Border agent Chris Cabrera, also vice president of the National Border Patrol Council 3307, said the respiratory disease tuberculosis is encountered “pretty regularly,” and that little has been done to improve the quarantine areas where illegals who harbor communicable diseases are detained.
“We see tuberculosis pretty regularly. Scabies – more often than not we have large amounts of infectious diseases as far as scabies go,” the border patrol council spokesperson stated. “And the interesting part with that is it’s not actually seen on the body during the infectious period. And so these people clear through our system and then they go into the rest of the country with that disease.”
“We see a lot of measles, a lot of chickenpox a lot of unidentified illnesses, a lot of lung infections that we don’t even know what we have no idea what they are.”
Cabrera had claimed in 2014 that detainment facilities were lacking in adequate medical resources, describing areas cordoning off sick illegal immigrants as little more than a yellow strip of caution tape.
“We do still have the yellow tape,” Cabrera told Infowars. “Sometimes they use a red tape – I don’t know if there’s any significance there. We do have nurses and doctors on staff that are there but as far as a quarantine facility or an actual method of treating, or really quarantining these people so it doesn’t spread, we don’t have that.”
The officer emphasized that in addition to Border Patrol requiring additional staff, enforcing existing border laws and ending the “catch and release” policy would go a long way in stemming the flow of illegal immigrants.
“The most important thing is there needs to be a mandatory detention, mandatory removal,” Cabrera said. “That would slow down the process of people coming through here. And the sad fact of it is so many people are coming and so many people are not making it. We’re starting to see children 2, 3, 4 years old abandoned on the river bank by themselves. We’ve seen children under ten years old die of exhaustion on the river bank.”
Commenting that Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s proposed border wall would be an asset to agents, Cabrera insisted that a wall would be pointless unless it was backed up by electronic surveillance, helicopters or another form of detection.