Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Laredo Border Patrol chief says his mission is terrorism, not illegals or drugs

Carlos X. Carrillo is the Chief Border Patrol officer at one of the most dangerous border crossings in the Southwest, and he says his agency's mission does not include apprehending illegal aliens or seizing narcotics. "I've said it before and I'll say it again," he told a recent Laredo, Texas town-hall meeting.

"The Border Patrol's job is not to stop illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol's job is not to stop narcotics. ... The Border Patrol's mission is not to stop criminals. The Border Patrol's mission is to stop terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the country," he said.

Laredo is the sister city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a city that controlled by one of Mexico's most ruthless drug-smuggling rings.

T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing 12,000 front-line agents, said he was baffled by the Laredo chief's statements. He said he found it “equally disturbing that no one at a higher level has taken any steps to reassure employees and the public that the Border Patrol will continue to intercept all illicit traffic that it encounters. ?

David Aguilar, head of the Border Patrol, said Carrillo’s comments were taken out of context. "Our mission is to protect our country's borders from all threats," Aguilar said. "

1 comment:

  1. Umm and everyone one wonders why this is the worst area for drug smuggling ect because the Chief Border Patrol just sits all day and collects his pay. I wonder instead of sitting maybe his is just sleeping is day away.


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