Despite President Donald Trump’s firm commitment to stemming the flow of illegal immigration by enhancing federal law enforcement’s presence on the U.S.-Mexico border, obstructionist efforts by holdovers from the Obama administration have left 40 miles of the border completely unpatrolled, Breitbart News reported.
According to a set of orders handed out to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents by a Havre Sector Border Patrol manager, agents are strictly prohibited from leaving their assigned zones, even if it means that stretches of the border that were once regularly patrolled are now left defenseless.
The missive applies to one of the six Border Patrol stations that comprise the Havre Sector. That station consists of six zones totaling 60 linear miles, only 20 miles of which they are allowed to patrol without disobeying their orders.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, sever Border Patrol agents expressed concern about the potential security risks that the bizarre mandate poses.
“Criminal cartels exploit our weaknesses on a daily basis and they’re certainly going to exploit such a large area of open and unpatrolled border,” one agent said, while another lamented: “From a border security standpoint, this directive makes no sense, but there has to be another reason so I don’t think it’s a far stretch to conclude it’s due to corruption.”
Other Border Patrol agents have suggested that Obama-era policies are to blame for the questionable decision and have called for their superiors to be reassigned until a proper investigation into the matter can be carried out.
Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), noted that the Havre Sector has recorded the most complaints of any other sector within the agency in the last few years. All investigations that have taken place, though, involve managers investigating other managers – which tends to lead to “no cause of wrong doing found.”