Posted on July 1, 2004

50 Congressional Members Call on Border Undersecretary to Stay Course on Legal Raids

Office of Congressman Tom Tancredo, June 26, 2004

Congressman Tom Tancredo (CO-06) today along with 49 Congressmen applauded Border Patrol enforcement in California and urged Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson to resist pressure to halt arrests in the southern California by Democrat members of congress.

Fifty Members of Congress including House Majority Leader Tom Delay, Chairman of land Security Appropriations Harold Rogers, Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner and California Representatives Richard Pombo, Dana Rohrabacher and Darrel Issa have praised the U.S. Border Patrol for its new enforcement actions in southern California. In a joint letter on Friday, the lawmakers asked land Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson to “resist outside pressure to curtail it.”

“We believe that this kind of interior enforcement is desperately needed across the country, not only in the San Diego Sector,” the lawmakers said in their letter to Hutchinson. The letter noted that none of the enforcement actions have involved s or schools or churches, only public places like shops and bus terminals.

Recent reports have suggested that a new initiative is underway by the U.S. Border Patrol to use a “Mobile Patrol Group” to apprehend illegals further in from the border in an effort to better enforce U.S. immigration law. The efforts have yielded positive results. Since the operation first began on June 4, 2004, the “Mobile Patrol Group” has already successfully arrested 492 illegals through June 23rd.

“The success of the unit operating from the Temecula Station is ample evidence of the need for this activity nationwide,” said the lawmakers.

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