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by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 6, 2014) — On July 4, also known as American Independence Day, a letter was issued by the National Border Patrol Council, Local 1613, to Paul Beeson, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol, reporting that at least one Border Patrol agent who dealt directly with “processing” illegal aliens who had come across the southern border has been diagnosed with scabies.
The press release is here: Scabies Alert
According to Medicine.net:
- Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease caused by an infestation by the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei.
- Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission.
- A severe and relentless itch is the predominant symptom of scabies.
Although “not a trained medical professional,” the infected agent was tasked with performing basic medical screenings of the illegals and may have transmitted the disease to his wife, young children and fellow Border Patrol agent with whom he carpools to work.
The Post & Email then contacted Health and Safety Director for the Border Patrol Ronald Zermeno, whose signature appears at the bottom of the press release, to verify the authenticity of the letter, to which Zermeno responded that it was an authentic writing.
In his letter to Beeson, Zermeno challenged Beeson’s apparent statement that all illegal detainees had been screened for diseases prior to their relocation to communities around the country. “Our EMT Agents did an initial medical screening of the detainees upon their arrival and identified several with active scabies and other illnesses,” Zermeno wrote.
He also recommended against releasing the illegal aliens into American towns and cities. “They should be held for deportation hearings,” he told Beeson. Of the infected Border Agent, Zermeno said, “I request that your staff not down play [sic] this incident and call it an isolated incident.”
In his response to The Post & Email, Zermeno stated that he included the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for controlling the spread of the disease. However, in the last paragraph of the letter, Zermeno stated that he recommends going beyond the CDC’s recommendation to “place contaminated bedding in paper bags” and use plastic bags instead. He also said that “Border Patrol management is aware of the scabies outbreak but continue to ignore recommendations.”
Other diseases contracted by the illegals are chicken pox and H1N1 flu. Talk show host and trained epidemiologist Michael Savage believes that the surge of illegals is “an invasion orchestrated in the White House for political reasons.”
While Obama has characterized the massive influx of illegals as “an urgent humanitarian situation,” a solicitation for companies which could provide services, including transportation to other places in the U.S., was published in January with the announcement that tens of thousands of “unaccompanied alien children” were to be expected.
On June 2, ABC News reported that Obama’s domestic policy director, Cecilia Munoz, had said that the arrival of child illegals had “spiked in the last month,” but a large number have been streaming across the border for the last eight months. Last summer, Munoz told Fox News’s Juan Williams that “immigration reform” was an issue both Republicans and Democrats wanted to pass but that Obama “has no back-up plan if immigration reform fails.”
This year, Obama said he will take “executive action” as a result of the Congress’s failure to pass a bill.
Munoz formerly worked as an officer for La Raza, which advocates for “immigration reform” and the Common Core educational standards. On June 30, La Raza headlinedan article with “GOP’s Refusal to Advance Immigration Reform Leaves No Other Alternative—President Must Act.”
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) considers minors who arrive in the U.S. without an adult as in need of “opportunities” and seeks to “assist them in becoming integrated members of our global society.”
Last week, an internal memo issued to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) instructed agency personnel to stop using the word “alien” when identifying the children coming mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The New York Daily News referred to the illegals as “detainees” and “migrant workers.” Similarly, The New York Times termed the aliens “migrants” and “immigrants.”
One town has refused busloads of illegals on two occasions by mounting protests upon their arrival and convincing the drivers peacefully to take their passengers elsewhere. At times, tempers have flared on both sides over the busloads of illegals which the Obama regime has been dropping off in various border communities without notice for months.
The New York Times reported of Murrieta that “The recent tensions have exposed a deep divide in the city: Although Latinos make up more than 25 percent of the population and have opened up several small businesses as the area has grown, Murrieta has not been as transformed by immigration as many other communities in Southern California have.” Murrieta residents are reportedly fearful of “crime” and other detrimental effects from illegal aliens’ presence in their town.
The current influx of aliens has been described as a debate concerning “immigration,” but former Border Patrol agent and Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) George Taylor told The Post & Email that the entry of illegal aliens into the country is being “orchestrated” by those who “hate America” and wish it ill.
Some of those allowed in the country illegally have defiled the American flag and uttered obscenities at Americans who oppose their means of entry.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that the Obama regime has allowed nearly 300,000 illegal aliens to enter the country since the beginning of this year to allegedly join relatives already here with little chance of deportation. However, gang members, drug runners and other criminals are also reportedly coming in, some of whom have preyed upon, and taken the lives of, Americans living in border areas.
The source of the memo sent to ICE was not identified, but ICE is a sub-agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In March, U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) Chief Gen. John Kelly told the Senate Armed Services Committee that efforts conducted at sea in partnership with other countries to apprehend the narcotics trade were severely curtailed because of “service cuts” and “asset shortfalls.” Southcom is located in Doral, FL, and its mission is to “to foster security, ensure stability, and promote prosperity throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean and the global community.”
Kelly believes that members of the U.S. military should be utilized to protect the border with Mexico.
The media has not been permitted to tour detention centers housing the illegal aliens at will. Sections of at least three military bases have been designated as holding centers: Ft. Sill in Oklahoma; Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX; and Naval Base Ventura County in southern California.
Health workers hired to provide screenings to the child illegals have been threatened with their job or criminal charges if they should speak to the press.
Border agents were also instructed not to speak to the press. Border Patrol agent and spokesman Hector Garza nevertheless defied the order, stating that “the Obama administration is not only aiding and abetting illegal alien smuggling,” which was consistent with that which Taylor told us.
Todd Starnes of Fox News calls the detention centers “refugee camps” and reported that medical workers providing screening for the children have been threatened with firing or arrest if they should speak with the media about the conditions inside. “Unfortunately, the federal government is putting a shroud of secrecy over these refugee camps,” Starnes said on Fox & Friends on Sunday morning.
Starnes also reported that according to multiple sources, many of the children “want to go right back home” to “their moms and dads,” as they are unaware of why they were “sent” to the United States.
He reported that Fairfax County, VA is now overwhelmed with Spanish-speaking children from other countries for which community resources will be strained to provide bilingual education. Fairfax County is reported as “a notorious sanctuary for immigration law-breakers where elected officials and big business look the other way for cheap labor and cheap votes” where illegals have committed murder.
Many believe that Obama intends to “collapse America.” Last week, Fox News reported that “Texas officials” asked Obama for assistance “as waves of illegal immigrant children overwhelm the system.” Rep. Michael McCaul, who held a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee meeting on Thursday in McAllen, TX, was reported to have said, “Our military bases are turning into refugee camps. I never thought I’d see this in the United States of America.”
On Independence Day, Kit Daniels of Infowars reported that he was “threatened with imprisonment” for “unauthorized entry” to Lackland. Daniels also described the illegal incursion as an “orchestrated border collapse.”
On Saturday, after reading the Infowars report, The Post & Email contacted military spokesman LCDR Nathan J. Christensen to ask:
Good morning, Commander, are you able to verify the following report:
If the reporter is accurate, media is restricted from entering the holding facilities for the illegals brought there apparently by the U.S. Border Patrol. Rep. Jim Bridinstine also reported that he was barred from entering a facility without an appointment three weeks into the future:
Who authorized “access” by the illegals, and under which federal statute are they allowed to occupy a military base?
Was some kind of memorandum or executive order issued to allow it?
Judicial Watch reported on Friday that Ft. Bliss is also being used as a holding facility for illegal aliens. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/06/ft-bliss-hangar-covertly-used-illegal-alien-processing-center/
Are you able to verify that?
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
P.O. Box 195
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
Our contact advised us to call HHS and DHS on Monday and referred us to an Air Force spokesman, Lt. Col. Thomas Crosson, who told us:
– First that I’m hearing about the article you reference below. I can’t verify it one way or the other at this point. I can say that, in general, DoD installations across the enterprise have policies regarding unauthorized access to military facilities. It is worth pointing out here that media and elected officials have been invited to tour the facilities used to house unaccompanied children. Media are more than welcome, as they have been doing since this mission started at Lackland, to cover this story from outside the gate.
– Ken Wolfe at HHS can address questions regarding the elected official being turned away at Fort Sill. Mr Wolfe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
– The Secretary of Defense authorized the temporary use of vacant DoD facilities at the request of the Secretary of HHS. I don’t have chapter and verse on what authorized him to do that. The overall approval came in the form of a memorandum. It is important to point out here that DoD is loaning vacant space to HHS. HHS is responsible for the care and support for these unaccompanied children.
– The Judicial Watch article you cite from last month is inaccurate. There are no unaccompanied children being housed at Fort Bliss. The only three DoD locations housing unaccompanied children today are Lackland AFB, Navy Base Ventura County and Fort Sill, OK.
Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Lt Col Crosson
On Sunday, in preparation for this article, The Post & Email then asked Crosson:
Thank you for this response, Col. I am writing an article now on this subject. Do you know why the media has to stay “outside the gate?” Is there something the DOD or DHS do not want the public to see?
He then responded:
Sharon, you’d have to contact HHS and DHS to discuss their policies regarding media access and filming on their housing facilities…where they house minors. I believe their policies are similar regardless of where they are housing children (on DoD installations or not). Again, HHS has conducted media tours of the facilities they are borrowing on DoD bases.
Does that help?
Lt Col Crosson
We then asked:
I appreciate your patient responses. I do have one more question, however: the facilities really belong to the U.S. military. How did the arrangement between HHS and DOD come about for HHS to take over those sections of the bases?
Are there any reports of diseases having spread to any military personnel that you know of?
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
Just before press time, Lt. Col. Crosson responded that he was about to have his evening meal and will “respond to your question shortly.”
As of press time, Crosson’s response arrived:
Yes, the facilities belong to DoD. We have a memorandum of agreement with HHS at each installation. HHS made the request to DoD and other government agencies for space in order to help house these kids. DoD identified bases that had vacant space available for potential HHS use. HHS reviewed the list of facilities…and conducted site surveys to determine if the facilities met their needs and standards. Once HHS accepted each facility, they signed the agreement and began their operation.
I know of no military or government civilian employee becoming ill as a result of these children being on base. Remember, DoD personnel are not directly involved in the care of these kids.
Let me know if you need anything else.
Lt Col Tom Crosson
The Post & Email will be contacting DHS and HHS on Monday.
More than four years ago, author Mark Krikorian wrote that “…Obama and his allies have made no secret about their immigration goals: easy amnesty, loose enforcement, and ever-higher levels of legal immigration. One prominent labor leader has boasted that continued mass immigration “will solidify and expand the progressive coalition for the future.”
After Obama used his “phone and pen” two years ago to allow young illegal aliens brought to the country by their parents to defer deportation under certain conditions, a reporter asked him, “Why do you favor foreign workers over Americans?” to which Obama gave no response.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a “natural born Citizen” by means of sole allegiance to the country. Obama’s constitutional eligibility has been questioned since 2008 and never been answered.
Just before the 2008 election, Obama promised to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Anyone challenging his allegiance, background, birthplace, parentage, eligibility or veracity was labeled a “racist,” and Congress refused to vet him before approving the electoral votes in both 2009 and 2013.
Infowars and Breitbart reported on Sunday that a Murrieta resident had learned that on Monday, a new busload of illegals was scheduled to arrive and that “We’re being told that federal Marshals or ICE will be here in the next few days and that they are bringing riot gear.”