May 13, 2005
Job Security Over Border Security - Border Patrol ordered not to arrest illegal aliens in Arizona (Updated)Topics: Immigration and Border Issues
So says the U.S. Border Patrol and it's whacko administration.
The Washington Times has learned that agents along the Arizona border
were ordered to make the minimum number of arrests possible in order to
diminish the positive effects the Minutemen have had. Apparently the U.S. Border Patrol not only didn't want to be shown up by the Minutemen, aren't competent enough to the job they get paid to do, and care more about their job security than the border security of our country, they've essentially committed a criminal act themselves. If someone doesn't swing for this, regardless of how high up it goes, the blogosphere isn't doing it's job! (Updates below and it looks like the blogoshere is warming up over this issue).
- The Washington Times
U.S. Border Patrol agents have been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens along the section of the Arizona border where protesters patrolled last month because an increase in apprehensions there would prove the effectiveness of Minuteman volunteers, The Washington Times has learned. More than a dozen agents, all of whom asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, said orders relayed by Border Patrol supervisors at the Naco, Ariz., station made it clear that arrests were "not to go up" along the 23-mile section of border that the volunteers monitored to protest illegal immigration. [...] Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar at the agency's Washington headquarters called the accusations "outright wrong," saying that supervisors at the Naco station had not blocked agents from making arrests and that the station's 350 agents were being "supported in carrying out" their duties.
But Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, yesterday said "credible sources" within the Border Patrol also had told him of the decision by Naco supervisors to keep new arrests to a minimum, saying he was angry but not surprised.
(...) "It's like telling a cop to stand by and watch burglars loot a store but don't arrest any of them," he said. "This is another example of decisions being made at the highest levels of the Border Patrol that are hurting morale and helping to rot the agency from within. "I worry about our efforts in Congress to increase the number of agents," he said. "Based on these kinds of orders, we could spend the equivalent of the national debt and never have secure borders."
(...) Mr. Tancredo, chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, blamed the Bush administration for setting an immigration enforcement tone that suggests to those enforcing the law that he is not serious about secure borders.
(...) Several field agents credited the volunteers with cutting the flow of illegal aliens in the targeted Naco area, saying the number of apprehended illegals dropped from an average of 500 a day to less than 15 a day.
Area residents, in a half-page ad in the Sunday edition of the Sierra Vista Herald, told the volunteers: "Thanks for doing what our government won't -- close the border to illegal aliens. It was the quietest month we've had in many years ... You made us feel safe because the border was closed."
A commentor at Jawa Report claims to be a Mexican citizen living in Mexico(un verified), and believes that this is a grave mistake on the part of the American authorities. "There was a boicot(sp) in Arizona yesterday by the Hispanics (mostly illegals) and the non-Hispanics, didn't do a damn thing to counter it. (Like going out and buy more at the boicoted stores, for instance). Americans are not doing their part, which I know is difficult, but the infiltration of who-knows-who in the US society is amazing. My 2 c." I don't think that the commentor will find many Americans that are in disagreement with his/her perspective.
Other coverage and comments: Chad at inTheBullPen is fuming over the order, and accuses President Bush of being "pro-illegal immigration." I'd have to say that I'm in agreement with Chad on that. Meanwhile, Myopic Zeal seems just as astonished as the rest of us. Speed of Thought is angry. Lee wonders if the military should take over. Alec Rawls thinks the supervisors should be fired. And Rich Glasgow has a bit of a conspiracy theory.
Update(via Speed of Thought):
A story that Drudge was 'developing':
U.S. Border Patrol agents have been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens along the section of the Arizona border where protesters patrolled last month because an increase in apprehensions there would prove the effectiveness of Minuteman volunteers, The Washington Times has learned.
More than a dozen agents, all of whom asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, said orders relayed by Border Patrol supervisors at the Naco, Ariz., station made it clear that arrests were "not to go up" along the 23-mile section of border that the volunteers monitored to protest illegal immigration.
"It was clear to everyone here what was being said and why," said one veteran agent. "The apprehensions were not to increase after the Minuteman volunteers left. It was as simple as that."
Another agent said the Naco supervisors "were clear in their intention" to keep new arrests to an "absolute minimum" to offset the effect of the Minuteman vigil, adding that patrols along the border have been severely limited...
California Yankee(via Speed Of Thought) has more on the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill. Yeah that will work. Reward illegals for breaking the law to stop other illegals from breaking the law. SOT says, "*Sigh*." Other coverage also includes JackLewis.net
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