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Friday, May 13, 2005

If this is true, oh my: AZ Border Patrol told not to make Minutemen look good

The Washington Times reports Border Patrol told to stand down in Arizona
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, The Washington Times has learned.
Now, that's a serious charge and exceptionally shocking to me.

I note that the Chief of the BP says it ain't so:
Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar at the agency's Washington headquarters called the accusations "outright wrong," saying that supervisors at the Naco station had not blocked agents from making arrests and that the station's 350 agents were being "supported in carrying out" their duties.
"Border Patrol agents are the front line of defense against terrorism," Chief Aguilar said, adding that the 11,000 agents nationwide are "meeting that challenge, head-on ... as daunting a task as that may sound."
Well, he gets it right about the agents being on the front line in the GWOT...let's hope he's right about the rest of it.

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