Holdovers from the Obama Administration are defying orders from President Donald Trump to secure the northern border with Canada.
In their words, “Obama holdovers in the Customs and Border Protection agency are continuing with the same careless disregard in the Trump Administration that they did under former President Obama,” according to Border Patrol agents.
What does the order say? The site claims that the order was signed by an Obama-holdover manager. It demands that agents on the northern border stay within “one assigned zone” and are not to leave the zone to patrol other areas that have historically been monitored – even though there are no other agents to patrol them.
The Havre Sector – the specific zone that is being left unpatrolled – has six border patrol stations and the order applies to one of those stations covering six zones. Effectively, the new order leaves 40 miles of border unpatrolled and unprotected.
What are the agents saying? One of the agents – who spoke anonymously to Breitbart, said “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.”
A second anonymous agent told Breitbart: “From a border security standpoint, this directive makes no sense, but there has to be a reason so I don’t think it’s a far stretch to conclude it’s due to corruption.”
A third agent said: “This order has to be coming from the Sector Chief and Deputy Chief Patrol Agents. They, along with the Station’s Patrol Agent in Charge and Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge, need to be immediately reassigned until a full and thorough investigation can be done into this order.”
Why would he do this? Breitbart reports that the reason is two-fold. First, that it was consistent with previous Obama-era policies and that there was also widespread corruption in the management of the Havre sector.
What’s wrong with the Breitbart story? The story – issued by “Breitbart Texas” fails to mention even once that the “Havre Sector” is actually a stretch of border with Canada. An “unpatrolled” area on the southern border with Mexico is dramatically different than a stretch of unpatrolled border with Canada. It’s misleading at best, and a lie by omission at worst.