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By Michelle Malkin  •  May 9, 2006 10:37 AM

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Who does the U.S. Border Patrol work for? Apparently, not for us.

If you have high blood pressure, don’t read on. The Daily Bulletin reports:

While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen — and telling the Mexican government where they are.

According to three documents on the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Web site, the U.S. Border Patrol is to notify the Mexican government as to the location of Minutemen and other civilian border patrol groups when they participate in apprehending illegal immigrants — and if and when violence is used against border crossers.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed the notification process, describing it as a standard procedure meant to reassure the Mexican government that migrants’ rights are being observed.

“It’s not a secret where the Minuteman volunteers are going to be,” Mario Martinez said Monday.

“This … simply makes two basic statements — that we will not allow any lawlessness of any type, and that if an alien is encountered by a Minuteman or arrested by the Minuteman, then we will allow that government to interview the person.”

Minuteman members were not so sanguine about the arrangement, however, saying that reporting their location to Mexican officials nullifies their effectiveness along the border and could endanger their lives.

“Now we know why it seemed like Mexican officials knew where we were all the time,” said Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. “It’s unbelievable that our own government agency is sending intelligence to another country. They are sending intelligence to a nation where corruption runs rampant, and that could be getting into the hands of criminal cartels.

“They just basically endangered the lives of American people.”

Officials with the Mexican consulate in Washington, D.C., could not be reached for comment Monday.

To top it all off, Border Patrol agents are reportedly being told to ignore reports of illegal alien sightings–or to omit credit to Minutemen when they file such reports with DHS:

TJ Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing more than 10,000 Border Patrol agents, said agents have complained for years about the Mexican consulate’s influence over the agency.

“It worries me (that the Mexican government) seems to be unduly influencing our enforcement policies. That’s not a legitimate role for any foreign nation,” Bonner said, though he added, “It doesn’t surprise me.”

Border Patrol agents interviewed by the Daily Bulletin said they have been asked to report to sector headquarters the location of all civilian volunteer groups, but to not file the groups’ names in reports if they spot illegal immigrants.

“Last year an internal memo notified all agents not to give credit to Minuteman volunteers or others who call in sightings of illegal aliens,” said one agent, who spoke on the condition he not be identified. “We were told to list it as a citizen call and leave it at that. Many times, we were told not to go out to Minuteman calls.”

Not a surprise, of course, when the nation’s own president considers overwhelmingly peaceful supporters of immigration enforcement “vigilantes.”


Noon update/reader feedback. If the Bush administration keeps eroding its conservative base like this, there won’t be a base left to stand on:

Reader Erik H.:

It gives a new meaning to “jobs Americans won’t do” … as in the job of securing the border, insofar as it concerns the U.S. Border Patrol.

Reader Dan:

It is time for Republicans and Conservatives to write the President and their state and local Republican officials to announce that we will be staying home on November 7th.

I prefer to let the Democrats mess up real good for a couple of years so to teach the pork-ladened, do-nothing GOPers a lesson.

Reader Chad:

Does the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency also tell the Mexican Government where the U.S. Border Patrol people are going to be, too?

Reader Antonio:

I am just stunned about this article. It reports that our OWN border patrol agency is informing the Mexican government of WHERE the minutemen are patroling the border. This is INSANITY!

Lucianne.com commenters are also up in arms:

Once again our clumsy and wrongheaded government officials put law-abiding, taxpaying American citizens at risk by divulging information to corrupt mexican officials. This is a disaster waiting to happen that has been concocted and abetted by our government. Of the people, by the people and for the people? Forget it!


I am beyond frustration, anger, and disgust; I am now determined not to vote for any Republican incumbent.


I am so shocked that I don’t have any appropriate words.


The ability of the US Border Patrol and the immigration authorities inside the USA to conduct effective immigration law enforcement operations was destroyed many years ago by the employers of illegal aliens through their political stooges, along with the very liberal ethnic and immigrant rights groups that are politically allied to the liberal Democrats, and some foreign governments, who have inordinate influence over the rules and regulations and make sure that they are designed to fail.

By disingenuously supporting a huge amnesty for illegal aliens that eventually will grant them dual citizenship and US voting rights, Bush is falling right into the hands of the liberal Democrats who know that they will garner a vast purality of those new poor immigrant voters in the future, a fact that will mean long-term political suicide for the Republican Party and the conservative agenda.


It looks like the Border Patrol has been infected with the same disease as the CIA!


Our President is letting us down and it just makes my heart ache.

I feel betrayed.

The RNC can’t figure out why Pres Bush has low ratings. Wise up RNC. Listen to the people!

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