Friday, March 29, 2019

Border Officer Secret: He was Undocumented

Here is a "man bites dog" kind of story by Manny Fernandez in the New York Times:

"Marco A. De La Garza Jr. spent nearly six years as a federal officer with Customs and Border Protection, working on the front lines of America’s southern border in Arizona and doing his best to keep undocumented immigrants out of the United States.

A Navy veteran, he was known for going the extra mile: One day, while off duty, he rushed out of a barbecue at his in-laws’ house in Sierra Vista, Ariz., when he spotted an undocumented man being chased by the Border Patrol. He tackled the runner and held him until the agents caught up.

Few knew Mr. De La Garza’s secret: He was undocumented, too."

De La Garza now faces legal troubles.  And he apparently was not the first undocumented immigrant to be employed by the federal government to enforce the immigration laws.  Click this link for more details.


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