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Border Patrol Told to 'Stand Down' in Naco, Arizona

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Deeper_Background, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    our tax dollars at work...

    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 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 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 olunteers 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," adding that patrols along the border have been severely limited.

    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.

    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.

    More than 850 volunteers, in a protest of the lax immigration enforcement policies of the White House and Congress, sought to reduce the flow of illegal aliens along a popular immigration corridor on the Arizona-Mexico border near Naco by reporting illegals to the Border Patrol as they crossed into the United States.

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