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Border Patrol agent is forced to resign after pleading guilty to ‘hitting a migrant in the face’

U.S. Border Patrol agent, 49, avoids prison after pleading guilty to abusing a migrant by hitting him in the face when he tried to jump a southern border fence

  • Jason Andrew McGilvray, 49, of Calexico, California accepted a plea deal on August 1 to avoid a longer jail sentence for striking the would-be border crosser
  • McGilvray caught the unnamed migrant trying to scale a southern border fence near Gordon’s Well in Imperial County, California on February 16
  • He admitted striking the man in the face after taking him into custody
  • McGilvray agreed to quit his Border Patrol job, cancel his security clearance and to never again apply for a position in federal law enforcement
  • Since 2016, only two border patrol agents have been arrested for ‘mission-related misconduct’
  • Hispanic Americans comprised roughly half of the Border Patrol’s overall workforce as recently as 2016
  • There haven’t been any BP officials arrested for civil rights violations over the last three years
  • Border Patrol agents are five times more likely to be arrested than any other law enforcement officers at the local, state, or federal level 
  • An Intercept investigation uncovered a culture of anti-Hispanic undocumented migrant bigotry and xenophobic abuse among border agents in 2018 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has struck a plea deal to avoid going to prison for hitting a migrant border crosser in the face after arresting the man along the nation’s southern border with Mexico earlier this year.

Jason Andrew McGilvray, 49, who worked at a border patrol station in Calexico, California – located about 121 miles east of San Diego – pleaded guilty to a charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law last week.

He was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation, but avoided a potential maximum prison term of one year. The agent agreed to forfeit his security clearance and to never try to work in federal law enforcement again.

Court documents show McGilvray was covering his post on February 16 when he caught a migrant man identified only as ‘B.S.S.’ trying to jump the border fence.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was recently forced to quit his job to avoid going to prison for hitting a migrant border crosser in the face after arresting the man along the nation’s southern border with Mexico earlier this year

Jason Andrew McGilvray, 49, who worked at a border patrol station in Calexico, California - located about 121 miles east of San Diego - pleaded guilty to a charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law last week

Jason Andrew McGilvray, 49, who worked at a border patrol station in Calexico, California – located about 121 miles east of San Diego – pleaded guilty to a charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law last week

After arresting the man, McGilvray deliberately ‘struck [him] in the face,’ according to his plea agreement, which said the former agent’s actions were a willful use of excessive force that deprived the migrant man of his constitutional rights.

Since 2016, only two border patrol agents have been arrested for ‘mission-related misconduct,’ according to Quartz, which reviewed confidential Customs and Border Patrol data earlier this year.

There haven’t been any BP officials arrested for civil rights violations over the last three years even though the agents are five times more likely to be arrested than any other law enforcement officers at the local, state, or federal level, Quartz reported.

There haven't been any BP officials arrested for civil rights violations over the last three years even though the agents are five times more likely to be arrested than any other law enforcement officers at the local, state, or federal level

There haven’t been any BP officials arrested for civil rights violations over the last three years even though the agents are five times more likely to be arrested than any other law enforcement officers at the local, state, or federal level

An Intercept investigation uncovered a culture of anti-undocumented migrant bigotry and xenophobic abuse among border agents after three anonymous former agents-turned whistleblowers stepped forward with their stories in 2018. Hispanic Americans made up roughly half of the Border Patrol's overall workforce as recently as 2016

An Intercept investigation uncovered a culture of anti-undocumented migrant bigotry and xenophobic abuse among border agents after three anonymous former agents-turned whistleblowers stepped forward with their stories in 2018. Hispanic Americans made up roughly half of the Border Patrol’s overall workforce as recently as 2016

An Intercept investigation uncovered a culture of anti-undocumented migrant bigotry and xenophobic abuse among border agents after three anonymous former agents-turned whistleblowers stepped forward with their stories in 2018.

Those findings were uncovered despite the fact Hispanic Americans made up roughly half of the Border Patrol’s overall workforce as recently as 2016, according to the Daily Signal.

McGilvray’s career with the border patrol began in 2006, agency officials told the Los Angeles Times.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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