U.S. Border Patrol Pulling Rifles, Agents Forced to Share Weapons

| by Michael Allen

U.S. Customs and Border Protection are reportedly pulling some Border Patrol agents' M4 carbine rifles out of circulation and forcing agents to share weapons.

"There's a lot of agents that are pretty upset over it," Art del Cueto, president of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector union, told KVOA. "We know it's a dangerous job. We know what we signed on for but we want to have as much of the equipment as we need to perform the job."

"The problem is they are now [pooling] guns so what happens is instead of having their individual ones they have sighted in they're having to use a pool weapon that you don't know who used it before you," added del Cueto.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement last week: "CBP's Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are jointly inspecting the serviceability of M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol Sectors nationwide. Some of (the) inspected M4 carbines were deemed unserviceable and removed from inventory to alleviate safety concerns. Inspections will continue to ensure the unserviceable M4 carbines are repaired or replaced for reintroduction into the field."

KRGV reports that an 18th Street gang member from Mexico was recently caught crossing the border, which brings the total number up to 53 since August. notes that while some Border Patrol agents are losing their guns temporarily, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted a bid solicitation for 100,000 pairs of underwear and sport bras for undocumented immgrants.

The solicitation doesn't actually mention undocumented immigrants, however, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency did list a bid for 42,000 pairs of underwear for immigrants during the summer, noted The New York Post.

Sources: KRGV, KVOA,, The New York Post (Image Credit: Bill Morrow)