Wednesday, July 17, 2019

ProPublica: What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children

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Check out this compelling new article from ProPublica: A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children.

The article features interviews with a veteran Border Patrol agent who was pulled from his day-to-day job on the East Coast to work a stint in McAllen, Texas, supervising migrant children. The agent agreed that the reports on poor conditions were "more substantiated than not." Indeed, his first impression was of a "scene from a zombie apocalypse movie" with "sickness and filth everywhere."

As for why it was permitted to get so bad, the agent opined:

Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal. That includes the people responsible for fixing the problems.

Interestingly, the article delves into how this agent managed to cope with what he saw and experienced in McAllen. Basically, he shut down. He walled off his motions and refused to dwell on what he say. He kept his head down, did his job, and started looking forward to retirement.


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