A dangerous stretch of Texas highway hugging the Mexican border is heavily patrolled by state and local police, but not by the thinly stretched Border Patrol which has been told to stand down from enforcing immigration and trafficking laws.
Near Highway 281 outside of Pharr, Texas, a surveillance tower stood high above a dirt road leading towards the Mexican border, yet it wasn’t manned by the Border Patrol but rather city police.
Only a few hundred yards away, at the intersection of the dirt road and the highway, a police officer sat in a SUV facing south and watched the traffic rolling by.
But for the westbound drivers, this officer was only the first they’d seen in a handful of minutes, as the stretch of highway to the east of Pharr was heavily patrolled by Texas state troopers, one of whom told Infowars that the area is known for kidnappings and other violent crimes.
All of these officers heavily outnumbered the Border Patrol agents seen in and around a 50 mile stretch of highway between Pharr and the border city of Brownsville, Texas on Monday, a chilling indication that state and local law enforcement agencies are likely having to step up against the tide of violence coming from the south as the Border Patrol backs off from many of its law enforcement duties.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s drugs, bodies, or how large the group is, our agents are being ordered to stand down by Border Patrol management,” Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, told Breitbart News back in October. “I have received reports from our agents in every single sector from San Diego to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas that they are receiving these orders.”
“They are not being relieved in place, they are simply being told that someone else is being dispatched, but none of us have seen that occur,” he continued. “We are simply being ordered to stand down and stop tracking and trying to apprehend the criminals.”
Nothing has changed for the better. As we reported yesterday, far more Border Patrol vehicles were parked at various government facilities than patrolling the streets and surrounding areas of Brownsville, contrary to what one would expect considering the current surge of immigrant youth flooding into America.
The morale of immigration agents has declined considerably and many of them are now looking for new jobs because even when the agents are not stonewalled from making arrests, the immigrants they capture are quickly released.
“We can put as many people as we want on the border, but if we’re gonna catch them, hook them up and then release them, then what good is it gonna do?” An anonymous Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent told Infowars.