, safety and processing capabilities. As a result, Office of Border Patrol has requested Tucson Sector’s support. In response, TCA is mobilizing the Nogales Placement Center (NPC) in order to support RGV and provide for the temporary housing, health, safety and processing of UACs.”
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