Exclusive To RWN: A Letter From 4 Congressmen To U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Ms. Deborah J. Spero, Acting Commissioner
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Department of Homeland Security
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20229

Dear Ms. Spero,

According to recent reports, the United States Border Patrol has provided the Mexican government with surveillance information about the location of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. If true, these allegations are troubling as its only result could be to aid illegal immigration and put at risk law-abiding American citizens.

The Minuteman Project has peacefully contributed to the mutual goal of controlling our borders to prevent illegal immigration and criminal activity.

What troubles us is that the Mexican government itself has very strict laws against illegal immigration. In fact, Article 16 of the Mexican Constitution gives Mexican citizens the right to make citizen’s arrests stating, “In cases of flagrante delicto, any person may arrest the offender and his accomplices, turning them over without delay to the nearest authorities.” In other words, Mexico grants its citizens the right to arrest illegal aliens and hand them over to police for prosecution.

We are familiar with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s statement (05/09/2006) responding to this allegation. However, it is our opinion that this press release falls short of clarifying this situation fully which could put American lives at risk.

In order to better understand the U.S. Border Patrol’s role in this issue, we respectfully ask that your agency fully investigate the allegation and report your findings back to us.

Thank you for your immediate consideration to this important matter.

Sincerely,

Jack Kingston
Member of Congress

John Doolittle
Member of Congress

Marsha Blackburn
Member of Congress

Ric Keller
Member of Congress

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