Border Agents Told Not to Talk to Media

    A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks for illegal migrants at the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas January 25, 2008. Daily, U.S. Border Patrol agents in this Arizona town faced groups of up to 200 illegal immigrants who would swarm across the border from Mexico, sprinting past the agents to a new life in the United States. Picture taken January 25, 2008. To match feature USA-BORDER/   REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (UNITED STATES) - RTR1XTIT

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    The Associated Press obtained an email that warned more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents not to talk to journalists looking for information about the surge of immigrants—especially children from Central America—crossing the southern border in Texas. Written by assistant chief patrol agent Eligio “Lee” Pena, the email warned of journalists who “may try to disguise themselves” and said agents should not speak to reporters, on or off duty, without permission in advance. Any agent who does could be charged with a crime or disciplined administratively. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told the Associated Press that he was not aware of Pena’s email but generally, “I am not a fan of telling people not to talk.” 

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