Border Patrol deputy chief says ‘300 to 400 border patrol agents’ a day are out of work quarantining
By Jenny Goldsberry
US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz announced in a press conference Thursday that he has hundreds of agents in quarantine as a result of contracting COVID-19 from migrants at the border. According to him, as many as 400 agents a day are out of commission because of the virus.
“What we’re experiencing now with unaccompanied children, family units, migrants from countries that we traditionally don’t experience, these tremendous flows from are what our Border Patrol agents are faced with each and every day,” Ortiz said. “Then you compound that with this COVID threat. At any given day, I may have between 300 and 400 Border Patrol agents that are in a quarantine status.”
As a result of contracting COVID-19, some have even died. “I wear this black badge over my badge because we’ve lost eight Border Patrol agents in the line of duty to COVID or to other events,” Ortiz explained. “And one is too many.”
This is among the first data set the public has received directly from the source. Earlier this week, CNN’s Brianna Keilar said stories about COVID cases at the border were “BS” and “racist.”
In response, Sara Carter tweeted at Keilar. “I’m sorry Brianna but you need to get down to the border and actually do some reporting,” Carter wrote. “It’s unbelievable how misinformed you are.”
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