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Why don’t we have the pollsters ask the National Guardsmen that were overrun at their border observation post if they think the border fence is a “winning issue” today:
A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona’s border with Mexico.
According to the Border Patrol, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the site in the state’s West Desert Region around 11 p.m. The site is manned by National Guardsmen. Those guardsmen were forced to retreat.
The Border Patrol will not say whether shots were fired. However, no Guardsmen were injured in the incident.
The Border Patrol says the incident occurred somewhere along the 120 mile section of the border between Nogales and Lukeville. The area is known as a drug corridor. Last year, 124-thousand pounds of illegal drugs were confiscated in this area.
The Border patrol says the attackers quickly retreated back into Mexico.
It will not be long before that story changes from ‘the Guardsmen retreated’ to ‘the Guardsmen were killed in a hail of gunfire’. Beyond the fact that it’s an embarrassment to have our National Guard troops forced to retreat on US soil is the fact that they did not have the means, the backup, and quite possibly the permission to fight back, and make their attackers either retreat or pay dearly for their excursion over the border. What’s worse: these armed incursions are nothing new, and they put our servicemen, border patrol, and citizens that live or work near the border in peril.
But whatever, the folks in Washington say it’s not a ‘winning issue’ to be in favor of border security first or a border fence. In fact, some say it’s even ‘racist’ to consider securing the border from illegal crossings. Fine, just don’t tell that to these guardsmen or the widow(s) and orphans of the next American citizen that winds up dead when the bullets start flying. Makes perfect sense. Besides, why should our border patrol and guardsmen fight back, since our government will send them to jail for doing their jobs.
Update: As if on cue, leave it to Sylvester Stallone to go to Mexico City and say “We don’t need no stinkin’ fence”. Moron.
Because even with the system we have now, there’s ways for them to commit crimes and work the system to get out of facing punishment for it. Case in point:
WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Not many illegal immigrants ask to be deported. But Jose Vallejo of Mexico did, rather than face a potential prison term of 30 years for sex assault here in the United States. And he nearly got his wish.
Prosecutors in Illinois say Vallejo, who is now a 17-year-old Mexican national, pinned a 4-year-old girl down on a bed, then molested her on April 12, 2006. Even though Vallejo was only 16 at the time of the alleged crime, he is being charged as an adult because of the age of the victim. He faces three counts, including aggravated criminal sexual assault, one count of unlawful restraint.
Originally, bond was set by a state judge at $150,000 but Vallejo’s family posted the cash. So, Vallejo was released by the state, but soon after, was taken into custody by federal agents for illegally entering the country three years ago.
While in federal custody, Vallejo asked a federal immigration judge to deport him. The request was granted during a Jan. 4 deportation hearing in Chicago.
But before Vallejo was sent back over the border, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials alerted prosecutors in McHenry County, Ill., and that agency took custody of him.
“It’s kind of terrifying to know that someone who has violated a four-year-old, sexually violated, would be washed from the system all of the sudden, he would escape from our country here and it’d be over,” said state attorney Lou Bianchi.
Bianchi said a number of things could be added to courtrooms to give immigration judges tools to determine if someone before them has criminal charges pending, which could decide whether or not they stay in the United States to face charges.
“If they have a monitor, at least someone in the courtroom is watching the monitor and all of the sudden it would flash up on the screen that this man is wanted or he’s got at least outstanding charges so that the appropriate authority like in this case,” Bianchi said. “Our office could be notified so that we could take the proper precautions to make sure that these type of illegal aliens who commit crimes are not deported immediately so that we can prosecute them.”
But Vallejo’s attorney, Perry Grimaldi, argued in state court that the deportation order should stand, saying, “their law is supreme over the state laws. They are the ones that have taken him into custody. They are the ones that will conduct any further actions.”
But a county judge on Jan. 16 ruled against Vallejo, upping his bond from $150,000 to $750,000 to prevent his deportation.
ICE characterizes this case as textbook, stressing that red flags were raised after the immigration judge’s deportation order.
But immigration watchdogs say laws must be changed to ensure immigration judges are informed of pending criminal charges. Currently, these federal judges don’t take criminal charges into account, unless that’s the reason for the illegal immigrant’s deportation hearing.
“The system should work in a way that the only people who go before an immigration judge who have committed some sort of crime has already served their time for that crime,” said Jack Martin, special projects director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “In other words, they should not heave people coming before them that are involved in another judicial proceeding until that proceedings is completed.”
Martin said the number of cases of this type is increasing with the illegal immigrant population in the United States; case loads of this type are growing by about 500,000 a year, and there are currently between 11 and 13 million — with some estimates saying as many as 20 million — people in the United States illegally.
Susan Eastwood, spokeswoman for the Justice Department’s executive office for immigration review, told FOX News that immigration courts will not consider any crimes allegedly committed by an illegal immigrant, unless they are related to the immigration case at hand.
“Our judges do not take into account pending criminal charged against a defendant,” Eastwood said. “The judges must stay fair and balanced on a case. A criminal case and a deportation hearing are separate trials. Immigration judges do not do criminal trials.”
Now that he’ll be in the United States for awhile, Vallejo has requested a jury trial. His next court date is scheduled for March 2.
What’s scary here is, if the suspect had found the right sort of judge(and he might still), he would be back in Mexico today, free to commit another horrible crime on either side of the border again. And the excuses being made allowing this loophole to exsist in the first place, especially on the part of the Justice Department…..disgusting. Where is the responsibility, the want to protect citizens from crimes like this?
If there’s going to be any real immigration reform, and with the democrats in power in Congress you can forget any REAL change occuring (not that it was any better with linguine-spined Republicans in charge), then it has to start with not only enforcement of anti-illegal immigration laws, but the closing of loopholes that could let a monster like this guy go free.
Considering the way Washington’s been treating the issue, I doubt things like this will receive any notice. It’s just not a politically correct thing to talk about in opposition to amnesty. If you think it’s bad now with this example of gaming the system, though, just wait. But hey, you pro-open borders/amnesty people just ignore the above and go ahead and throw those borders open. Let me know how that works out for you. Just make sure to warn American parents before you do.