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Why we have Borders. (Letters to the Editor).

The June 2, 2003 edition of THE NEW AMERICAN contained a letter to the editor ("More Immigrants Needed?") criticizing what the writer called the "counterproductive" immigration laws. He refers to aliens as "harmless foreigners." As an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, I have to tell you that such an attitude is exactly what has caused our immigration problem.

In my 18 years on the job, I have arrested many criminal aliens. Their crimes have ranged from DWI, vehicle pursuits, burglary. drug trafficking, fraud, sexual assault, rape, and murder. I would hardly call these people "harmless foreigners." Many aliens capitalize upon this "harmless foreigner" image and look at the U.S. and its citizens as easy prey.

When I talk with people who hold to an "open border" mentality, I ask them if they would like these criminal aliens living next door to them. When they respond "no," then the only course of action is to have immigration laws and to enforce them. Yes, the majority of the aliens we arrest are not violent, but we are a sovereign nation and must enforce our laws to keep it that way.

The writer of the above-mentioned letter went on to describe the "Gestapo-like INS." I don't think there is another law enforcement agency in the U.S. or the world that arrests more people on a daily basis than the Border Patrol and the INS (which was abolished on March 1, 2003 and folded into the Department of Homeland Security). The agents involved in these arrests many times are lifesavers to aliens often left to die in the desert by the smugglers.

I know of many agents who use their own money to provide food for aliens. I also know of many agents who have received letters of appreciation from aliens they have arrested, thanking them for treating them professionally and humanely. We are not perfect, but our task is daunting and we try to do the best with what we have. Support from our elected officials and the public would go a long way towards doing our job.

"Gestapo-like"? I don't think so. Remember, our job is to prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States. East German guards were well known for preventing people from leaving. If you don't like it here in the U.S., you are always welcome to leave. Nobody is stopping you from doing that.


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Publication:The New American
Date:Jun 30, 2003
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