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May 10, 2006

Just Another Day Of More Spin By The Border Protection Agency At DHS

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

Michelle Malken writes that the Customs and Border Protection agency at DHS has issued a statement which calls the following Inland Valley Bulletin's story on the Border Patrol/Minutemen/Mexican government "inaccurate":

While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen -- and telling the Mexican government where they are.

According to three documents on the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Web site, the U.S. Border Patrol is to notify the Mexican government as to the location of Minutemen and other civilian border patrol groups when they participate in apprehending illegal immigrants -- and if and when violence is used against border crossers.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed the notification process, describing it as a standard procedure meant to reassure the Mexican government that migrants' rights are being observed.

"It's not a secret where the Minuteman volunteers are going to be," Mario Martinez said Monday.

"This ... simply makes two basic statements -- that we will not allow any lawlessness of any type, and that if an alien is encountered by a Minuteman or arrested by the Minuteman, then we will allow that government to interview the person."

Minuteman members were not so sanguine about the arrangement, however, saying that reporting their location to Mexican officials nullifies their effectiveness along the border and could endanger their lives.

However, according to Border Patrolspeak/spin:

Today's report by the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, "U.S. tipping Mexico to Minuteman patrols," is inaccurate. Border Patrol does not report activity by civilian, non-law enforcement groups to the Government of Mexico. During a detention of a legal or illegal immigrant that produces an allegation of improper treatment, Border Patrol reports the allegation and allows the appropriate consulate to interview the individual in custody.

This is consistent with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 that provides consular access to foreign nationals being detained by a foreign government. This is the same agreement that protects United States citizens when they travel to foreign countries.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border Patrol continues to appreciate the efforts of civilians who contact law enforcement authorities regarding suspicious activity.

Now for the truth

(hint - The "Vienna Convention" reference is a red herring - they're lying - the Border Patrol continues to act against the efforts of the minutemen and against the interests of America - just call them virtual puppets of the Mexican government)!!!

Lone Whacko has much more on the story!

Posted by Richard at May 10, 2006 8:12 AM

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