Border Patrol Union Claims Scabies ‘Outbreak’ Threatens Agents

Photo Credit: APBy Judson Berger.

A Border Patrol union claims that illegal immigrant minors are coming into the U.S. with “active scabies and other illnesses,” claiming one of its agents already has contracted the mite-borne skin infection and warning it could spread into surrounding communities if precautions are not taken.

The union’s warning comes amid claims of tuberculosis at one camp in San Antonio and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s testimony last week of a confirmed case of H1N1, or swine flu.

The medical issues pertain to illegal immigrant minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and being detained in Texas and other states. The most detailed information so far has come out of the San Diego Local 1613 chapter of the National Border Patrol Council.

“Border Patrol management is aware of the scabies outbreak but continue to ignore recommendations,” Ronald Zermeno, health and safety director for the San Diego chapter, wrote to a top California Border Patrol official in a July 4 letter.

The chapter revealed Friday that one of its agents had contracted scabies, “sometime during routine processing of the first group of 140 illegal immigrants from Texas.”

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Photo Credit: TownHallPoll: Obama is Encouraging Illegal Immigrants to Cross the Border

By Sarah Jean Seman.

An estimated 50,000 immigrant children illegally entered the United States within the past few months and Americans believe president Obama encouraged the infiltration, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll.

Nearly half of U.S. voters believe the Obama administration has prompted the flood of illegal immigrant children at the border, and most want them sent back home right away.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters think that the administration, through its statements and policies, has encouraged this wave of illegal immigration. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree, but 23% more are not sure.

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