Coalition to boost border security
El Paso Times
September 17, 2005
The Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition on Friday unveiled a new initiative aimed at enhancing security along the Texas-Mexico border.
The "Operation Linebacker" initiative calls for adding deputies and equipment to sheriffs' offices in 16 Texas counties near the border with Mexico. Beefing up those sheriffs' departments would provide the border region with a second line of security. The first line is provided by the U.S. Border Patrol.
"We are not trying to be Border Patrol agents. However, we want to help Border Patrol because we are very interested in the safety and security of our nation," said Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. of Zapata County, who heads the coalition. Zapata County is in South Texas.
Discussions about the initiative were part of a two-day meeting the coalition in El Paso.
Chief Deputy Jimmy Apodaca of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said the initiative is not intended to duplicate Border Patrol services.
"We are not trying to take over the Border Patrol functions. Our main concern is protection of the border. How can we protect our people better?" Apodaca asked.
Rick Glancey, spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, said increasing the manpower along the border through this initiative, which calls for the creation of a special task force, can help prevent crime and give deputies more resources for investigations. Glancey declined to give details as to how the task force would operate but did say it would focus on border security.
Glancey said the initiative is modeled after a temporary operation used by the El Paso County Sheriff's office, which reduced crime in the county by about 40 percent.
Sheriff Leo Samaniego said the coalition is asking the federal government to fund the multimillion-dollar initiative. At least $30 million is needed during the first year, officials said.
Officials let illegal aliens go after stop
The Enid News and Eagle
September 17, 2005
Garfield County Sher-iff's Department deputies assisted Lahoma police Friday night after they stopped a vehicle with 20 illegal aliens in it.
Undersheriff Jerry Niles said Immigration and Naturalization Servi-ces was contacted in Okl-ahoma City, but because of a lack of manpower could not come to Laho-ma to pick up the detain-ees.
Officials were forced to release the 20 people, Niles said.
Lahoma police had stopped the vehicle shortly before 8 p.m. about a quarter mile east of Lahoma.
As long as El Jeffe is handing out HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS to New Orleans...
I say why not suckle up to the Federal teet???
There's fat and pork in every big spending program, and I'll bet that just the fat and pork alone in the NO reconstruction program would fund the Border Patrol to a level that could keep our borders secure for years to come. But let's get our nation's priorities straight, shall we? On to the French Quarter!
The feds don't even pretend to do their jobs...............
We're gonna carpet bomb the border?