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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

BORDER PATROL AGENT KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY

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While I think the US immigration system is badly broken and we are wasting tremendous resources fighting the wrong battles, I have a deep respect for those in the US Border Patrol who are acting in service to their country and often putting their safety at risk. Today we learned the sad news that Border Agent Robert Rosas was killed in the line of duty. Arrests have been made and hopefully the killers will be brought to justice.

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  1. hmm's Avatar
    There are plenty of other jobs in law enforcement, so why do people choose to join Border Patrol and spend their lives enforcing bad (and inhumane) immigration laws? Let's not discuss here anti-drug efforts and focus on immigration enforcement. Why do people do it? The answer I think is that they are all against immigration, illegal as well as legal. Sorry but I am not sympathetic. People get killed every day fighting for noble causes; US border enforcement doesn't qualify.
  2. Kamal Jain's Avatar
    Stopping people from crossing the border illegally is enforcing bad immigration laws? Could you enlighten us what a good law regarding this activity would be?
  3. Jack's Avatar
    'Why do people do it?'

    Maybe to pay the bills?
  4. hmm's Avatar
    "Maybe to pay the bills?"

    You are right but there are plenty of other law enforcement jobs, why choose this one?

    Most border patrol agents and immigration officers I have met were somewhere between unfriendly and hostile. It seems they are trained to be that way, but also I think most of them naturally dislike immigrants which is part of the reason they take the job.

    I remember some border control agents who treated me professionally but usually they made me feel like I was a criminal whom they had to let go; and mind you I had flawless paperwork every time.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    The type of Border Patrol agents depend on territory. New York JFK agents are plain rude. So are the agents at Miami. The guy at Nassau, Bahamas was fast asleep as I cleared immigration there back in 2002. Boston is neutral. Generally minority agents treat you much better than white agents. Atlanta and Arizona agents (whites) are plain racists. Perhaps they are the ones who sent the racist vitriol that Greg is talking about. In Australia, my minority friends from the US and Singapore always get treated like dirt by white Aussie female agents. (In general, I found the Aussie white women racist, even some who have worked as dancers in Bollywood, India..they simply despise Indians although they return there once a year at least for a part in some movie). Other agents, including white males are OK. In some respects, it is the same here...more problems with female Caucasian agents, particularly if you are a minority...they like to harrass you and behave as though the minority traveller is asking them for a date!
  6. hmm's Avatar
    Well, I am whiter than snow, but it is true that I mostly get harassed by white US border patrol agents.

    Also in any other country I have been to, immigration people are nicer at the border, which is why I think US border patrol agents are trained to be mean.
  7. Matt's Avatar
    Not a pleasant incident. Border related issues are getting serious day by day.
  8. VERY proud Green Wife's Avatar
    You all need to get your head out of a very dark body part. When you come in and out of the country at any LEGAL port of entry, you are inspected by the CUSTOMS part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    This agent is one of thousands of BORDER PATROL agents whose job is to patrol and apprehend individuals entering the United States at any other place other than a LEGAL PORT OF ENTRY (i.e., the Southern California Desert near Campo, where this took place.)
    What is a LEGAL port of entry? Any international airport, road, bridge, tunnel, or shipping port in which CUSTOMS is there to perform an inspection as to your legal right to enter the country after inspection of documentation and determining whether or not you have any illegal or contraband substances.

    This man is dead. He will not go home to his family tonight or any other night in the future. Show respect, and knowledge about his occupation and his job duties before criticizing him based on SOMEONE ELSE YOU BELIEVE DOES THE SAME JOB.

    Why you ask they would take this job rather than "any other job in law enforcement" is best answered by my husband - a SUPERVISOR FOR THE U.S. BORDER PATROL. When he took this job [and left for 20 WEEKS of training at FLETC within three months after we were married] he said "I just want to protect my Country." My husband has been shot at, broken bones, and received injuries severe enough to require multiple visits to the hospital for stitches, physical therapy, surgery, etc. He still loves his job.

    PLEASE know the difference:

    BLUE UNIFORMS = CUSTOMS = LEGAL PORT OF ENTRY
    GREEN UNIFORMS = BORDER PATROL = ALL NON-LEGAL AREAS TO ENTER THE U.S.

    God bless this Agent and his family and may his killer(s) be brought to justice.
  9. Federale's Avatar
    Whine whine whine, whites are racists, non-whites are perfect. Just a junior Henry Louis Gates. Fortuneately all of America sees through your racist nonsense.
  10. Federale's Avatar
    This is typical of the left and Siskind to allow all the hate and vitriol against Border Patrol Agents. Liberals just think only laws they agree with should be enforced and they spew hatred. Please note that most Border Patrol Agents are Hispanic.
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