Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Catch & Release, INS Style

OK, so the Coast Guard is intercepting Cuban refugees at sea and turning them around so they can't make it to the US. The Minuteman Project is assisting the Border Patrol in locating and intercepting Mexicans illegally crossing into the United States. Defense of our borders and compliance with our laws shown in vivid detail. So, when a cop in Annandale performs a routine traffic stop and finds 11 illegal aliens in the car, the logical thing is that they'll be arrested/deported back to where they came from, right?

Wrong.

::::::::Federal authorities released 11 illegal aliens who were detained during a traffic stop in Annandale because immigration officials said they did not pose a threat to the public.

"The 11 passengers were processed and released," said Ernestine Fobbs, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. "There were children involved, so it was better that we released them."

Authorities ordered the 11 Mexican nationals, three of whom are children, to return to immigration offices tomorrow for further processing. Ms. Fobbs said officials do not know where the illegals are in the meantime.
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Un. Be. Lievable. This incident occured less than 10 miles from where I'm sitting at this very moment. At this moment, there are 8 people claiming to be Mexican nationals (along with 3 supposedly innocent children) who snuck past our borders and travelled from Arizona to the Washington, DC area. And the INS (ICE?), whose job it is to manage and control the entry aliens into this country simply let them go back into the American population with no clue as to where they are today. Oh, yeah. I feel safe with these guys on the job.

Perhaps they should read the news about terrorist organizations using children to further their goals. Perhaps, in one of the multitude of government meetings, they could be bothered to learn that terrorists are claiming citizenship in other countries so they can come here posing as a national from another country. Or, perhaps, they could just do their jobs and deport people who come here illegally. How would there being children present change anything? They clearly thought packing their kids up for a bit of an illegal stroll into a foreign country without permission was a fine outing for the kids. How would sending their butts back where they came from be a problem?

This was a clear violation of our laws and an equally clear duty of the INS/ICE to handle. They decided not to. You think that cop in Annandale is going to give a crap the next time he pulls over a vanload of illegals? "Hey, they're just going to let them go, anyway. Why should I get stuck with all the paperwork?" The imbecile at ICE who thought this was the way to go should be fired and have any authorization to work in the government sector revoked for life. Get people in there who care about doing their job and enforcing the regulations.