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Skip to comments.Border Patrol Releases Immigrants at Bus Station (Intruders from Special Interest Countries)
Posted on 02/08/2005 8:19:18 AM PST by Spiff
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HARLINGEN, Texas Border Patrol Releases Immigrants at Bus Station
Reported by April Norris
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.
There is a day of reckoning coming on this matter and I know which side I want to be when it does. I hope our Leaders do as well although, from what I've seen to date, they simply do not understand, or refuse to recognize, the depth of feeling on this subject held by most Americans.
JackelopeBreeder has been banned, again.
You da man, Luther! Just when I think I've seen it all...
I saw that, but I can't see why. Apparently his allegedly offensive posts were removed. Given that his previous banning was utterly without merit (ie. there was no logical reason for it) and given the total lack of evidence to the contrary, I suspect he was again banned for no good reason.
The only thing they need is a one way bus ticket to Crawford, Texas.
There is another thread from earlier today that contains a little fireworks on this very subject:
It would appear that our own government is deliberately invading the country by telling the world that with our open border policy this country is for the taking! Come and get it, Commies everywhere!
It is getting time for citizens to take matters into their own hands. I think there are already civilian patrols in Ca. Someone needs to hijack the van of illegals and take them anywhere out of the USA.
Why would anyone in his right mind, including the President, *not* see this as a major problem?
This is precisely what the National Guard is for. The Guard is NOT intended for being used as cannon fodder or whatnot in Iraq, Afghanistan, or any other foreign country (not to diminish our noble effort there nor the sacrifices of members of the National Guard). The National Guard is intended to guard our borders, etc. right here at home. But name a single border state governor with the will to use the National Guard as they were intended. Arnold the RINO Governator certainly won't in California. Lesbian leftist carpetbagger Democrat Janet Napolitano won't in Arizona. Liberal loser Democrat Bill Richardson won't in New Mexico. And Dubya wannabe Rick Perry won't in Texas.
When citizens get fed up and try to do something about it, the FBI, Border Patrol, ICE, DHS, etc. get all cozy with the leftist loonie Southern Poverty Law Center run by child molester Morris Dees and they start targetting the concerned citizens, characterizing them as a racist "militia" group, calling their properties a "compound", and spooking everyone around them. And then they start arresting them on trumped up charges, lock some away without charge, trial or access to a lawyer (or diabetes medication for that matter), and even shoot some of them for no good reason.
Peas in a Pod: Governor Bill Richardson greets California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano looks on during the Border Governors' Association meeting in Santa Fe.
The FedGov has been proven to be complicit in the invasion that is destroying my county and my state. Congress proposes amnesty for the invaders' crimes and even wants to reward them. The President joins in and wants to reward them too with amnesty, jobs, Social Security benefits, and citizenship. The agencies intended to protect the border are willfully screwing that up (not the agents though, they know their job and want to actually do it despite their mismanagement). The states are doing little or nothing. Only citizens' initiatives and referendums (see Proposition 200 in Arizona) as well as some new legislation in some of the state legislatures is doing anything to deal with the problem.
And then you have your Republican apologists who infest forums such as Free Republic to shout down or brow beat anyone who speaks up about the issue and the complicity of members of the Republican Party.
It's time for more people to get outraged about this national security problem and to speak up some more. RINO Rep. Jim 'My amnesty for illegals isn't really an amnesty even though I've voted for amnesty every time its been presented in Congress' Kolbe is going to brave his home district again this month in some town hall meetings. He was met with fierce protests lead by local Republicans a year ago after the President announced he support for Amnesty. His town hall in Cochise County has been announced and he's asking for it by stating the topic of the town hall is border security. Oh my... A group is forming called Republicans Opposing Amnesty and Rewards to meet him (and any other amnesty-supporting Republicans) with more protests. This problem is only getting worse and Americans need to hear about it.
This could all be taken care of by establishing a tent city detention center out in the desert with a landing strip for airplanes. Make it the way sheriff Joe Arpaio makes his (photos)
This has to be breaking every Federal and State 'health' law ever written!
Where are the 'CDC' and U.N. 'police' on this issue?
(Is the U.S.A. REALLY envolved with a 'War on Terrorism'?)
You might think so, but one look at our border security situation and you know that we're not serious about it.
Weird...I did a search to make sure and it didn't come up. But now it does.
That's the type of xenophobic inflammatory propaganda that appears on websites like StormFront. Why do you repeat it on Free Republic?
There is no "invasion" and your country is getting better everyday, not being destroyed.
The reason none of the governors you cited are not doing what you want them to do is because they disagree with you.
Your local police could bust your local employers of illegal aliens if they wanted to. You must obviously know who they are if you really believe that they are destroying you. Why don't you see if you can get any of your local neighbors to agree with you and get your town to run out all the illegals? You may be shocked to learn that your neighbors don't agree with you either.
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