U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ordered to Pick Up Trash Instead of Protecting Our Border

01-17-11 Teams of uniformed Border Patrol agents from the Casa Grande station are being ordered to spend their duty shifts cleaning up trash on the Tohono O'Odham Indian reservation instead of performing the police work they were hired for. This is outrageous. Border Patrol agents are not dumping trash on the reservation, nor are we responsible for cleaning up the mess. Illegal aliens, smugglers, and reservation members are dumping trash on the reservation. For example, there are thousands upon thousands of empty quart beer bottles strewn about the reservation, dumped there by tribal members. Many tribal residents dump household trash wherever it's convenient. And as we all know, illegal aliens and smugglers could care less about littering in this country. Littering by tribal members and illegal aliens on the reservation has been going on for decades.

Some Border Patrol and DHS managers have been going out of their way to appease tribal leaders for years, but this is ridiculous. Agents assigned to these trash pick-up duties report tribal members snickering at them and belittling them. We are used to that type of treatment for enforcing the law, but being forced to pick up their trash, especially while on duty and in uniform is shameful, and it needs to stop.

01-18-11 update: Our newest information indicates that agents showed up for muster at Casa Grande station and were ordered to report to the Tohono O'odham district office at Federal Route 19 and Baboquivari Park Road. They were issued sticks with nails in them and told to pick up trash along the roadsides. This was presumably in preparation for a meeting with tribal leaders at the District office so that certain BP managers could ingratiate themselves to the tribal leaders. We are disgusted by these actions.

There is a very high unemployment rate on the reservation, and in the country as a whole. The tribe is bringing in millions of dollars in casino revenue. How is it feasible that with an out-of-control border we are assigning Border Patrol agents to do work that many states and municipalities assign prisoners to perform? It is a minimum wage job that takes almost zero job skills, and this is how management decides to utilize Border Patrol manpower?


Border Patrol Agents Picking Up Trash on Tohono O'odham Reservation

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