Agents Confront Border Patrol Chief, Mayorkas over Policies

Agents Confront Border Patrol Chief, Mayorkas over Policies

February 2, 2022

Townhall reports that leaked audio and video conversations between rank-and-file Border Patrol agents on the one hand, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (pictured) and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz on the other, reveal that agents are fed up with the Biden administration’s open-border policies.

On Wednesday, Mayorkas was asked by agents how DHS can say border security is the Patrol’s main mission, yet they are unable to patrol the border due to the policies currently in place. Mayorkas responded, “I know the policies of this administration are not particularly popular with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but that’s the reality, and let’s see what we can do within the framework.”

Mayorkas told the agents DHS is trying to work with the Mexican government to stop the flow of immigrants before they reach the U.S. border. According to Townhall, the agent who asked the question then turned his back on Mayorkas. He responded by saying, “Let me just say, you can turn your back on me, but I’ll never turn my back on you.” The agent responded by saying Mayorkas turned his back on the agents first. Bravo.

Similarly, in a leaked video recording on Thursday, Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, engaged in a tense exchange with Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz after expressing concerns about morale to Secretary Mayorkas. The secretary quickly handed the question off to Chief Ortiz.

“I get it, you come to work, you’re frustrated. You’re upset because you didn’t get the desired outcome that you want. Doesn’t mean you give up,” Ortiz condescended. The exchange became heated as the agent responded by saying, “I’m not.”

Ortiz told the agents that they all signed up to do what is being asked of them, and an agent interrupted to say, “To defend the Constitution.” Another agent later told Ortiz, “You keep releasing criminal aliens into the country.”

Yet another agent told Ortiz, “For evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. That’s exactly what’s happening here. Good men are doing nothing! You’re allowing illegal aliens to be dropped off in communities.”

A source within the Border Patrol told Breitbart News, “Agents have had it. They’re fed up and are not going to remain silent any longer.”

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