Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Illegal entry by non-Mexicans rises

Kris Axtman:

DESPERATE VOYAGE: Migrants float down the polluted New River after illegally crossing into the US near Calexico, Calif

After decades of attempting to dam the flow of Mexican immigrants crossing into the United States illegally, federal agents say a new crisis is emerging along the southern border and they are helpless to stop it.

Non-Mexicans are spilling over the border in record numbers - some from countries with terrorist ties - and most are set free soon after being captured.

Already this year, the number of non-Mexican apprehensions has far outpaced last year's total in just eight months. And while they are still a relatively small percentage compared with the number of illegal Mexicans, critics say the federal government's policy in dealing with them is far more dangerous.

Because OTMs, or "Other Than Mexicans" as the Border Patrol classifies them, must be returned to their country of origin, they cannot be simply sent back across the southern border, as most Mexicans are. Under US law, they must be detained (in the US) pending a deportation hearing. The problem is, immigration detention centers are packed, so most OTMs are given a court summons and told to return in three months. A full 85 percent don't.

According to the Border Patrol, some 465,000 OTMs have taken advantage of this "catch and release" policy to settle here in the US. "It's an insane policy which encourages OTMs to come into the country illegally, and we shouldn't be shocked that they are coming in record numbers," says T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents more than 9,000 agents.

In fact, he says, after crossing the border, many OTMs flag down agents or walk up to them and surrender, knowing they will be released. "The word is out," says Mr. Bonner. "They know that as soon as they are caught, they will be free to roam at will."

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4 Comments:

At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly it's a difficult problem due to the numbers and the non-Mexican nationality.

"most are set free soon after being captured"

But this is absolutely disgraceful and will only hasten the demographic destruction of the US if nothing is done.

Regarding this whole issue, it's hard not be pessimistic, as the pressure for amnesty and/or 'reform' will only grow. I don't sense the US is ready for the sort of national/ethnic consciousness it will take, if it ever will be.

 
At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't sense the US is ready for the sort of national/ethnic consciousness it will take, if it ever will be

Unfortunately, the powers-that-be in the US only care about keeping wages low so that profits will remain high, the fact that illegal immigration will hurt America in the long-term is irrelevant to these people.

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger hoss_tagge said...

Western citizens need to wake up and smell the coffee and realize that their elected leaders are, by and large, selling them down the river in favor of cheap labor of immigrants (and third worlders abroad through "free trade" sellouts like NAFTA/CAFTA). While the open borders favored by the limosine liberals (dems and repubs) result in things like 9/11 and 7/7, these same invertebrate leaders beat their chests and expound utter nonsense like "islam is a religion of peace" (dubya), "diversity is our strength" (ken livingston), and "we will not budge one inch" (blair). these leaders are idiots and, politely speaking, wusses. citizens in western nations need to rise up and vigorously protest such traitorious nonsense and demand closed borders and the deportation of all illegals. if not, the overrunning of their nations and cultures will continue unabated.

 
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