San Diego, Calif. (CBS DC) — The spokesman of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613 says that “backdoor amnesty” of illegal immigrants coming through the southern border is controlled from the highest officials at the Department of Homeland Security.

Southern California Border Patrol Agent Gabe Pacheco said on Wednesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show” that local officials are being directed by the “higher up” officials within Homeland Security for releasing immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied minors, “into the community” after being apprehended.

Pacheco says the process has “been going on for years” and he characterized it as a form of “backdoor amnesty” allowed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“It’s no longer local, and our local leadership here, they do not have a say on what is going on,” said Pacheco. “They are getting direction from higher up. Even above Border Patrol headquarters. We are getting direction from within DHS.”

The San Diego group’s website announced a series of “precautionary protocols” for agents dealing with the arrival of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossing the border – with some reportedly carrying infectious health issues.

All agents are advised to bring a “second set of clothes,” plastic trash bags to store work clothing and to see their personal health care providers for tuberculosis tests. Protective gloves and health care education materials will be provided to agents dealing with detainees possibly carrying infectious ailments.

“Depending on the populations targeted, these interventions may include education, chest radiography screening for tuberculosis, directly observed therapy for tuberculosis treatment, improvement of personal clothing and bedding hygiene, and widespread use of ivermectin for scabies and body louse infestation,” reads the Local 1613 guidelines for border agents. “Systematic vaccination against hepatitis B virus, hepatitis A virus, influenza, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and diphtheria is strongly recommended.”

Pacheco confirmed that many immigrants detained at the border are turned over to ICE and then released into the general population with a future court date – many of which see no such promised appearance.

Pacheco added that he has already risked his career by speaking to media outlets about the border problems, and says he was previously written up for making public statements about the overwhelming burden on border patrol agents.

“When you have a porous border, when you have people coming across, agents are busy processing, changing diapers and doing whatever duties go along with that, you don’t have the agent on the ground out there,” said Pacheco. “If you don’t have that agent on the ground, all the infrastructure is for naught.”


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