Illegal Immigration: And the Hits Just Keep on Coming
Posted by Joshua Price on August 26, 2007
There is an article in the Washington Times (link to the story at the end of this post) today that contains some astonishing information.
It seems as though the U.S. Border Patrol chief of Laredo, Texas has either misinterpreted or ignored immigration law and border patrol policy. According to the article, U.S. Border Patrol chief of Laredo Carlos X. Carrillo, is quoted telling town-hall guests recently:
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Border Patrol’s job is not to stop illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol’s job is not to stop narcotics…The Border Patrol’s mission is not to stop criminals.
The Border Patrol’s mission is to stop terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the country.”
Now these words are bad enough without proper context, but once we put things in their proper place they become even more troubling. You see Laredo, Texas happens to be one of the “most dangerous border crossings” in the country.
The article goes on to quote Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Ca.), a long-time immigration reform advocate in Congress:
“If the Border Patrol has developed a new technology that can distinguish between terrorists and other illegal border crossers without first catching them and checking them out, that is good news. But if that is not the case, Mr. Carrillo’s statements are extremely irresponsible and demoralizing to officers in the field.”
Rep. Tancredo went on to call for Mr. Carrillo’s resignation.
This is really unbelievable. We have all known for years that our immigration system is broken, but we have discovered in the recent months that there are systemic problems across almost every aspect of the system.
The proponents of that failed piece of garbage known has “comprehensive immigration reform” were right about one thing: we need to act now, which of course will not happen because the power-grabbers in Washington are too busy positioning themselves for next year’s elections and they don’t want to take a hard line stance on such a controversial issue.