Well, gee I bet there is a certain group of people who might share those feelings.

Courtesy of NYT:

One Border Patrol agent in Tucson said he had been called a “sellout” and a “kid killer.” In El Paso, an agent said he and his colleagues in uniform had avoided eating lunch together except at certain “BP friendly” restaurants because “there’s always the possibility of them spitting in your food.” An agent in Arizona quit last year out of frustration. “Caging people for a nonviolent activity,” he said, “started to eat away at me.”

For decades, the Border Patrol was a largely invisible security force. Along the southwestern border, its work was dusty and lonely. Between adrenaline-fueled chases, the shells of sunflower seeds piled up outside the windows of their idling pickup trucks. Agents called their slow-motion specialty “laying in” — hiding in the desert and brush for hours, to wait and watch, and watch and wait.

Two years ago, when President Trump entered the White House with a pledge to close the door on illegal immigration, all that changed. The nearly 20,000 agents of the Border Patrol became the leading edge of one of the most aggressive immigration crackdowns ever imposed in the United States.

No longer were they a quasi-military organization tasked primarily with intercepting drug runners and chasing smugglers. Their new focus was to block and detain hundreds of thousands of migrant families fleeing violence and extreme poverty — herding people into tents and cages, seizing children and sending their parents to jail, trying to spot those too sick to survive in the densely packed processing facilities along the border.

Ten migrants have died since September in the custody of the Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection.

The article goes on to say that agents lament the Facebook page that portrayed them as uncaring and even racist toward the people in their care. 

It also tells of one agent who wanted to scratch out the “Honor First” on their vehicles in response to some of what he heard reported about his fellow agents. 

But it also reveals that many agents welcomed the election of Donald Trump and respected how he considered them the experts on how to secure the border, which made them feel empowered, but also provided a release their long-suppressed anger and frustration. 

That might in part explain some of the reports by detainees of verbal abuse, sexual abuse, and harassment by agents and guards. 

It might also help to explain anecdotes like this one:

Jenn Budd, a former agent of six years who is now an outspoken critic, said a supervisor at her Border Patrol station in California had explained the term “tonc” to her: “He said, ‘It’s the sound a flashlight makes when you hit a migrant in the head with it.’”

I personally am unable to feel a great deal of sympathy for these agents.

One of the reasons that I never considered a military career is that I simply cannot follow orders that I disagree with or which I feel do not make any sense. 

If I were told to treat people inhumanely I would refuse to do so and report the abuse to whichever authority seemed the most willing to act. 

There is no excuse for following the orders of a monster unless you yourself are also a monster.