Thursday, August 03, 2006

Ney Visits U.S.-Mexican Border

This just in from the Ney campaign:
Ney Observes First Hand How Border Patrol Agents Are Securing Our Borders


With the issue of illegal immigration becoming an increasing problem for our nation and Ohio, Congressman Bob Ney visited the U.S.-Mexican border personally this week to talk with border patrol officials and observe first hand our border security. This visit also comes following recent events in the 18th Congressional District where illegal aliens have been caught and detained by local law enforcement officials only to then be let go per federal officials' orders.

On Tuesday, Congressman Ney toured the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Station in Yuma, Arizona, where he spent the entire day reviewing operations by border patrol agents, the National Guard and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials regarding their investigations and detention and removal operations. In the afternoon the Congressman then traveled to the San Luis Port of Entry for a tour of the area to observe the processing procedures there.

Congressman Ney also observed the massive infrastructure in place to help detect and detain illegal aliens trying to cross our borders including large amounts of high tech equipment, cameras, motion sensors, etc, that agents use to detect illegal aliens crossing the border.


(ALONG THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER NEAR YUMA, ARIZ.) - 01AUG06 - U.S. Rep. Robert Ney, R-Ohio, talks with a member of the Tennessee National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona. The Guardsmen are part of Operation Jump Start, a mission in which the National Guard is working with the Border Patrol to enhance security along the border. Elements of various Guard units from around the nation are working as EITs - Entry Identification Teams - providing an extra set of eyes and ears along the border. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dan Heaton.)


"The job of patrolling and securing our borders is not an easy one," Congressman Ney said. "The border patrol agents and National Guard that are on our borders and enforcing our laws are doing everything they can to enforce our immigration laws in a very dangerous environment. I'm convinced after going to the border that border patrol and security are a good investment and we must give them more resources, more tools and more funding to their job even better."

"However, addressing the issue of illegal aliens already in this country continues to be a problem as was seen in two incidents when local law enforcement officials in Belmont County and Chillicothe were forced to let illegal immigrants go after federal law enforcement officials instructed them to do so. When talking to ICE officials in Yuma I directly addressed these incidents and my disappointment in the federal government's decision to let the illegal aliens go."

This week's visit is one of many measures Congressman Ney has taken to understand and fix our country's illegal immigration problem. The Congressman adamantly opposes the President's guest worker program and does not support any amnesty for illegal aliens. In addition, he has a strong history of supporting legislation to secure our borders and provide adequate funding to border patrol officials to enforce our laws. For instance, Congressman Ney:

· Voted for H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, which is a sweeping immigration reform bill that focuses on enforcing current immigration laws and expanding them to crack down on those that are here illegally.

· Voted for the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill in June 2006 that provides $19.6 billion for border protection, immigration enforcement and related activities. This is an increase of $1.6 billion from fiscal year 2006 funding.

· In May 2005 he voted with his colleagues in the U.S. House to provide additional funding for 500 more border patrol agents.

· Introduced H.R. 4172, the Keep Americans Safe Act, which in addition to using state and local law enforcement to help monitor our borders, also requires the Department of Homeland Security to submit any information on an illegal alien to the National Crime Information Center and requires any illegal alien convicted of a felony to serve at least five years in jail and then be deported.
UPDATE: Alliance member Lincoln Logs has more...

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