Texas Border Agents Told Not To Talk To Media

(June 13, 2014) U.S. Border Patrol agents who are trying to control an increasing flood of unaccompanied child immigrants along the Texas-Mexico border have been warned not to talk to reporters.

Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Eligio "Lee" Pena warned more than 3,000 agents based in the Rio Grande Valley that reporters looking for information on what President Barack Obama has described as a humanitarian crisis, "may try to disguise themselves."

In an email sent to agents, Pena said agents should not speak to reporters, on or off duty, without permission.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told The Associated Press he was not aware of the email, but said he generally doesn’t support telling people not to talk.


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