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Border Patrol Calls in Sick
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:51:54 PM »
Border Patrol Calls in Sick

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By: Sarah CowgillMay 15, 2019Articles, Crime & Punishment, Healthcare, illegal immigration, Migrant caravan, Politics, Social Issues

by Sarah Cowgill


Just when you think the crisis on the U.S. southern border couldn’t get any worse, it does. Border Patrol agents, by the busload, are calling in sick, not because of a union strike action or the “green flu.” Heck, they aren’t even calling in for the real flu, but instead for a whole host of infectious diseases potentially being brought in by asylum-seeking illegal aliens.
Carlos Favela, president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1929 in El Paso, TX, is sounding alarm bells: “I believe this is probably the record, you know, Border Patrol-wide, since ever, of agents calling in sick.”

The increasing number of agents reporting in sick and notifying their union representatives of being exposed to diseases such as chicken pox, H1N1, tuberculosis, and Legionnaires’ is prompting Favela to seek assistance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

On average, Favela states, in the El Paso sector alone, 25 agents are calling off work daily. Not only are they battling the creeping crud, but, compounding illness with insult, many have run out of sick days and are showing up to work ill and contagious. These are federal agents who put their lives on the line to protect our country – and at times not receiving pay – because Congress is unwilling to aid in the mission. Unlike those who warm congressional seats, the agents take their oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” seriously and without reservation.

Recent reports from the Department of Homeland Security indicate Border Patrol agents encountered 109,144 migrants in April 2019, the highest in 12 years. These bedraggled asylum seekers overwhelmed a struggling system and poured into New Mexico, California, Texas, and Arizona without medical screening, proper paperwork, or vetting.
And it appears our overworked, underaided Border Patrol is paying a hefty price while congressional Democrats thwart national security efforts.
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