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May 11, 2007

Border Patrol Chief Denounced For 'Intimidation Tactics'

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

The Washington Times reports that U.S. Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar is being denounced for "intimidation tactics" in sending a top aide to seek a "show of hands" among field agents for those who support the chief, who received a unanimous "no confidence" vote from leaders of the agency's rank and file.

This, while the National Border Patrol Council, which represents all 11,000 of the Border Patrol's non-supervisory field agents, offers that people who are really under the impression that rank-and-file agents support Aguilar, need to have their heads examined. On April 23 it was reported that the 100 leaders of the nation's 11,000 U.S. Border Patrol's rank-and-file agents were releasing a no-confidence resolution against Chief David V. Aguilar for his failure to back up two agents now serving time for shooting a drug-smuggling illegal alien. In turn, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner W. Ralph Basham said a "no-confidence" vote against Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar by leaders of the agency's rank and file was "derisive, detrimental and blatantly unfair" and said he wanted to meet with union leaders to tell them the chief is the right man for the job.

Apparently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner W. Ralph Basham thinks all of us who have seen the results of his administration's policies, and those of Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar, just fell off the proverbial turnip truck yesterday.

I'm not one to be a big fan of unions, but in this case, and others, we'd better start listening to what our border patrol agents are telling us.

Posted by Abdul at May 11, 2007 6:55 AM

On a related note, Johnny Sutton is finally starting to feel the heat. He made the rounds at all the talk radio stations in Houston as well as the Houston Chronicle. I've heard most of the interviews, he did not make his case with the public.

Posted by: Rorschach at May 11, 2007 10:02 AM

Hopefully, Rorschach, the public has better sense than Sutton gives them credit for having.

Posted by: Abdul at May 11, 2007 11:00 AM

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