Border Patrol’s New “Run-and-Hide” Strategy

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That disinterest was most recently on display with the Obama administration’s announcement that it is moving to close nine Border Patrol stations across four states.

While the CBP has maintained closing the stations is being done in order to reassign agents to higher priority areas closer to the border, critics warn the closures will undermine efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the US-Mexico border.

As Bob Dane, communications director with the Federation for American Immigration Reform has said, the Border Patrol station closings are just “part of the systematic dismantling of both border and interior enforcement. It complements the non-enforcement policy of (the Obama) administration.”

The non-enforcement immigration policy of the Obama administration was witnessed most recently by President Obama’s executive order to stop the deportation of over 800,000 young illegal aliens; and his directive to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “selectively enforce” the parts of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, SB 1070, that were recently upheld by the Supreme Court.

Yet, as fully committed as the Obama administration is to not enforcing the country’s immigration laws, it is equally committed to making life a more pleasurable experience for those who find themselves in the country illegally.

To that end, in this year alone, the Department of Homeland Security announced the appointment of the nation’s first “public advocate” for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and its revised standards for treating illegal aliens housed in the country’s detention facilities, changes which included providing taxpayer-funded access to “hormone therapy” for transgendered detainees.

So, given the Obama administration’s desperate desire to run away from America’s illegal immigration problem, it makes sense that it would now instruct America’s Border Patrol agents to run away from their professional responsibilities of protecting public safety.

Yet, while the DHS “flee to safety” policy may provoke a mixture of derision and amusement, it should be noted that a variation of this policy has already been in effect, one that resulted in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the centerpiece of the Fast and Furious operation.

Specifically, the Justice Department recently revealed that Terry and a contingent of federal agents initially fired bean bags — not bullets — at a group of heavily armed drug cartel members south of Tucson, Arizona, in December 2011, an exchange in which Terry was shot and killed.

That information, which came in a statement issued by Attorney General Eric Holder, also read, “Agent Terry served his country honorably and made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect it from harm.”

Unfortunately, Terry’s heroic effort to protect his country was delivered in the form of a bean bag, a “weapon” that the Department of Homeland Security would undoubtedly find a suitable standard issue for all Border Patrol agents.

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  • Spider

    The lunatics are now running the asylum, Holder, Nopolatano and Obama.

  • Willy Rho

    Brian Terry is dead because of the policy of shooting bean bags at the Drug Smuggling muerduers. If the bad guys are armed and in the USA illegally, keal them. Save out agents and eliminate 1 out of 40,000,000 illegal aliens. And another new policy, no human is illegal! That includes muerduerers and Drug smugglers. What fools Obozo and Eric the Branch Davidian Muerduerer. Ruby Ridge, Murry Bldg Bomber Ag Head. These people running our nation and Lunatics and Trait Tors. This is not an ad hominem attack.

  • tagalog

    I realize these Border Patrol guys probably qualify with the 9 mm. pistol and the 12-gauge once a year and otherwise never lay a finger on their firearms, but in addition to acting agressively and throwing things at thugs shooting at them with probably American firearms the Department of Justice allowed to be sold or otherwise released to them, I would suggest that they shoot back.

    Start getting and using some of those scores of millions of rounds the Department of Homeland Security recently contracted for. They're obtaining something like 400 MILLION .40 cal. rounds over the next four years. I know I could get pretty accurate if I had 400 MILLION rounds to practice with at the range.

    • Not again

      Throw something? How about a few hand grenades…

      • Ted G

        How about throwing Holder, Napolitano and Obama at them!

        I would suggest waiting until the shooting starts first.

    • R. Ruiz

      they are required to qualify 4 times a year with the HK 40 cal, the m-4 rifle in 5.56 NATO and with a 12 gauge shot gun. if they don't have at least a 70% proficiency they must qualify very soon after that or they loose the right to carry. I was a ramnge master for the BP for 13 years and taught at the academy.

      • mamma51666

        Thank you for your Service. OUr leaders may not appreciate your efforts, but I and my family do.

    • filo

      If you dont know what youre taking about, dont do it! We qualified every 2 or 3 months with all authorized weapons, m4, p2000, shotgun,ump 40. And by the way its not 9mm its .40cal. Why? Because when you are at home enjoying a nice sleep we are in the brush defending this country.

      • tagalog

        Or not.

  • texasmom

    This is insane and we are a country of American dopes to tolerate it.

  • Mamma51666

    So,do Obama's "guards" (The Sercret Service) have to follow the same rules as those that guard the American People???!!! I get the feeling that if he were the Captain of a sinking ship he would be the first one off. I agree with throwing grenades, I just think it should be the first option rather than waiting to see if running and hiding works. This country wasn't built by cowards, running away sure makes us look that way. Utmost respect to our Border Patrol. You have one of the toughest and scariest jobs around, and I am afraid for you all when it comes to your new directive. Good luck to you all and stay safe while keeping the rest of us safe and Thank you.

  • Hughram

    The same standard procedure that we Mobile patrols Bristol follow. It is based on non-direct retaliation in the case of a shooting. Take cover and inspect the situation before firing back.