U.S. Border Patrol ordered not to arrest illegal aliens

Via The Jawa Report:

U.S. Border Patrol agents have been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens along the section of the Arizona border where protesters patrolled last month because an increase in apprehensions there would prove the effectiveness of Minuteman volunteers, The Washington Times has learned.

You heard it right. The U.S. thinks it’s more important to let illegal aliens cross the border from Mexico unimpeded than to lose face on its ridiculous homeland security policies.

… Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, yesterday said “credible sources” within the Border Patrol also had told him of the decision by Naco supervisors to keep new arrests to a minimum, saying he was angry but not surprised.

“It’s like telling a cop to stand by and watch burglars loot a store but don’t arrest any of them,” he said. “This is another example of decisions being made at the highest levels of the Border Patrol that are hurting morale and helping to rot the agency from within.

“I worry about our efforts in Congress to increase the number of agents,” he said. “Based on these kinds of orders, we could spend the equivalent of the national debt and never have secure borders.”

The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps arose as a volunteer project whereby citizens assisted the Border Patrol in patrolling sections of the U.S.-Mexico border where illegal immigration was running rampant. In one area patrolled by the Minuteman project, illegal border crossings dropped from 500 people per day to less than 15 per day. Typically volunteers were not armed and acted as spotters, directing Border Patrol agents toward people attempting to enter the country illegally. Border Patrol agents would confront, arrest and prepare these suspects for deportation.

By directing the Border Patrol not to arrest illegal aliens crossing the border, the U.S. has seriously compromised homeland security, just as the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border was beginning to improve.