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Pacheco stated that for years, illegal immigrants have been turned over to ICE by the Border Patrol only to be “released into the community,” and also reported “this has been going on for years.” He characterized the release of illegals by ICE as “backdoor amnesty, de-facto amnesty.”
He added that the handling of the influx of illegal immigrants is being directed by officials at the Department of Homeland Security, and stated that decisions regarding the response to the crisis are “no longer at local, our local leadership here, they don’t have a say,” adding “we’re getting direction from DHS.”
Pacheco also reported that Border Patrol agents face retaliation if they talk to the media about the problems at the border. He said “I risk my career” by speaking out, and said that he has previously been written up for communicating with the press.
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