Exhibit #1: The Santa Cruz Sentinel article "U.S. Border Patrol denies stepped-up enforcement":
When U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in Southern California, they touched off a wave of fear and anger that rippled throughout the state and across the nation.
But the agency, bound by a federal immigration policy frequently at odds with public sentiment, denies the actions it took last month in the Temecula area have been duplicated elsewhere.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the article's author, Donna Jones, is trying to state that the Feds are forced to pursue enforcement despite "public sentiment" being against it. That is, of course, completely wrong. The great majority of Americans want more immigration enforcement.
Unfortunately, quotes from Mario Villarreal, "spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection," make it quite clear that Americans are going to get less enforcement, not more.
Villarreal said the Border Patrol had a "substantial" presence in the Central Coast area in the past, but no longer. The Salinas office, whose agents conducted random stops of suspected illegal residents as late as 2000, has closed.
The nearest Border Patrol office to Santa Cruz County is Livermore, he said. The regional office, which is responsible for the territory between the northern edges of San Bernadino and Los Angeles counties and the Oregon border, has only a "handful of agents," and they are being reassigned in the near future, Villarreal said.
Well, that's a relief. He goes on to say that the border is protected, but the interior is not. Or, words to that effect.
Before reading the following, make sure you aren't drinking water or anything:
"We don't make policy; we enforce the law," he said. "We are out there 24 hours a day, seven days a week protecting America from anyone who enters illegally and from anyone who wants to do us harm."
Immigration2003 · Mon, 07/19/2004 - 17:29 · Importance: 1