The Border Patrol Union has made a press release bashing Bush's proposed immigration reforms. They mention the declining border patrol agent morale due to lack of support and that the Bush policy is inherently flawed.
Border Patrol Union Press Release
President Bush continues to maintain a contradictory and perilous position regarding illegal immigration, claiming his plan does not amount to amnesty. Standard American language usage contravenes the President’s specious explanation in that his plan clearly overlooks the offense of illegal aliens who entered this country in violation of law and would not seek prosecution; a full amnesty within contextual and explicit meaning. The current position of the Administration on illegal immigration is demonstrative of a flawed public and enforcement policy which undermines national security by encouraging future mass illegal immigration. Additionally, the intention of the President sends contradictory signals to agencies tasked with securing our borders.
The position of the Administration on illegal immigration has had a profound and negative effect not only on law enforcement operations, but also agent morale. The impact on agent morale was measured in a survey conducted by independent Hart Research Associates during the summer of 2004. The survey found a majority of agents were demoralized and were not getting the full support needed to protect the country (Government Executive Magazine, August 23, 2004), clearly indicating a conflict between the view of professional field agents and the Administration in regard to national domestic security. The Administration’s current immigration plans will exacerbate, not alleviate, that problem.
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