Sick Migrants Infecting Border Patrol Agents; Big Worries Around Ebola

  • With an increasing number of African migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo crossing the U.S. southern border, some Texas Border Patrol agents are worried about being exposed to Ebola, a potentially fatal disease.
  • According to union representatives, many agents “are worried about other illnesses frequently popping up among detainees at stations across the southern border.”
  • Holding facilities in the El Paso and Del Rio areas are full of sick detained migrants and agents who have been in close contact with them.
  • National Border Patrol Council vice president Jon Anfinsen described “the number of people in custody and subsequent illnesses among that population” as “unprecedented.”
  • Anfinsen said: “Scabies, chickenpox — we had one case of the mumps here in Uvalde. I wanna say we had measles — plenty of the flu, plenty of colds, body lice, just assorted. And some of these things, they spread like wildfires when you get into a cramped holding cell. It happens.”
  • Anfinsen also said that the continuous breakouts, caused by overcrowding and the inability to quarantine sick individuals, are taking mental and physical tolls on Border Patrol agents.
  • Anfinsen said: “It’s not so much the workload. It’s the constant illnesses. We have a lot of agents who are sick. The other day I talked to agents from four different stations. And every single one of them had a cough.”
  • He added: “It’s become the new normal, and you gotta just keep going and do your job because you can’t just not process them.”
  • El Paso union officials have told agents to wear face masks and gloves to protect themselves from illnesses.
  • Per officials, “migrants are currently screened after being taken into custody and transported from where they were found to a Border Patrol station.”

Reference Links

  • Fox: Border Patrol agents fall prey to illnesses plaguing migrant holding centers READ
  • Sean Hannity: HEALTH SCARE AT THE BORDER: Agents Warned of ‘Ebola,’ Other Diseases at Migrant ‘Holding Centers’ READ
  • The New American: Border Agents Getting Sick From Illegal Aliens, Worry About Contracting Ebola From African Illegals READ
  • BPR: Border Patrol agents plagued with illnesses spread by waves of incoming migrants READ

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