Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner David Aguilar (photo) was caught on video during a 2007 town hall meeting with agents suggesting that stopping illegal immigration was not a high priority for the Border Patrol, sparking criticism from experts and even his own officers. The film was obtained exclusively by the Liberty News Network.
"You are not immigration officers. Let me repeat: You are not immigration officers," then-Border Patrol Chief Aguilar said during the meeting, repeating it multiple times before going on to suggest that illegal immigrants are primarily the responsibility of other agencies like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“As a law enforcement officer, as an American citizen, I care about this group [of illegal immigrants],” he continued, pointing to his drawing board. “As a Border Patrol agent — as chief of the Border Patrol — I don't care enough about this group to impact my responsibilities, your responsibilities."
The agents in the audience were clearly not pleased with the implications of the statement. Several even criticize Aguilar directly over past decisions and for allegedly helping politicians distort the reality of the situation on the border.
“[I]t’s unfortunately in most government work; you have a lot of people higher than us that want to protect their jobs, so they’re going to tell the party line, and they tell you: Play the game, be a team player,” one agent can be heard saying, blaming a lack of agency morale on the “fudging” of numbers, turning a blind eye to illegal border crossings, and more.
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