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U.S. Border Agents have a tough job.

As the uniformed law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security, they are charged with detecting and preventing illegal aliens, terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, and preventing illegal trafficking of people and contraband.

By the time agents arrive at their duty station, they have had 21 weeks of training in criminal law, nationality law, and administrative immigration law, self-defense, in addition to firearms training and arrest techniques.

For the past eight years, agents have been restrained by a hands-off policy decreed by the Obama administration.

Their frustration only grew when Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 in the line of duty, a victim of the Obama administration’s “Fast and Furious” operation while protecting illegal immigrants who were being preyed upon by a group of armed illegals.

But on January 20, 2017, things changed and a new administration announced that the days of ignoring the law and instructing law enforcement officers to stand down in the face of criminal actions are over.

The new policy of catching and detaining lawbreakers reflects President Trump’s commitment to law and order and was in full effect this past week as Border Agents apprehended four Mexican nationals on charges of violating immigration laws.

The arrests were made at a makeshift care camp, No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths), which provides basic first aid and humanitarian care to illegals who may have suffered injuries or heat stroke in the desert.

The agents served a warrant on the camp in Arivaca, Arizona, about 10 miles from the border, where a spokeswoman said the four illegals were receiving care.

A volunteer with No Mas Muertes underscored the shift in policy.

“In the last four years we have had a written agreement that states that the Border Patrol will respect international Red Cross standards in allowing us to provide humanitarian assistance without government interference,” said Maryada Vallet.

“This is the first time they have entered with a warrant.”

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol released a statement claiming it had “reached out” to the camp, “to continue a positive working relationship and resolve the situation amicably,” adding that after the talks proved unsuccessful, the agency was “compelled to seek a search warrant to question the four suspected illegal aliens as to their citizenship and legal right to be present in the United States.”

The warrant was carried out without incident, but Vallet said in an interview that she thought the arrest was a “targeted attack” on the humanitarian aid the camp has been providing, and blamed the Trump administration for the arrests.

She did not blame the four men who crossed the border illegally for their arrests.

 

 

 

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