“Brown Shirts” threaten medical workers treating illegal immigrants

Via Todd Starnes:

Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest

A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.

In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.

“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.

The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.

The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”

“It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired.

“Everyone was paranoid,” she said. “The children had more rights than the workers.”

She said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues.

“It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,” she said. “I would be talking to children and lice would just be climbing down their hair.”

A former nurse at the camp told me she was horrified by what she saw.

“We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country,” she said. “We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.”

Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses.


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  1. eben says:

    I am speechless. And to think, they apparently refer to themselves openly as “Brown Shirts”.
    This does not bode well for the future.

  2. robtbrown says:

    Arrested? Under what law? Is there anything more dangerous than people who have right wing temperament but left wing ideology?

  3. robtbrown says:

    I used to play tennis with a young guy who was a highway patrolman. He told me that they were is given a pay increase lower than prescribed by a COLA. Then they were told they could not tell anyone.

  4. DisturbedMary says:

    Is this not an immigrant flash mob? Humanitarian human trafficking? I wonder what Catholic Charities is up to at the camp they’ve set up as reported in this NCR story. The comments are worth noting. http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/catholic-charities-ministers-to-unprecedented-flood-of-young-latino-immigra/

  5. DisturbedMary says:

    I also wonder about what those in charge (whoever or whatever they are) are doing about the girls who are pregnant. Why do I think Planned Parenthood is part of the dream?

  6. robtbrown says:

    Regarding political gold for Hillary: I am not convinced that she is going to run for President. No doubt Bill wants her to run. If Hillary were President, Bill could head up the intern program and be the official host of the Lincoln Bedroom.

  7. LarryW2LJ says:

    With all the scandals and crisis going on this country – lack of jobs, economy still in the tank, NO border security, jihadism, abuse of powers (both Executive and Judicial) etc, etc, etc. And it seems that the Federal government is intent on exacerbating, rather than alleviating the situations. I am concerned that the American people (you know, the REAL American people – people who go to their jobs every day, work hard, pay taxes and just try to lead quiet lives) are going to say “Enough” and that, as a result violence is going to be used as a form of intimidation and retaliation. It seems to me that the Sleeping Giant is just being poked a time or two, too many.

  8. marcelus says:


  9. Dienekes says:

    I believe that it was St. Augustine that said that absent a concern for the common good, there was little to distinguish rulers from bands of robbers. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirate King noticed it as well.

    It would behoove us to send some of our “leaders” packing, nicely if possible, but whatever it takes.

    Meanwhile, from our brave bishops…crickets.

  10. phlogiston says:

    Lackland AFB is where Air Force Basic Training is conducted, sending newly minted Airmen throughout the Air Force for their specialized training each and every week. If you were, theoretically of course, trying to infect an entire branch of the armed services with a disease (or several), you’d start with Lackland.

  11. happyCatholic says:

    I, like “eben” posted, am stunned that they are openly referring to themselves as “brown shirts.” May God have mercy on us all and enlighten us as how to proceed in these astonishing, dangerous and darkened times. Consecration to the Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary as advised by St. Louis de Montfort seems a very good response.

  12. Dienekes says:

    BTW, has anyone noticed that these kids (MS-13s do not qualify) are being used as cannon fodder by all concerned?

    Satan must be busting a gut about now.

  13. happyCatholic says:

    I have had similar theoretical thoughts, but as there are planes and buses transporting these illegal immigrants all around the country, I am not sure it is just the armed services population who is being put at risk.

  14. happyCatholic says:

    You are right — what an abuse of their childhood and human dignity. Man is never a means to an end, particularly a political one; man is willed for himself by our dear Lord.

  15. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Both the story and the reactions I’ve seen worry me.

    1) I can conceive several good reasons why doctors/nurses would be under instructions not to divulge medical information about their patients — but I don’t trust the people giving the orders.
    2) I think it is wrong to blame the children for being sick or being in the camp — but the Vice President has said things which suggest that these particular people are being brought here on purpose, and the purpose isn’t to meet their medical needs.
    3) To borrow an idea from Gov. Jindal, which I heard on a radio broadcast, we have our immigration policy backward: it’s easy to get here illegally, and really hard to come legally.
    4) There are many people I hear who distrust the immigrants because they’re Spanish speakers. Let us win them for the faith, or renew their faith.
    5) That the Obama Administration (and the Brown Shirts) would use these people isn’t surprising, but could we remember that the people aren’t our enemies: the Obama Administration is acting both against nature and against God.
    6) Why is the Baptist group running the camp, having been hired by the Administration? Is this sort of like the story coming from the South about vote buying?

  16. Theodore says:

    This entire situation calls to mind the 1973 novel, Camp of the Saints. Here is the Wikipedia entry.


    I suggest getting the book and reading it. It’s similar to peering into the abyss.

  17. Cantor says:

    Chris G-Z – check out DisturbedMary’s link above to see that it’s also Catholic groups actively involved.

    I’m “utterly astounded” that neither the Congress nor the White House has publicly thanked the many religious volunteers who are working alongside government officials in this crisis.

    What’s truly sad is that according to CARA, the US has 100,000 fewer nuns today than it did when I was in school. Just imagine what a beautiful, unifying image it would make if Busloads of Nuns showed up, not to prattle, but to help.

  18. Gratias says:

    Tuberculosis, chicken pox, scabies. We have the Aedes aegypti mosquito, all we need is contaminated human reservoirs for dengue, yellow fever and encephalitis. We have the Triatoma bug able to transmit Chagas’ disease if blood contaminated with Trypanosoma cruzi is made available.

  19. Wandasmama says:

    The NCR reports “The children are part of a massive, unprecedented and unanticipated flood of young immigrants escaping treacherous conditions in Latin America”. This is untrue. Our government PLANNED for this as far back as January when they issued a solicitation for “Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children”. Details within the solicitation request ground and air transport of approximately 65,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children. Here is the official government link: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c6d7c0050b912fbc917a46d6709d38bd&tab=core&_cview=0

    This humanitarian disaster has been well planned and staged. To what ends, only Satan knows…
    Please pray for these poor unfortunate children, their families, and our dedicated service people who will have to deal with the human trafficking, disease and misery. Saint Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!

    Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/catholic-charities-ministers-to-unprecedented-flood-of-young-latino-immigra/#ixzz36KZepOIT

  20. Joseph-Mary says:

    Yes, if only the ‘nuns on the bus’ would TRULY work for “peace and justice” , they could be serving at the border and not getting their names and petty dissenting issues in the news. Sigh.

    But all this allowing of hordes of children….also undesirables like gang members, and persons with diseases…is another way to destabilize the country. And does the administration care about AZ or TX???

  21. Uxixu says:

    Heartbreaking situation. Reading about the girls aged 10-14 being raped and otherwise abused without complete families. Pray to the Virgin to protect them and console those already harmed. All because this administration is foolishing using them to artificially influence & adjust the electorate more towards their statism.

    I am ok with an honest dialogue on unrestricted immigration (as insulting as it is to everyone who has completed the Naturalization system the legal way and spent thousands of dollars and very much of their own time in classes, tests, standing in innumerable lines and loads of paperwork) but such a system is completely anathema towards an entitlement system. Leftists, you have a choice: unrestricted immigration or the end of the welfare state, take your pick.

  22. Sword40 says:

    Blood will be shed before all this is over. I pray for all my children and grand children. Their future does not look bright.

  23. A.D. says:

    I’d really want more information on the “Brown Shirts” thing and the “restrictions” the workers are under. Some of the other comments of concern are questionable.

    All refugees are routinely checked for communicable diseases on coming to this country. Those who are ill and contagious are isolated (until the infectious period is passed) and those exposed and not ill are quarantined (until the incubation period is passed). Other illnesses are treated as necessary. Of the illness listed, Measles (Rubeola) would have the most intense and immediate follow-up, as mentioned above, to prevent further transmission. Lice, scabies, and streptococcus infection (Scarlet Fever/Strep throat) are very common in this country and can be treated easily and quickly. Prevention of other vaccine-preventable diseases would be addressed with immunizations ASAP. If these needs are being addressed properly in the refugee camps, there is no reason to panic or to alarm the public.

    In addition, no ethical professional physician, nurse, or public health professional is going to deliberately cooperate in exposing other population groups to communicable diseases. Neither are they going to discuss any more than general information with the public media. In this case, no news is usually good news. They are legally bound to report communicable diseases, of concern to public health, on a weekly basis to the local public health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Epidemiology (CDC). Diseases of extreme concern to public health are reportable immediately by telephone for quick follow-up. These reporting requirements override even HIPPA regulations since preventing transmission of communicable diseases is so critical to the nation’s health.

    This is one of the GOOD things the government does to protect its citizens (and other inhabitants). This is not the time to push conspiracy theories or, as others do, panic about the horror of “FEMA camps”. If we ever have a pandemic, folks will be extremely grateful that the government has competent public health professionals and structures in place.

  24. Bosco says:

    I don’t suppose Obama’s authorization of the purchase of those tens of millions of rounds of ammunition for NOAH, DHD, the Post Office, local police, etc. was in anticipation of a citizens’ revolt over his pre-planned collapse of the US Border. Then again…

  25. Dienekes says:


    Your faith in the Administration and its minions to take appropriate health measures is touching. I remember the Mariel invasion of Cuban criminals, the Haitian influx, etc. I was there for those, and nobody wanted to deal with Haitians because of rumors about strange diseases. Nobody had heard of AIDs at that time.

    Don’t forget the millions of illegals already here–and those to come. Oddly enough, nobody does a health inspection for them.

    Oh, and yes–what responsibilities do the sending countries have for any of this? More crickets…

  26. Jim Dorchak says:

    I am not surprised at all. There will be no war in the USA. The war is already over.
    In the mean time life in CHILE is freer and definitely safer.
    Homosexuality and abortion are still illegal here in CHILE:)
    What will you all do when they prevent you from leaving the former USA? You when they strengthen the borders?

  27. jflare says:

    phlogiston, HappyCatholic,
    I think it pretty unlikely that these folks are being housed at Lackland as a means of inflicting a back-door contagion on young troops. Such an intent would require a degree of malicious calculation that I think unlikely for this circumstance. Not impossible, but unlikely. Having been through Lackland years ago, I suspect they’re using the base because it’s one of a comparative few places where large numbers of people can be “housed” so as to be out of the weather. Those training barracks are relatively large. I have to think they likely have been using buildings that have not been in use for training for a few weeks.
    I think the overall situation does pose a serious problem though.
    I had thought a few weeks ago that we’d have a humanitarian crisis on our hands as winter came on; it sounds to me as though many may not make it that long. They may die from hunger, disease, or heat well before then.
    We may have begun creating “death camps” already.

  28. celpar says:

    What a remarkable lack of charity and compassion in most of the comments. These are sick children and they’re being referred to as if they’re some sort of deliberately inflicted plague. Check out pope Francis on the migrants landing in Italy for a proper Catholic reaction to less fortunate fellow humans.

  29. happyCatholic says:

    celpar and AD,
    It is not a lack of compassion for sick children that alarms me. It is the answer to the question “HOW IN THE WORLD DOES A MINOR IN A FAR AWAY LAND JUST DECIDE TO PICK UP AND COME TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY, riding of all things on the tops of trains THROUGH another foreign country (for some of them) ie Mexico! Why is Mexico allowing these central American children free passage through their country? And, think about when you were say, 10 years old. How would you even have conceived of leaving your family and coming by yourself ILLEGALLY to a new country, especially when sick? Who travels when sick? It is pure misery. These children are being preyed upon — how is that compassionate?

    And, who is paying for all their health care? I have a daughter and son-in-law both working two jobs so they can pay the fees for the birth of their daughter in August. They needed $1500 upfront by the sixth month of her pregnancy, just for the midwife’s bill. That doesn’t touch the deposit they needed for the hospital. AND THEY HAVE INSURANCE THROUGH MY SON-IN-LAW’S employer for which my son-in-law pays $600 a month, and they STILL have to come up with this much money upfront, which doesn’t even include what the final expenses will be. Excuse me, but where is the compassion for them and their hard work? hey are citizens of this country! These poor unfortunate illegal immigrants are getting all their health care covered by the American taxpayer. So, my child who is working two jobs along with her husband are also paying for free and complete health care for these illegals bringing diseases to this country that had been eradicated or unknown! I know my Christian duty, but there are scary questions here, as this was obviously planned by this Administration, and it is lawless.

  30. SKAY says:

    Yes A.D., that is how it is supposed to work but that is not the situation that we have on our southern border right now.

    The situation in the Veterans Hospitals is suppose to run a lot differently for the vets than it is right now also.

  31. JesusFreak84 says:

    Those kids are just future Democrat voters, as far as this administration is concerned >.> Look at how blindingly-loyal to the Party many Catholics still are after generations, because of how their ancestors were received.

  32. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Does anyone hereabouts read enough Spanish to know why there is a sudden influx of children coming here? What I mean is this: don’t ask the American media if you want an intellectually honest answer, but what have the children (or their parents) been reading that makes them think now is the time to come? Are they being invited, coerced or merely told that the guards will look the other way? Vice President Biden has known they were coming — and I think Fr. Zuhlsdorf has the story somewhere here on the blog. Does he know they’re coming because he’s using satellite intel, or does he read Spanish newspapers?

  33. Clinton says:

    Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) recently attempted to enter Ft. Sill, another military
    base where illegal alien children are being housed. He was denied entry, even after he
    identified himself as a Congressman, and was told to come back July 21st at the earliest
    if he wished to enter the facility.

    Since Ft. Sill is a federal facility in the Congressman’s home state, and he’d stated he wished
    to see the facility to see for himself the conditions in which these children are being housed,
    I cannot imagine why the “most transparent administration ever” (/sarc.) would deny entry
    for 3 weeks…

  34. eulogos says:

    I don’t understand why the children are coming here; either why their parents want to send them, or why the current administration would benefit from their coming.

    I do know that they sound in bad shape medically, and that if when we hear of this, all we think of is the danger to us, there is something wrong with us. Whatever the reason they are here, even if they are being used as pawns for bad reasons, even if some of them are not really children but evil gang members, as I heard alleged, let us at least provide them with medical care and decent conditions until they can be reunited with their parents, if they have them. If they don’t, we are really stuck, as I can’t imagine we will drop them just over the border with nowhere to go.

    If someone can explain the story so I can understand it, I would appreciate it. But whatever it is, no matter how nefarious it is, let us at least give them medical care for illness, vaccinate them, get rid of the lice, and feed them decently.
    Susan Peterson

  35. eulogos says:

    I read the Register Link and am glad Catholics are acting this way.

    From that article the story seems to be that the motivation is coming mostly from parents who wanted to get their children out of a bad situation.

    The escort ad by itself doesn’t prove anything, because there could be a lot of reasons why the govt would need escorts for children, so long as they weren’t asking for thousands of them.

    I know their care will be a burden on our country, and that some folks are already pressured financially. But how can we say we won’t help?


  36. jflare says:

    Much as I appreciate your concern, your view strikes me as an act of burying one’s head in the sand. I read this:

    “…The Contractor shall provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for non-criminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year. Transport will be required for either category of UAC or individual juveniles, to include both male and female juveniles. There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50% via commercial air. Escort services include, but are not limited to, assisting with: transferring physical custody of UAC from DHS to Health and Human Services (HHS) care via ground or air methods of transportation (charter or commercial carrier),…”

    I copied the above paragraph from here:

    Our government had this ad on the internet back in January, expecting 65,000 juveniles. I don’t know how anyone can claim that this wasn’t intentional.

    As to the humanitarian crisis that we might want to prevent or the idea that we want to help people, I notice that we currently have a $19 trillion federal debt already.
    If we do not send them home, precisely what do we intend?

    I understand we already have several hundred thousand kids here. Put differently, we have enough minor children here to populate a smallish city in the US. …. All on their own, no parents.
    How exactly do we expect to handle that many people?

  37. Cantor says:

    happyCatholic asked HOW IN THE WORLD DOES A MINOR IN A FAR AWAY LAND JUST DECIDE TO PICK UP AND COME TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY[?] Not a problem. When what you’re leaving offers you nothing, where you’re going can only be better.

    My grandfather arrived in America, alone, at the age of 13. A “poor, dumb Mick” his first job was shoveling up the… um… exhaust from Boston’s remaining horse-drawn trolleys. But he persevered, raised a family of 9 kids (five surviving infancy), earned his citizenship through service in WWI. His descendents have served in every combat theatre in the 20th and 21st century.

    I was yelled at only once by my also-Irish grandmother, when as a child I told her I couldn’t understand her because of her Irish accent. With fire in her eyes she said, “I’m not Irish. I’m an American.”

    Perhaps some of these newcomers will someday say the same thing.

  38. jflare says:

    I see exceedingly little evidence that most of the newcomers have any intent at all at becoming Americans. Even suggesting such a thing is prone to causing one to be accused of racism these days.

  39. happyCatholic says:

    My grandma came over from Poland when she was 14; I understand young immigrants. But she came legally through Ellis Island; if she had been ill, she would not have been shipped at taxpayer expense to some city in the middle of the country. In face, she wasn’t transported anywhere at taxpayer expense. She had relatives here in New York. But the crucial part: she came here LEGALLY.

    Since when did we as Catholics start believing unnecessary illegal acts are not morally wrong ? These people are here illegally. Use proper legislative channels to increase the number of immigrants allowed if that is deemed beneficial to the country. But, are we to bring every child in the world here who is in need? Much as I would love to, there is not simply the money for that. Furthermore, these people leave their own countries impoverished when they leave, as Dexter Duggan points out in this week’s issue of the Wanderer paper. The greatest resource of a nation is its people, and Duggan points out that their exodus means problems in their own countries are not addressed.

  40. Johnno says:

    An influx of illegal immigrants beyond the ability of the government to keep track of or control is a problem. It won’t help the American people, it won’t help legal immigrants, it won’t even help the illegal immigrants. Everyone will be worse off. Sure we need to be all about mercy and wanting to help, but use your heads! When the doctors and medical staff are sick or dead due to serious health issues then who is going to help anyone???

    All of this is either insanity, or an extraordinarily clever and deliberate plan by those in power to seize more power by using a manufactured crisis.

    These people kill little children in the womb. Do you really think they give a damn about children outside of it, except to tug on your heartstrings and make you go along with the plot? Obama would sooner fire upon them with a drone than actually care for them. Don’t fall for the subterfuge! They are globalists out to create a new world from the ashes and chaos of the old order. There are 4 horsemen and they each stand for something!

  41. Cantor says:

    happyCatholic said: But, are we to bring every child in the world here who is in need? Much as I would love to, there is not simply the money for that.

    Isn’t this much the same arguments as one used by pro-abortionists? Perhaps God is helping escort some of these people here because He knows that we DO have the resources.

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