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BP Agents Told to Stop Making Illegal Immigrant Arrests

BP Agents Told to Stop Making Illegal Immigrant Arrests

A United States border patrol agent catches an illegal immigrant crossing from Mexico to the U.S. in San Ysidro, California, April 13, 2011. [AP]

Associated Press

April 27, 2011

Both sheriffs are elected officials. Dever is a Republican, Estrada, a Democrat.

Others have questioned the methodology and conclusions of the Homeland Security numbers showing the border is more secure.

Mark Hanna, CEO of Real Life Enterprises, a Phoenix-based technology integration and security company, has testified before the Arizona Senate about what he called Homeland Security’s flawed methodology used to compile border security statistics. Hanna maintains the numbers are dangerously misleading.

Hanna, who is currently working on a private/public partnership pilot program along the Arizona border, said he attended a February conference at which Michael Fisher, chief of the United States Border Patrol, and Mark S. Borkowski, assistant commissioner for technology and innovation acquisition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, showed off charts indicating arrests were decreasing and argued the border was more secure. The charts also showed an increase in marijuana seizures along the border and an increase in Border Patrol agents.

But those charts left out crucial data, Hanna said.

“Since we don’t know how many illegal crossings are occurring, then a decrease in apprehensions might mean that there are fewer illegal crossings, and the border is more secure. But it could also just as easily mean that more illegal border crossings are occurring, and we’re just not catching as many. In order to know how secure the border is, you need to know how many are crossing and the threat level of those who are crossing illegally," he said.

“It is a very dangerous condition for the secretary of Homeland Security to be using incomplete data to form such a conclusion, and then repeatedly announce these conclusions as fact,” he said.

The Department of Homeland Security did not return repeated requests for comment on Hanna’s specific challenges to the agency’s methodology.

Whatever the methodology, Dever said the numbers don’t accurately describe what’s happening on the ground.

“We do not know who’s crossing that border, but that anyone who wants to can. That’s the message our nation needs to hear, that anyone who wants to can, and is. And our own Department of Homeland Security does not have clear definition of what securing the border even means," Dever said.

“People are disgusted, the smiles are gone off their face, their general sense of welfare been taken away from them and until that’s returned you can throw all the numbers on the board. … I’ll tell Napolitano, in spite of all of your declarations and efforts to the contrary, things are not safe. No, they are not secure.

“You can use your numbers to say it’s more secure, but it does not define a sense of safety or well-being. You can say it’s more secure, but it’s more dangerous than ever.”


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    jd_82

    about 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    This entire country sickens me. We're so soft as a culture now, I'm almost glad my grandfather is passed away because he would be ashamed of what he sees. To hell with this "illegals are just hard workers trying to make it" garbage. The ratio is about 1/5 honest/ thief. They will steal, lie, cheat, do whatever it takes to get by. Isn't it obvious that their first act in this country is an illegal one by sneaking across the border? I don't doubt this report one bit. I wish I had my own island so I could just tune the world out.

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    Daysend

    about 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    I agree with Valerie420, there needs to be punishment for these politicos who spread and enforce this kind of public disinformation. Theyre enticing and forcing our guys into backing up their statements by not making the arrests. The truth is due to the recent violence in mexico. Crossings should be at all time highs. But what yall should really worry about are the Legal passports being taken from the dead hands of entire murdered bus loads of people.

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    Valerie420

    about 3 years ago

    96 Comments

    Everytime these things are proven true the politician(s) behind it all should be tried for treason.

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    BForJuvCor

    about 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Just a side note, i remember reading that certain groups (Aryan) were patrolling the arizona borders at their own expense, armed to the teeth. Anyone know if this is true? If so how does that play on the safety of the Deputies and ICE officers there?

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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    My old employer(old Stadium) allowed illegals to return to work by the next event, as long as they had "new" Paperwork. Some illegals didn't even respond to their "new Names" and were making a little over $15 an hour. Being that they are UNIONIZED (lol), they technically tshould have went down in seniority and started back at $12.35 under their "new" presumed name and SS#. Better Yet, why not replace them with legal tax paying citizens, who desperately need work. Of course working with them for close to 11 years, I've grown to like some, However, as a manager, I personally Took a spanish for Managers course at my own expense. Even after the course, I delegated and would still have people portray themselves to be "confused" , but believe englished was regained after the shift and they would ask, " how many hours did you give me, can you give me extra? I easily threw off this question by mentioning that (lie) sorry-lol That they were doing bag checks Today/Tonight, so they could return items STUFFED inside their bags, and yes I once caught a lady with pack of stadium dogs (40 in a single Pack) hidden under her Jacket. I'll never forget mentioning to her, Hey, you weren't pregnant at the beginning of the shift, she was about to cry and she definately understood me. I just simply asked her to put them pack in the walk in. I hate to debunk the statement, the ALL illegal workers are honest hard workers Laborers, who work for nearly nothing, however they arent cheap when they are constantly stealing product fo feed there whole family(Note: an Illegal Immigrant can legally obtain Foodstamps, Checks and some other services. If you don't believe me, do your research. I DONT hate these individuals, and I wish them success in the country the belong too. I even welcome them back if they are going to be tax paying Pro-americans, like the rest of us wether migrated from Italy, Peru, Equador, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Ireland, ect ect ect...

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    Curtice

    about 3 years ago

    38 Comments

    I say stop watching CNN and just look around you. This acusation does not suprise me one bit.
    Unless this individual has a documented track record of falsifications, I'm pretty sure he is quite confident with his understanding of what border supervisors instructed him to do simply from the quotation given which I pasted below. "Whistle Blower" will be his label but it was for the protection of our Country from trafficking and potential terrorism.

    “I will raise my hand to tell the truth and swear to God, and nothing is more serious or important than that,” he said. “I’m going to tell them that, here’s what I hear and see every day: I had conversation with agent A, B, C, D and this is what they told me.”

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    iHenry

    about 3 years ago

    276 Comments

    Well, that explains the drop in arrests that are a\attributed to reduced numbers of illegal crossing. I've love
    to know who gave that order.
    I know several immigration officers personally and I believe them over any so called official statement.

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    SkoolCop49

    about 3 years ago

    1560 Comments

    Ladies and Gentlemen we are witnessing first hand the demise of the American way of life... very sad. Not that I don't feel sympathy for immigrants but my loyalty is to AMERICAN people first. The politicians seem to forget thats why we elected them for that. Someone needs to step up and say enough is enough and get all these CRIMINALS out of the country that are destroying our America. Reform immigration laws if you must but enforce the laws that in place that is all I'm asking.

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    DDemlong

    about 3 years ago

    2238 Comments

    Currently the Sheriff's In AZ have all of a sudden become Camera Lovers and I feel this is another political ploy to get some air time. I don't believe anyone has been telling BP officers not to arrest people.

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    pdaly224

    about 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    I can see this happening. Here in Nevada if it is after 5pm or less then 15 illegals, no one will come out and get them. I have been noticing higher volume of Mexican Nationals traveling back and forth between Nevada and Arizona. With that said, the Border Agents working the front line do a thankless job and just like the rest of us are at the mercy of out admin.

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    Daysend

    about 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    I see law as two halves. There is the right and just law. Then there is the political law, implemented not by the poeple and citizens cares, concerns, and wishes. But by political financial jousting for position status and cash flow. Everyone has a voice and point of view.
    I feel the real issue on the border should be put into scope by "boots on the ground", not jet-laden politions. That scope should be weighted by the needs and desires of the citizens who need safety vs cheap groceries, and then the corps, companies, and farmers who need specialized cheap labor forces to provide product at viable price points in order to avoid shutting down. Politics needs then to find a none-emotional way to implement a solution ideally addressing all issues/sides rather than picking one and shuttering out the others.

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    gudercop

    about 3 years ago

    2174 Comments

    God bless our Border Patrol Agents for they have a thankless job. Please keep them and their families safe in this trying time.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Politics, Politics, Politics. Has NO place in Law Enforcement.

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    LCSO_165

    about 3 years ago

    338 Comments

    AMEN, Robocop!! Those were my thoughts exactly!

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Arrest them. Arrest them all. That's the law.

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