The agent says he expects to lose his job for exposing irresponsible public-health policies at the agency.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection
agency has served one of its agents with a letter saying “you must
immediately cease and desist” from issuing statements and press releases
to the media with information that is “Law Enforcement sensitive,”
according to the document, obtained by National Review Online.
Scudder, assistant chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector, sent the
letter to agent Ron Zermeno, health and safety director of National
Border Patrol Council Local 1613, notifying him of an investigation into
his conduct and to “remind” him that no agent should make statements or
issue press releases “without proper authorization.”
the validity of the letter to NRO. He says he thinks the order is
retaliation for his actions as a whistleblower, which have involved
exposing the public-health risks associated with the illegal immigrants
transported to the San Diego Sector. “As a union officer, I feel it’s my
job to expose when management is putting people at risk,”