Border Patrol Prepared for Migrants Arriving with Coronavirus, Says Incoming Deputy Chief

Thursday, February 27, 2020
By Paul Martin

27 Feb 2020

Incoming Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz told Breitbart Texas his agents are better prepared to deal with the threat of the Coronavirus than any other law enforcement agency. Agents in the field confirmed they are prepared with training, personal protection equipment, and detection and processing protocols.

“I think our (agents) are probably more prepared or better prepared than any law enforcement agency out there,” U.S. Border Patrol Incoming Deputy Chief Raul L. Ortiz told Breitbart Texas in a recent phone interview. “We have instituted some safeguards. We are in the process of running the table-top exercises to make sure that we are prepared.”

Ortiz most recently served as the Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol agent before being appointed by CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan to the number two spot at Border Patrol headquarters.

The chief explained the agency’s history in dealing with these types of outbreaks in the past, including SARS and the Avian flu.

“We recognize that, right now, there’s not a huge risk,” he explained, “but potentially, there could be. What we are trying to do is work with our local medical facilities. We have protocols to isolate people that show symptoms — any type of symptoms.”

Ortiz said agents routinely deal with contagious diseases. “From 2014 on, we’ve had incidences where we’ve had to isolate entire stations because they became susceptible to the flu, scabies, and on and on.”

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