BP Offers Useful Advice to Border Crossers Who Want to Stay ‘in the Shadows’

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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August 16, 2016

When I read that the U.S. Border Patrol’s website offered advice to illegal immigrants about how they can most successfully enter and remain in the United States, I was sure I had seen something similar in the not-too distant past.

BP gives tips to aliens to avoid deportation.

And, sadly, I was right. About a decade ago, in what was a more temperate time in the never-ending immigration debate, the Mexican government published and distributed about 1.5 million copies of a comic book-style booklet titled “Guide for the Mexican Migrant.”

While Mexico’s pamphlet gave practical advice like don’t get dehydrated, don’t resist arrest and don’t do drugs, the Border Patrol has more specific recommendations for aliens searching for safe haven.

Among its suggestions to escape arrest are to walk in numbers of two or more, and to seek out safe houses like churches, schools, hospitals, clinics and licensed day care providers, so-called “sensitive locations.”

Believe it or not – and in the Obama administration, you better believe it – the Border Patrol is more comprehensive in its how-to advice for aliens than the Mexican government was ten years ago. In essence, a U.S. law enforcement agency is giving criminals a road map to break America’s immigration laws.

Don’t blame the Border Patrol, though. The agents would like to do their jobs, but President Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson won’t let them. As Shawn Moran, Vice-President at the National Border Patrol Council, said: “Our agents are frustrated. We want to be able to enforce the law.” Not surprisingly since the White House actively prevents DHS, including Border Patrol employees, from doing their jobs, moral continues at a historic low.

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