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Border Patrol Agent Told to ‘Immediately Desist’ from Speaking to Media

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol sent an official warning to one of its agents, saying he must “immediately desist” from communicating with the media with information that is “Law Enforcement sensitive,” according to the document obtained by National Review.

The letter from Kathleen Scudder, assistant chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector, was sent to agent Ron Zermeno, health and safety director of National Border Patrol Council Local 1613.

Zermemo said he believes the letter was retaliation for blowing the whistle on public health risks involving illegal immigrants.

“As a union officer, I feel it’s my job to expose when management is putting people at risk,” he said. “They violated their oath as Border Patrol agents.”

Zermemo recently notified a superior that two agents contracted scabies while processing immigrants.

“I’m willing to lose my job over this because I know I’m doing the right thing,” Zermeno said. “I’ve been in this agency for 20 years and this is the worst I’ve seen it. It’s similar to the VA.”

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