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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Immigrant 'catch-release' policy criticized(400,000 fugitives who are 'other than Mexican')

August 8, 2004
Homeland Security officials acknowledge that more than 70 percent of those released disappear from law enforcement's radar, resulting in a fugitive population of 400,000 nationwide. ...

"I don't think people realize that 15,000 of these people (non-Mexican migrants) have been dumped in communities in Texas in the last eight months," said Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla, whose district includes nearly 800 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. ''You just never know, all we need is to have one or two get through that are up to some shenanigans." ...

"One of my concerns is, are we serious about terrorism, or about homeland security?" asks Jernigan, a former U.S. Customs criminal investigator. "That's my first thought, because we're turning illegal aliens loose, the OTMs, by the thousands." ...

Law enforcement officials told Ortiz that among those released were several people who claimed to be from South or Central American countries, but couldn't speak Spanish.

''The concern was they weren't from where they said they were from, and they might be militants who could do us harm," said Kathy Travis, Ortiz's press secretary. ... FR Reprint.

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