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Letter: Illegal aliens being released in Texas
Recently there have been a number of media reports out of South Texas and elsewhere in reference to illegal aliens, apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley by Border Patrol, being released. These releases are reportedly based on the overcrowding in ICE detention facilities ( http://bit.ly/1ggtYVh).
This practice of “catch and release” is very troubling for several reasons. It reflects what is sometimes referred to as selective enforcement. If the rule of law is to be effective and respected there can be no exceptions. By granting exceptions the word quickly spreads back to the various countries from which these people originate and others are then encouraged to take advantage of the system. It is important to note that since the beginning of fiscal year 2014, more than 70 percent of the individuals apprehended by the Falfurrias Border Patrol were from countries other than Mexico.
In addition, based on information we have received from credible sources, the proper medical screening for illnesses and diseases is not being done prior to release. As a result the general public could be exposed to any number of serious communicable disease such as tuberculosis.
Another concern is what, if any, criminal background these individuals possess. Criminal checks, done through NCIC and other law-enforcement agency databases, only reveal criminal activity that occurred in the United States. They would not identify any criminal background from the individual’s home country.
When taken in total, the current state of affairs relative to the continuing surge of illegal aliens and the federal government’s inability and or unwillingness to effectively deal with it, is having a significant impact on the morale of Border Patrol agents who are tasked with enforcing our immigration laws. What does it say to them when they are asked to put their lives on the line only to watch those who have violated our immigration laws receive a set of papers and begin a new life in America ( http://bit.ly/O8Hof6 and http://bit.ly/1i84OKW)?
It is time for solutions from those we have elected to protect and defend this country. And, amnesty is not a solution.We are calling upon the federal government to begin to take seriously the out-of-control border situation by giving Border Patrol and ICE the resources they need. They should also be allowed to do the job they are hired to do without interference from unelected bureaucrats and others who have a political agenda and little regard for national security or sovereignty. We also call upon the Texas State Legislature to provide the necessary funding for DPS to expand their current role in narcotics and human smuggling interdiction, especially in the area of air assets and personnel. Despite the claims that this is a federal problem, the state can be very effective in border security areas through legislation and funding ( http://bit.ly/O8H7bS).
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