Border Control

January 1, 2006
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Here are some news items that won’t be featured in too many corners of the political Internet community:

Puerto Rico:

A total of seventy-nine Dominican[s] . . . who tried to enter Puerto Rico illegally [were] returned to their native land by U.S. Coast Guard officers.

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The majority of the [aliens] — a whopping 72 — were nabbed . . . after U.S. Customs and Border Protection C-12 aircraft spotted a 30-foot wooden yola.

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Since 1 Oct. 2005, approximately 1,137 [aliens] have been interdicted at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Forces United for Rapid Action personnel, Coast Guard officials said yesterday.

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Virginia:

“Virginia denies benefits to illegals”

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The [new] law restricts anybody without a Social Security number from receiving Medicaid [and] temporary assistance for needy families….

BTW, the partisan breakdown of Virginia’s state legislature at the time that anti-illegal immigrant bill was enacted:

State Assembly

58 = GOP.
39 = Dems.

State Senate

24 = GOP.
16 = Dems.

Moreover, the very last time the Commonwealth of Virginia cast its electoral votes for a MediaCrat Prez nominee was . . . 1964.

Go figure.

California:

Two proposals to train local officers to enforce federal immigration laws are moving forward, placing Orange County among the first areas in the country to track criminal foreign nationals.

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Meanwhile, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor hopes to make that city’s police force the first in the nation to check all suspects’ immigration status.

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Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties are already training sheriff’s deputies to interview jail inmates. Nationally, Florida, Alabama and Arizona have a variety of programs in place, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Hat tip: Random Nuclear Strikes.

BTW, I could not help but notice the reference to “Florida, Alabama and Arizona” already having programs in place under which state law enforcement agents are working with the feds to help enforce the country’s immigration laws.

Florida, Alabama and Arizona, eh?

2/3 state govs. = GOP.
5/6 U.S. Sens. = GOP.
A large majority of their U.S. Reps. = GOP.
4/6 state houses = GOP.
All three states voted for Bush — twice.

Go figure.

Texas:

In FY 2005, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have arrested approximately 4,317 individuals with criminal histories. This arrest [of an illegal alien wanted for murder in North Carolina] continues to prove the value of the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

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Speaking of fingerprinting and other border control technologies:

The Homeland Security Department announced . . . it has finished on schedule installing biometric entry capabilities at the nation’s 104 land border ports.

Biometric entry procedures now are deployed at all fixed ports of entry operating the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (U.S. Visit) visitor screening program. The 50 busiest land border ports received the biometric capabilities a year ago.

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Texas:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has targeted the Del Rio, Texas, sector for a multiagency border control initiative called ‘Operation Streamline II,’ which will focus on high-traffic smuggling corridors . . .

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The operation [involves] the Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Attorney’s office, and the U.S. Marshals Service…..

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California:

“Two Men Face Charges After ICE Agents Uncover Human Smuggling ‘Drop House’ in Riverside”

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ICE agents seized accounting ledgers and other paperwork believed to be related to the smuggling activity. The 25 [aliens] are still being interviewed by ICE investigators. Some of the aliens are expected to be designated as material witnesses in the smuggling prosecution. The remainder will be placed into immigration removal proceedings.

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