As if our Border Patrol agents don't have enough work to do at our borders, we now find that a new task has been added to their overwhelming workload.
Yes folks, it seems that our federal government has given them the job of babysitting our National Guard troops recently sent to the border.
The Washington Times reports:
National Guard troops deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of President Bush's plan to free U.S. Border Patrol agents have been assigned bodyguards — some of the same agents the soldiers were sent to relieve.
Several veteran Border Patrol agents in Arizona told The Washington Times they were issued standing orders to be within five minutes of National Guard troops along the border and that Border Patrol units were pulled from other regions to protect the Guard units — leaving their own areas short-handed.
The agents, who refer to the assignment as "the nanny patrol," said most of the Guard troops are not allowed to carry loaded weapons, despite a significant increase in border violence directed at Border Patrol agents and other law-enforcement personnel over the past year.
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), which represents all 10,000 of the agency's nonsupervisory agents, said the presence of more than 6,000 Guard troops on the border has allowed a few hundred agents to be reassigned from administrative to field duties, but that "about the same number are now assigned to guard the National Guard troops."
This is the result of our elected officials pandering to the pro-illegal lobbyists and the Mexican government. Rather than appear `politically incorrect' by militarizing our border, our elected officials have once again screwed up an easy issue. Intentionally.
The fact that this administration has no intention of securing our borders, or enforcing anything but amnesty, is quite clear to all of us.
NBPC President T.J. Bonner, a 28-year Border Patrol veteran, says:
"This should not be interpreted as criticism of these dedicated soldiers. Unfortunately, they are being used as political pawns by this administration in its ill-advised quest to sell its myopic and harmful immigration-reform package," he said.
That pretty much sums it up.
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