Despite President Trump issuing a lockdown on non-essential travel between the United States and Mexico, some lower-level officials in Customs and Border Protection are defying his order and allowing many border-crossers to pass at checkpoints, according to the Washington Examiner.
CBP employees in Arizona claimed that they were ordered by their direct superiors to ignore the president’s order, and allowed “hundreds” of vehicles crossing in from Mexico to pass as long as the occupants claimed that they were “going shopping,” visiting family, or other excuses.
“Nobody’s enforcing it,” one official lamented. “It was put up, the president put it out. The chief patrol put it out. And we’re just not doing it.”
A second and even more frustrated official angrily described the ordeal as “a giant shit show. Nobody followed the directive, a plain and simple directive. You’re trying to keep the coronavirus from going north, yet you just let it bleed through anyway, so you’re not doing the job you’re directed to. That’s what’s aggravating.”
Another agent explained a possible reason for the defiance of the order, saying that he was told by one customs official that “there was an issue between the first-line supers and second-line. Basically, second-line didn’t want to make the public angry. That’s pretty much your job at the port, to make people angry.”
Similar lockdowns on travel have been initiated by the United States against Canada, China, and all of Europe. In the months preceding the outbreak of the virus, both illegal and legal immigration into the United States had plummeted dramatically due to the Trump Administration’s policies.