Border Patrol trying to make Minuteman Project look ineffective?
From the "Someone should get fired if this is true" files:
From today's Washington Times:
Border Patrol told to stand down in Arizona
By Jerry Seper
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
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 Minuteman volunteers....
Read the rest of the article here:
Republicans have an advantage in public opinion when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration. But President Bush is risking that advantage with his consipicuous silence following his ill-chosen characterization of the Minutemen as "vigilantes".
Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado), while potentially type-casting himself as a one-issue politician, is effectively making a big stir about the issue. Unless Republicans come to some consensus it could be quite damaging in upcoming elections, and particularly if a terrorist were found to have crossed into the US from Mexico.
It's hard to say whether President Bush is afraid of offending Vicente Fox because they have such a "good working relationship", or whether some adviser is telling him this issue doesn't matter much, but I believe that if he doesn't become more forceful about illegal immigration the divisiveness within the Republican party could make passage of important economic reforms more difficult.
One thing President Bush can and should do is to get to the bottom of the accusations in this article. If true, they represent seriously bad behavior by someone at a management level of a Federal agency....someone willing to risk the safety of our citizens in order to make his organization look better.
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