This week, the U.S. Border Patrol Chief, Michael Fisher, issued a new order that leaves his 21,000 agents virtually defenseless against potential illegal immigrants and drug smugglers, reports The Daily Caller.
The instructions, issued on Mar. 7, states:
“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves.”
The directive also tells DHS border guards that they must, “keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.”
To make matters even more complicated, they aren’t allowed to open fire on any “moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents,” which includes drug smugglers’ cars and vans/trucks carrying illegals.
In short, the instructions explicitly prevent agents from using their guns to defend the U.S. border, saying they can only use their firearms if their lives are in jeopardy, arguing:
“Agents shall not discharge their firearms at a moving vehicle unless the agent has a reasonable belief that… deadly force is being used against an agent.”
Drug Lords and human traffickers are surely rejoicing with news of this component in the new orders too:
“Agents should not place themselves in the path of a motor vehicle or use their body to block a vehicle’s path.”