July 20, 2005

Hot Air Along the Border

Via WaPo:

The top U.S. border enforcement official said Wednesday that his agency is exploring ways to involve citizen volunteers in creating "something akin to a Border Patrol auxiliary" -- a significant shift after a high-profile civilian campaign this spring along the Arizona-Mexico border.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner told The Associated Press that his agency began looking into citizen involvement after noting how eager volunteers were to stop illegal immigration.

"We value having eyes and ears of citizens, and I think that would be one of the things we are looking at is how you better organize, let's say, a citizen effort," Bonner said.

He said that could involve training of volunteers organized "in a way that would be something akin to a Border Patrol auxiliary."

My gut reaction is that this is a ploy to placate those that are becoming aware of just how porous and unprotected our borders are. We should not fall for it.

If Commissioner Bonner's boss Michael Chertoff were serious about stopping illegal immigration and protecting our borders from terrorist infiltration, he would press the President and Congress for funding to hire, train and equip full-time, professional border patrol agents, and he'd actually let them arrest suspected illegals.

Chertoff and Bush have no apparent interest in protecting our borders.

I hope all of us live to regret it.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 20, 2005 11:56 PM | TrackBack

It is definetly a ploy to snow the people. It has already came out that he proposes to put the volunteers in an office somewhere so more of the regular agents (sic) can go out and not do the job they are not doing now. Hell, I confused myselfwith that one. To make it clear, the border patrol (sic) is a union organization and they will never be forced to do the job they are paid to do. They need a complete overhaul and someone with the b***'s to put them out of the office and into the field. If they don't perform, fire them and hire someone who will. There are ways to fire even a union thug.

Posted by: scrapiron at July 21, 2005 07:31 AM