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Border patrol to end catch and release

Discussion in 'Legal' started by walking arsenal, Nov 23, 2005.

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  1. walking arsenal

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    LAREDO, Texas (Reuters) - The United States is closing a legal loophole which has allowed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to slip into the country and join the estimated 11 million undocumented foreigners already here.

    Under long-standing procedure along the U.S. border with Mexico, illegal crossers of nationalities other than Mexican -- dubbed OTMs by the Border Patrol -- have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge before they could be deported.

    Because of a severe shortage of space to hold them until the hearing, they were released after being fingerprinted and given a "notice to appear," a document stating they had agreed to show up at court at a certain date.

    The notice serves as a travel document allowing its holder past Border Patrol checkpoints on the roads leading from the border to the interior. Most OTMs do not show up for their hearing and meld into the population.

    Known as "catch and release," the practice has become part of an increasingly acrimonious debate over immigration policy and border security, an issue likely to loom large in Congress, next year's mid-term elections and the 2008 presidential poll.

    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said last month his department's aim was to "return every single entrant -- no exceptions" but gave no deadline. Mexicans are usually returned immediately -- and most of them try again, some within hours.

    Along the border, agents say ending the practice will take time and depends on how quickly the government can build additional detention space told hold OTMs before they are sent to their home countries.

    OTMs were a relatively minor problem until 2003, when word of the loophole spread and triggered a growing flood -- including thousands of Brazilians inspired by a popular soap opera, "America," whose sultry star plays an illegal immigrant who swam the Rio Grande and made good in the United States.
     
  2. Janitor

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    Darnit!!! Don't these people know a false economy in conservation when they see it?

    If the BP stops the catch and release program, there will be fewer illegals out there in the wild for other BPs to catch. They need to keep the program in place. Catch one, measure it, take it's photo, and then release it to fight it anther day.

    I hope that along with disolving the catch and release program that they don't also increase the limits. It could be devistating to the eco system.
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  3. rick_reno

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    Don't worry, President Bush - the greatest leader of our time - has a plan to fix this. The "no deadline" indicates that political pressure hasn't gotten to a level where they feel they have to actually DO something. It's business as usual.
     
  4. Lone_Gunman

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    I thought Jerkoff said a couple of weeks ago it was impossible to track down all of them. Now he wants to return every single one?

    Also, note the language of his quote... he uses the term "entrant" instead of illegal alien. Typical federal doublespeak.
     
  5. R.H. Lee

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    Yeah, well it might not wait until then if some of the 'OTM entrants' :rolleyes: are in fact active terrorists. We're gonna get caught with our pants down.....again. Watch.
     
  6. Biker

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    Hmmmm....Catch and Release. Does this mean that I can no longer use bait and I have to go to barbless hooks now?:evil:
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  7. 1040

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    Holding facility

    Isn't there a sheriff in the west who holds his prisoners in a "tent city?"

    That seems like a logical place to put illegal entrants into the country. This facility could be erected within a few weeks and readily expanded, if necessary.

    Hold them for, say, 30, 60 or 90 days in the tent, with a blanket, baloney sandwiches and water. After they have their day in court, fly them back to somewhere in south Mexico, not the US/Mexican border, for release.

    Make their stay in the US, "uncomfortable," at least by our standards, rather than an air conditioned bus ride back to the border.
     
  8. wingnutx

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    Joe Arpaio. IMHO, he's a grandstanding ass who does happen to have a few very good ideas.
     
  9. 71Commander

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    Just drive along the border in a construction truck. You should get plenty of bites. Then ship them to the Pacific Northwest to displace your current workforce.

    It makes America stronger.
     
  10. NCP24

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    They just need to give our local authorities deportation powers. The funding for transportation could be diverted from US/Mexico “War on Drugs” aid and all additional cost could be charged to the Mexican Government.
     
  11. CAnnoneer

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    I propose we charge 10,000 dollars to each country for each of its illegal aliens we catch. As an easy enforcement, the money should be substracted from the foreign aid we give to the same countries. When the balance turns negative, we hire mercs as repo men - the modern version of privateers!
     
  12. Standing Wolf

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    I imagine this means we're going to spare ourselves the bother of catching them now.
     
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