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Reacting to the recent report that US.border patrol agents had been told not to arrest illegal immigrants. Congresman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and eight
other Congressmen are now calling for the resignation of Michael Nicely, Agent-in-Charge of the Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol. Congressman
Tancredo said, "This vendetta by our government to undermine the success of the Minutemen Project clearly puts the American people in danger."
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"
"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
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."
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WE all saw the article from the Washington post the other day regarding this order yet none of the newswires are picking up on this story.
Kind of makes one wonder if Bush and cohorts are getting the major newswires to put a lid on this one? If they are it sure is one big conspiracy on
Bush or should I say the Bush admistrations part.
It is time for Americans to wake up and tell their elected officials this has gone to far and this practice needs to stop.
[edit on 5/20/2005 by shots]