Former Border Patrol agent describes 'quota pressure'


By David Kelly
Los Angeles Times

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MURRIETA, Calif. — A former Border Patrol officer said Thursday that constant demands to meet monthly arrest quotas led agents in the Inland Empire to cruise streets, bus stops and even medical clinics looking for illegal immigrants.

"We had to make eight apprehensions a day and if we didn't meet that goal we were pressured to get more the next day," said Tony Plattel, who was fired last month for driving what he said were six dehydrated illegal immigrants back to headquarters despite orders to wait until his van was full. "I interfered with the quota, that's why I was fired," he said.

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