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From this Washington Times article on recent internal US enforcement of illegal immigration:
The Department of Homeland Security wants to restrict the U.S. Border Patrol's arrest of illegal aliens in the nation's interior, concerned that the recent apprehension of 450 illegals by agents in inland areas of Southern California failed to consider the "sensitivities" of those detained.
A sensitive war on border control.
According to department sources, a formal written policy under review would limit Border Patrol arrests to areas along the nation's 7,000 miles of international border and give U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the responsibility for enforcing immigration laws in the nation's interior.

But ICE officials have acknowledged that it has neither the manpower nor the resources to carry out an extensive interior-enforcement program. Between 8 million and 12 million illegal aliens are thought to be in the United States.

Who cares if you have the resources needed to fully implement it, put the law in place so that it can be enforced as needed and stop coming up with lame excuses.
ICE has only 2,300 agents committed to interior-enforcement efforts, and they concentrate on finding the 80,000 criminal aliens on the nation's streets and 320,000 foreign nationals known as "absconders," who fled after being ordered deported.
Here's the kicker:
Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson criticized the arrests, saying they had not been approved by officials in Washington and violated U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policy, the agency that oversees the Border Patrol.
So, I assume anytime they want to arrest an illegal alien, who is not directly on the border, they must call Washington first.

Asa Hutchinson needs his head examined. This man would allow foreigners and potential terrorists, into our country illegally no matter what their intentions, in order to not piss off one group of people.

I'm sorry, but 8-12 million illegal aliens do not trump the security and rights of the other 280 million people who are here lawfully.

In a letter, Mr. Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, assured Rep. Joe Baca, California Democrat — and other members of the state's delegation who complained about the arrests — that in the future, Homeland Security would enforce immigration laws "in a reasonable manner" and would consider the "sensitivities" surrounding the enforcement of those laws in its interior-enforcement program.

The California delegation had described those detained as victims of racial profiling and said the arrests caused panic in the Hispanic community.

Why would the Hispanic community be in a panic? If you are in the country legally, have your papers and haven't broken any laws why would you be worried about someone inquiring if you are a lawbreaker? The only individuals who go into a panic when a law enforcement person approaches them are the criminals and wrong doers. A law- abiding individual does not freak out when they see a police officer in their neighborhood.

The article finishes off with a very positive remark by the president of the Border Patrol:

T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents the agency's 10,000 nonsupervisory personnel, attended the meeting and called for the arrest of illegal aliens by the patrol in the nation's interior to continue.

"These mobile patrol arrests were actually having an impact in Mexico," said Mr. Bonner, a 26-year Border Patrol veteran. "Word was getting around that you weren't necessarily OK once you got past the border."

Law-enforcement authorities said the California arrests came as a result of intelligence operations that identified locations where suspected illegal aliens were thought to gather. Much of the information, the authorities said, came from local police and residents.

The team targeted illegal aliens at public sites, including bus stops, in a 3,000-square-mile area of Southern California. Some of the arrests were made 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Positive! When law breakers find out there are repercussions and that they do not have a haven then it reduces crimes. Sure it's not going to stop it all, but it is a good deterrent against it.

Some people need to get their heads on straight and deal with this issue instead of just looking for votes or worrying about losing them for doing their job.

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