The New American, Mar. 8
“The Bush administration’s proposal to offer amnesty to illegal immigrant workers has prompted federal officials to instruct border patrol agents not to disclose information that might reflect poorly on the idea, a government document shows,” reported the January 21 Detroit Free Press.
The official memo from the public affairs office of the Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington orders agents “not to talk about amnesty, an increase in apprehensions, or give comparisons of past immigration reform proposals” when talking to the press. “Do not provide statistics on apprehension spikes or past amnesty data.”
Agency spokesman Mario Villarreal claims that the purpose of the memo is to enable agents “to accurately address any questions that may arise from the proposal.” However, according to the Free Press, retired border patrol agent John Frecker insists that the memo “is being used to intimidate agents into not raising concerns about problems they could face in dealing with an influx of illegal immigrants.”