It is bad enough that we have millions of illegal immigrants entering the country undetected. But I could not believe it when I read that thousands of individuals who have been apprehended entering the country illegally are being set free in the US. Basically the government is giving them a “Get Out of Jail Fee Card.”
On Sunday AP reported:
Several times a day, a chain-link gate rolls open and dozens of illegal immigrants stroll out of the U.S. Border Patrol station here, blinking into the hot Texas sun as they look for taxis to the bus station and a ticket out of town.
Each holds a piece of paper that Spanish-speakers call a “permiso” – permission, courtesy of the U.S. government, to roam the country freely.
Now these are not Mexican nationals. But they are from countries that are suspected of supporting terrorism.
They were from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil. But also Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen – among 35 countries of “special interest” because of alleged sponsorship or support of terrorism.
These are the so-called OTM, or “Other Than Mexican,” migrants too far from their homelands to be shipped right back. More than 70,000 have hit U.S. streets just since this past October.
Someone please explain this to me. If I want to fly from Sacramento to Los Angeles, I have to show twelve forms of ID or face being striped down to my underwear; and maybe then I will be allowed on the plane. But potential terrorists simply need to walk across the boarder, speak with a boarder patrol agent and they are off to the races.
Am I the only one why thinks that this is taking term “Catch and Release” a little too far?
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