POSTED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:40pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:43pm
El Paso, TX — Border Patrol agents will no longer serve as interpreters when local law enforcement agencies request language help; that according to a new decree issued by the department of homeland security.
From now on language assistance requests will be referred to private companies.
Before, if another agency needed language assistance the border patrol would be called per protocol.
Immigration advocates have complained in the past Border Patrol agents ask people questions about immigration and in some cases arrest immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.
El Paso based Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Doug Mosier says operations in El Paso should not be affected because officers already must know Spanish and English.