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Tancredo Calls for Border Official to Resign
Eight Congressmen Sign Tancredo's Letter to DHS Secretary
From the Office of Congressman Tom Tancredo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) called for
the resignation of Michael Nicely, Agent-in-Charge of the Tucson
Sector of the Border Patrol, after a dozen Border Patrol agents
confirmed that he ordered them to reduce the apprehension of
illegal aliens crossing the border.
Eight Congressmen signed Tancredo's letter to Department of
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff calling for
Nicely's resignation. Ten Congressmen signed a separate letter
by Tancredo which calls for the House Judiciary Committee to
initiate an investigation into the "stand down" orders.
"Any government official that seeks to thwart the law is
derelict in his duty to the American people. Mr. Nicely must
take responsibility for his actions and turn over his post to
someone who is willing to enforce the law," said Tancredo.
A dozen Border Patrol agents told the Washington Times that they
had been instructed to "stand down" from arresting illegal
aliens near where Minutemen protestors had patrolled in April.
The agents understood that an increase in arrests would prove
the effectiveness of extra manpower on the border and would
credit the Minutemen's approach. Several sources, including the
President of the National Border Patrol Council, have confirmed
the newspaper report.
Tancredo called for a Congressional investigation into the
incident. "In a post-9/11 world, it is critical that we send the
message that we're serious about border security. A
Congressional investigation will get to the bottom of these
troubling and dangerous practices," said Tancredo.
"If Mr. Nicely was acting on orders from officials higher up in
the border bureaucracy, more heads should roll," concluded
Tancredo. "Congress needs to exercise more active oversight of
our border security."