Border Patrol Official: Central Americans Entering U.S. With Contagious Health Conditions
Border Patrol Official: Central Americans Entering U.S. With Contagious Health Conditions By Susan Jones for CNS News
“Well, we’re seeing an unprecedented number of people crossing the border illegally as family units,” Aaron Hull, the chief for the El Paso Border Patrol sector, told “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo.
Hull said there’s been a 600 percent increase in arrivals, most of them family units, in the current fiscal year to date, compared with the same period in the prior fiscal year.
And many of those people are sick, he said, a situation that forces Border Patrol agents to divert from their main mission.
Hull called it a “huge resource drain.”
“Agents join the Patrol to secure the border, to enforce the law, but increasingly they’re being tasked with things that they never thought they would be doing — heating up baby bottles, literally changing diapers, caring for more and more sick people, because a lot of these aliens coming in are carrying contagious health conditions, things like chicken pox, scabies, tuberculosis, lice.”
Hull said the Border Patrol has its own emergency medical technicians and paramedics, who treat the people they’re able to help, and they have contract medical support for more serious cases, but it costs a lot of money to take people to the hospital.
“We have had to deal with pregnancies and all types of medical conditions that occur when you have family unit aliens.”
Hull said 90 percent of the illegal aliens walking into the El Paso sector are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. And he repeated what so many Americans have heard over and over again:
“Those people realize that as long as they’re being apprehended by us, they are still likely to be released on their own recognizance. That’s because the country, the U.S. government as a whole, does not have the detention and removal capability to hold them in custody until their immigration hearing.