Border Agents Cleared of Civil Rights Complaints from Illegal Immigrant Children

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, July 31, 2014

Internal investigators have already dismissed most complaints of civil rights violations against federal agents handling the surge of illegal immigrant children on the border, the Homeland Security Department inspector general said in a new report Thursday that details near-heroic efforts agents and officers are making.

In its first report since the surge, the inspector general said agents have contracted everything from scabies and lice to chickenpox, including bringing the disease home to their own children, as they care for the unaccompanied minors. Investigators also said they saw instances of agents and officers spending their own money to buy toys, clothing and food for children and families.

The report largely clears immigration authorities of dozens of complaints of civil rights violations detailed in a complaint last month from the American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrant rights advocates.

Of the 116 complaints the ACLU filed, the inspector general has dismissed 78 of them. The other 38 are still under review.

Investigators said in addition to looking at the old complaints, they made 87 unannounced visits to 63 sites including border entry points, Border Patrol checkpoints, holding facilities where children are being kept, and the new facility in New Mexico specifically designed to detain illegal immigrant families.

They found no evidence of misconduct, and none of the children they randomly interviewed reported problems, the inspector general said.


The inspector general also found difficult conditions dealing with a population not necessarily used to first-world comforts.

The investigators said some illegal immigrants’ “unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities resulted in unsanitary conditions and exposure to human waste” in some of the facilities.

Investigators confirmed the administration’s own admission that it is often holding the children longer than the 72-hour deadline set in law for turning them over to social workers. The inspector general suggested staffing ratios were partly to blame, with one Border Patrol station having more than 25 children for each employee, while others had as few as three to one.


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  • MekongDelta69

    The ACLU has always been a beneath contemptible outfit.

    Which of course, explains Ruth Bader Ginsberg (among thousands of other leftists), who used to be their General Counsel.

    • IstvanIN

      The ACLU is a mixed bag, not always wrong.

      • LACountyRedneck

        You could also say that about the negro.

    • Paleoconn

      They are a pretty tribal outfit.

      • LACountyRedneck

        Extremely overrepresented and anti-White.

  • Luca

    Civil Rights Complaints? Oh right, the mamasitas were not given pedicures within 24 hours. I can understand the suffering. The ACLU is nothing but a bunch of liberal lawyers how are two steps below ambulance chasers, always trying to drum up work.

  • D.B. Cooper

    You guys keep getting played for fools! Here you go again blaming yet another group. Today it’s the ACLU. How about going after the actual flesh and blood employees who keep filing these complaints without fear because the sissified white boy is too dumb to destroy the root? He can either keep trimming the weed for all eternity, or he can kill the root.

    • Germanicus

      It should be clear by now that two groundbattle prongs of Anti-White interests are exploited in these types of sweetheart complaints and lawsuits. Don’t be distracted by the adversarial appearance of the magic show. Left and right hands pull the eyes in distracting directions, but on a larger scale they work to serve the same telos. The net result is bad for Whites. The bureaucrats in Immigration as well as the malefactors in the ACLU generally serve to erode the European, Christian charter of Americs. ‘Generally,” I say. They sometimes act in ways that serve their camouflage, but the general trend is to vector Leftward and, most importantly, toward the destruction of White, Western, Christian culture and people.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Would white Americans be able to file civil rights complaints against Mexican and Guatemalan border agents if they were caught illegally crossing into Mexico or Guatemala? Maybe the Guatemalans would put these illegal white Americans up in five-star hotels, give them free cash and well-paying jobs too.

    • Pilgrim786

      I seriously think it’s about time we consider bombing the f**k out of central/south America and quarantine all peoples from those belligerent nations until we’re good and ready to release them.

  • TruthBeTold

    They found no evidence of misconduct, and none of the children they
    randomly interviewed reported problems, the inspector general said.

    That’s because the children didn’t talk to representatives of the ACLU first.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Have some agents been tapped as wet nurses?

      You know…imagine being a border agent who…

      Signed up to make a living doing something honorable and good, who took pride in your service, thought of yourself as a professional…a border guard.

      And now you find yourself working for this sketchy mulatto prezzy who uses you like a welcoming committee/day care service…instead of patrolling the border and enforcing laws you are forbidden to enforce.

      This prezzy is a cancer on the presidency.

  • Investigators also said they saw instances of agents and officers spending their own money to buy toys, clothing and food for children and families.
    Of course the Border Patrol sympathies are with the messcans. Because so many in the Border Patrol are messcans themselves.

    The ultimate insantity: The white population pays messcans to guard the country from invasion by messcans.

    The BP is a fifth column, allied with Obama in this, which is why the ACLU complaints were dismissed so quickly. The ACLU complaints were a false flag, engineered by Obama/Holder to mislead whites into thinking that the BP was doing its duty.

  • ncpride

    Did the Washington Times actually call these people what they are…? ILLEGAL!? I’m shocked I tell ya!

    • Paleoconn

      The Times is neocon and at one point when Sam Francis wrote for it, it was pretty decent. You’re thinking WaPost which is The New York Times franchise in DC. Both are sleazy liberal rags useful for lining litter boxes and birdcages.

      • ncpride

        I’m surprised anyone calls them illegals….even a ‘conservative’ paper. The word illegal has become the new N-word, despite it’s absolute accuracy.

        • Paleoconn

          Criminals is a better word. I forget who pointed it out but ‘undcoumented’ is so ridiculous if you consider the fact that if there is one thing they have plenty of, it’s documents. All fake, but documents nonetheless. I never passed the bar so from now I’ll list my services as an undocumented lawyer. My DUI resulted in losing my license, presto I’m an undocumented driver.

          It must be hell having a liberal brain expending so much energy to come up with nonsense expressions in a colossal effort to avoid offending somebody. ‘Colored person’ is no good, but ‘people of color’ is OK. Explain that to me, Hillary.

          • Since I never spent a single day in medical or dental school, I’m an undocumented MD and an undocumented DDS. I have also never run for public office, which thus makes me an undocumented elected official. Never having gone to flight school or gotten a commercial pilot’s license, I am an undocumented airline captain. The list is almost infinite!

        • Augustus3709

          Right, words that weren’t offensive before have magically become offensive. Says who? Now every article calls the Redskins a “controversial” name. Since when? It was just another team name my whole life. If it wasn’t offensive before, somebody is trying to cash in, or feed their narcissism by controlling the speech of others.

  • Jo

    Let’s begin brainstorming for ways to bring ACLU down. Everytime I see those four letters, my blood boils.

  • A Freespeechzone

    What about OUR Civil Rights that are being given to these criminals? The rights earned by Veterans?

    Time for mass civil disobedience.

  • Gary John 金白龍

    Of the nine(9) senior executives of the American Civil Liberties Union, four(4) are Jews. This is a numerical representation of 44%. Jews are approximately 2% of the U.S. population.* Therefore Jews are over-represented among the senior executives of the American Civil Liberties Union by a factor of 22 times(2,200 percent).

    Susan N. Herman(Ashkenazi Jew) – President

    Dorothy M. Ehrlich(Ashkenazi Jew) – Deputy Executive Director

    Geri E. Rozanski(Ashkenazi Jew) – Director, Affiliate Support and Advocacy

    Steven R. Shapiro(Ashkenazi Jew) – Legal Director of the ACLU

    • Alexandra1973

      Jews are the “wizard” of Oz. The man behind the curtain is wearing a backwards collar.

  • WR_the_realist

    The ACLU always sues anybody who tries to enforce immigration law. That’s one reason they will never get a dime from me.

  • Tarczan

    The ACLU was founded by Roger Baldwin, a communist. The goal of the ACLU is to promote communism. From time to time they take cases that appear to go against their mandate in order to appear to be mainstream. Don’t be fooled.