For the past several weeks, Local 2544 has ben inundated with media requests on comments about the on-going border crises. The media has begun to realize that for the past several years members of DHS, CBP and Border Patrol have lulled the American Public into a false sense of security with little catch phrases and buzz words.
The truth of matter is this; High Level managers within DHS, CBP and Border Patrol, in order to promote or secure their titles and positions, have created a climate within the Border Patrol where border security is the last priority. For years, we have written about and given examples of managers of at all levels making bad decisions. Since 2007, DHS political appointees have been in the news and given testimony to Congress about how secure the border is. They have droned on and on about all the improvements that have been made in regards to Border Security; they show UAVs, modern radar trucks, new fencing and operation rooms with multiple televisions and fancy maps . But it was shame with no substance behind it. Now their lies and kingdoms are falling apart and we have yet to hear or see any of these political appointees talk preach about how secure we are. But it is just not this current administration or current regime in the Border Patrol. Since IRCA of 86, Border Patrol managers have always walked the company line and said what they were told to say. They have continually misrepresented facts of what was really going on the border to appease whatever administration was in Washington.
South Texas is a great example of these lies and propaganda; a influx of illegal began crossing two years ago and not one Agency in DHS did anything. Now we are at a boiling point and again DHS has become “reactionary”. Our own Secretary has made a few statements on what is going on and looking the open DHS website, clearly they didn’t begin taking notice of this situation till late June, when they began making daily updates.
How many times have we seen a “Press Release” talking about an employee running a marathon, winning a drill competition or being promoted. But where are the “Press Release” on Agents facing and undaunting task of securing the border when ICE is releasing thousands of illegals with a “promise to report”? Where are all those employees in a “Public Affairs” office writing about possible Cartel Members exploiting this crises to push more gang members illegally into the United States? Only three years ago, the Border Patrol was so proud and produced daily arrest numbers but where are those press releases now?
Just recently, Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol R. Colburn (ret) has came out and stated that all the security that was put in place since 9/11 has been undone. Really? Please Mr. Colburn tell us about all this security that was put in place; was it all the Agents or new vehicles, because beyond that… there is NOTHING. You were the Deputy Chief of the Patrol and during that time we cannot think of one true enforcement measure that was put in place that actually made the border safer. If anything, Mr. Colburn help create a bloated bureaucracy that promoted unknowledgeable managers and drove morale into the ground. For the truth to be told, Mr. Colburn is one of the many managers who diligently worked to restrict Agents ability to do their job by limiting where Border Patrol Agents could enforce Immigration Law. He whole heartedly supported putting Agents up against the border and not allow them to work groups further north. Please Mr. Colburn tell us why you weren’t so vehement on getting this information out before? Why now? Because you are retired and you now feel it is your patriotic duty to speak out. Sorry Mr. Colburn, we already have Union Leaders doing what you failed to do in your illustrious career.
At some point the American Citizen is going to have to read past the headlines and focus on real issues that are not dictated by a 24 hour new channel. We are going to have to ignore international rhetoric and focus on ourselves and our own security.
But we will wait for another retired Chief to champion the charge against immigration and talk about how he gallantly served his country and wouldn’t allow this to have happen. And we will be glad to remind them how hypocritical they are when their whole career was being a “Yes Man” was.