Border Patrol Union Leader Says Administration Offers “De Facto Amnesty”

By:  Warren Mass
Border Patrol Union Leader Says Administration Offers “De Facto Amnesty”

Stu Harris, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 1929 in El Paso, Texas, said that the continually worsening crisis along the U.S.-Mexican border is the result of the U.S. government granting “de facto amnesty" to illegal immigrants.

The NBPC is the union that represents more than 17,000 Border Patrol agents and support staff. The NBPC Executive Committee is staffed by current and retired Border Patrol agents.

Speaking with Breitbart Texas (the section of dedicated to covering Texas news), Harris provided his take on the vast increase in illegal cross-border traffic: “This situation is de facto amnesty. The word has gotten out that we will simply release people into the US if enough of them come at once. The result is that they are doing it.”

Harris also criticized the way the media has covered the illegal immigration crisis:

A lot of the media is saying these people are coming because of economic crisis and violence in their home countries, but these conditions have existed for more than a decade. The only thing that has changed is the talk of immigration reform and amnesty. That is what is bringing these people here now.

Another statement Harris made concurred with a June report from KRGV News in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas we cited recently about a woman named Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz, a woman from Guatemala who had crossed the border illegally with her six-year-old daughter. Bercian Diaz told KRGV that people back in Guatemala told her: “Go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”

Bercian Diaz told the news crew that when the reporters encountered her, she and her daughter were lost and searching for Border Patrol agents!

Harris noted this strange phenomenon when he told Breitbart: 

Our guys risk their lives. The people who are turning themselves in now, are people who would have tried to avoid us and would have been running away from us when they crossed illegally.

Now these same people want to find border patrol agents and turn themselves in. That really says something….

They know they can come here and they will get released into the United States. That is all that has changed. That is why they are coming here now in such large numbers.

Exactly how large are the “large numbers” that Harris referred to? A Reuters article on May 29 cited Obama administration estimates that 60,000 children unaccompanied by parents or relatives will pour into the United States this year, up from about 6,000 in 2011. While no one knows how many adults come across the border illegally, in 2011, the Border Patrol apprehended a total of 129,118 illegal immigrants. Given the recent flood, current figures are undoubtedly much higher.

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