Tancredo Goes After Head Of Border Patrol............

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Sun May 29 22:01:51 MDT 2005

Tancredo asks for border official's head
10 House members call for investigation of stand-down order

Posted: May 22, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

WASHINGTON – Eight members of the House of Representatives, led by 
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and chairman of the House Immigration 
Reform Committee, are calling for the resignation of a Border 
Patrol official in Arizona who is alleged to have told his agents 
to stand down following the Minuteman Project vigil in April so 
that an increase in apprehensions of illegal aliens would not give 
the citizen group bragging rights.

The focus of attention is Michael Nicely, agent-in-charge of the 
Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol. He is accused by a dozen of 
his agents of ordering them to be less than aggressive in arrests 
beginning in early May.

Eight members of the House signed a letter written by Tancredo to 
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff calling 

Nicely's resignation. A total of 10 members signed a separate 
letter by Tancredo calling for the House Judiciary Committee to 
initiate an investigation into the "stand down" orders.

"Any government official who seeks to thwart the law is derelict 
in his duty to the American people," said Tancredo. "Mr. Nicely 
must take responsibility for his actions and turn over his post to 
someone who is willing to enforce the law."

A dozen Border Patrol agents told the Washington Times they had 
been instructed to "stand down" from arresting illegal aliens near 
where Minutemen protestors had patrolled in April. The agents 
understood that an increase in arrests would prove the 
effectiveness of extra manpower on the border and would credit the 
Minutemen's approach. Several sources, including the president of 
the National Border Patrol Council, have confirmed the newspaper 

Tancredo called for a congressional investigation into the 

"In a post-9/11 world, it is critical that we send the message 
that we're serious about border security. A Congressional 
investigation will get to the bottom of these troubling and 
dangerous practices," he said.

"If Mr. Nicely was acting on orders from officials higher up in 
the border bureaucracy, more heads should roll. Congress needs to 
exercise more active oversight of our border security."


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