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with an overwhelming number of migrants packed into detention centers on the US Mexico border and some lawmakers detailing unsanitary conditions they were drinking water out of the toilet much of the criticism of the treatment of detained families is targeting the officials on the front line customs and border protection officers and writers has learned these agents are being asked to perform duties way beyond their training Reuters correspondents Michael Rosenberg explains in addition to the already very taxing situation at the border there is a series of trump administration policies that have been put in place that are stretching agents even farther beyond their normal line for cement duties %HESITATION they have been asked to determine which migrants who are seeking asylum in the US should be turned around to wait out there silent hearings in Mexico under a new policy that was put in place in January that sort of falling on the frontline officers and there's also a pilot program that has been put in place to train some officers to do a screening of an initial screening of asylum seekers that's something that has never been done before by border agents had was always done by civilian officers and immigration advocates say border protection agents shouldn't be making that potentially life altering decision in the first place according to the Mexican government more than sixteen thousand migrants had been sent back to Mexico as of the end of June opted to wait in high crime border cities some border patrol officers are also complaining their duties increasingly fall outside their normal responsibilities like tending to six children and adults in their custody