Skip to comments.Border Patrol Releases Immigrants at Bus Station
Posted on 02/08/2005 6:24:38 AM PST by txdoda
FEBRUARY 7, 2005 - Action 4 News undercover cameras catch Border Patrol agents dropping off illegal immigrants at a local bus station by the van load.
How do we know the immigrants are not possible terrorists? You'll soon find out we don't! Could this be a sign of border breakdown?
New Year's Eve morning agents pull up to the Valley Transit bus station in Harlingen, open the back of their van and a hand full of illegal immigrants jump out.
But that's just the beginning, six days later more illegal immigrants were set free, free to travel anywhere they want in the U.S. Why should you be concerned?
They are residents from what Homeland Security calls special interest countries - countries like Brazil and Argentina. The U.S. government has identified the countries as supporters of terrorism.
Luther Jones owns the Harlingen Valley Transit Bus Station.
"We offer them transportation via the bus to the destination they're traveling."
He says the unsupervised transportation of recently captured illegal immigrants is common.
"Immigrations will drop off, I call them entrepreneurs that are people seeking a better life. They come through the doors, we meet them and start them off with phone card, so they can call their family, if they're in need of money, we assist them with retrieving money through Western Union here at the bus station."
Some fear the illegal immigrants could be possible terrorists. Several U.S. Border Patrol agents who don't want to be identified tell Action 4 News they want people to know they're being told to drop off the immigrants at the bus station.
They say they do it at all times of the day. Even at night. The trips to the bus station they say just don't stop!
On January 17, the Border Patrol releases a dozen or so illegal immigrants. We're told they're from El Salvador.
Four months ago, law enforcement in El Salvador warned the U.S. that Al Qaeda may be recruiting gang members there.
"No, these people they're so friendly and it's such need is what I see coming through the door," Jones said.
On another day, Action 4 News cameras caught four men from Brazil sitting at the bus station.
Jones says they also entered the country illegally. He says they're waiting for family to wire them money for bus fare.
27 year-old Fernando Tello-Huila from southern Colombia doesn't have any problems telling his story.
He says he traveled to Matamoros and paid a coyote $900 to show him where and how to cross the Rio Grande. Coyotes are paid handsomely to smuggle immigrants illegally into the country.
Border agents apprehended Fernando in McAllen.
"The immigration police gave me the information fast so I could quickly get my permission to stay in the U.S.," said Tello-Huila.
Fernando's talking about his walking papers. Border agents say federal jails are so overcrowded, illegal immigrants without a criminal background may be released.
They're given a future court date to appear before an immigration judge and if they promise to appear, they're set free.
Fernando's court date is March 30 in Houston.
"I'm thankful for the services and information the agents provide to help me travel freely through out the United States."
The problem is nearly 70 percent of the illegal immigrants never show up for their court date.
Congressman Solomon Ortiz says the illegals then simply get lost in the government's red tape.
"They're not about to show up, they spend money, they paid money to the coyote to come across and then to be here two months and then show up to be sent back, that's not going to happen."
We showed Congressman Ortiz the video of border agents at the bus station.
We ask him "how do you know these guys are not possible terrorists?"
Ortiz answers, "there's no way because we do not have any records. We need to have records from the country they're coming from and I know there's no records. What I am trying now to establish, it has been an uphill battle, is to talk to the embassies in those countries to come up with a program where we can exchange information until we have that, we don't know who they are."
In approximately six months, 15,000 illegal immigrants have been released in Texas with only a promise to return for their court hearing.
Ortiz says it's hard for the government to keep track of them because they usually change their names or buy someone else's identity.
"A terrorist is not going to come through the border with a "T" on their forehead, we don't know who they are and this of course concerns me very very much."
Congressman Ortiz says he's going to take the video of the illegal immigrants to Washington. He says he going to show it to congress to show them the breakdown at the border.
What procedures does the Border Patrol follow before releasing illegal immigrants.
Border Patrol supervisor Roy Cervantes says before the agency releases anyone from a special interest country, agents make sure they don't have a criminal history.
He says they run extensive background checks including fingerprints through numerous FBI data bases. He admits there's always room for error.
Because of Action 4 News investigation, Cervantes says they're looking into a new way of releasing illegal immigrants.
"Well because of this, the media attention, we're always looking for ways to do things better. Sometimes doing the right thing is not always the popular thing, we're going to continue doing the right thing and that's protecting America and enforcing immigration laws in the U.S."
Cervantes was instructed by the Border Patrol in Washington D.C. not to talk about the number of illegal immigrants from special interest countries being released on a daily bases.
In March we'll find out if Fernando, who traveled to the U.S. from Colombia shows up for his court date in Houston.
Yet nearly 70%, over 10K, will never keep this *promise* to appear.
So WHERE are they now ???
Just another happy lil' foreign criminal, thoughtfully aided and abetted by our so-called "law enforcement" officers.
Gosh, doya think they'd be that helpful to any of us after catching us doing something wrong?
Unbelievable, why not just open the d**n borders to anyone who wants to come in. No, wait we've already done that. What is the purpose of ICE if not to arrest/ apprehend illegal border crossings and prosecute/ remove them from this country?
NO......citizens would probably get the 6 month jail sentence that our laws mandate for 'first time illegal border crossers'.
Sad to say that we have not learned our lesson yet. If another terrorist strike happens because we refused to protect our borders, George Bush can kiss his legacy goodbye. The liberals will see to that.
I just came up with a better idea, why not post the ICE employees on the other side of the border, have them escort the criminals/ terrorists into the country, then give them a hot meal, bus passes, etc. We can then charge the illegals like the coyotes do and all will be well... sheesh!
I will help the liberals see to that, should it happen.
This is a joke right? I think this is the most laughable example of failed law enforcement that I have ever been witness to. Enough is enough. Call your government officials and let them know how you really feel. Tired of having your security compromised and your tax-payer pocket picked? Then do something about it!
Sure haven't......& keep in mind these are stats from only one border state.
"Catch & Release" @ our borders should have ended 9-12-01.
Howsabout we drop them off at the border in their own country and make them promise never to come back?
Short of that, drop them off and get the promise, but dip them in some of that indelible voting dye the Iraqis used so we can easily identify them until they do.
Hmmm... ROGER HEDGECOCK is supposed to be doing a while Immegration SPIEL on RUSH Limbaugh today.
Hopefully he'll read this one, and 'discuss'.
""I'm thankful for the services and information the agents provide to help me travel freely through out the United States."
The problem is nearly 70 percent of the illegal immigrants never show up for their court date. "
WAKE UP AMERICA!
No you're not insulting our intelligence, it's all in our heads.
WAKE UP AMERICA!
We're awake. Bush is sleeping at the wheel on this, though.
I say if they get 'caught' coming over, we still let them go if they are not criminals.
BUT.. we take COMPLETE Biometrics. Retinal scan, fingerprint, DNA, Thermal Image, Photo ID, AND Implant them with a GPS (that the US gov't will remove AT THE COURT HEARING)
IF they try to 'run' or not show up, or remove the chip, they get PERMANENTLY expeled from the US, with NO CHANCE of permanent citizenship EVER (and since we have complete biometirics, it will acutally be enforceable)
What a joke.
W's immigration policies so far are going to be his true Achilles heel...and our's too as a nation.
Simply incredible and irresponsible.
Tony Blair gets it!
TONY BLAIR, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: The public concern about this is very simple. It's a play by the rules concern. It's a concern that people, for example, who come in to claim asylum should be genuine refugees, that people who come in to work or study here should genuinely be coming in to work or study, and therefore what you need in place are strict controls that work in the interest of the country that mean that only the people who play by the rules come in, and those that don't, don't.
CNN/LOU Dobbs aired Feb. 7, 2005
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