Saturday, February 13, 2010

Doing Something Right

If not temporarily. The Department of Veterans Affairs was for a short time reporting mentally incompetant and dangerous veterans who sought the services of the VA to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Of course gunrights groups are up in arms. They seem to think that someone who cannot take care of himself or is mentally ill can also responsibliy own a gun. Before anyone calls me a gungrabber, I am a supporter of gun rights, including opposing the illegal and unconstitutional prohibition on new fully automatic firearms and their excessive regulation and taxation. However I don't want some drooling submoron capping off rounds in my neighborhood.

Interestingly enough, no other federal agency reports similar violations of immigration laws to the Department of Homeland Security. Other federal agencies routinely interact with illegal aliens, but never report such criminals to the DHS and its investigative agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This failure to report illegals to DHS has an interesting correlation in DHS itself. The Shadow Wolves used to be part of the U.S. Customs Service and were members of the Tohono O’odham (non)Nation Indian tribe who tracked and captured drug smugglers for the U.S. Customs Service. After the creation of DHS they were transfered to the United States Border Patrol, but were transfered to Immigration and Customs Enforcement some years later. An incredibly stupid decision, since the Shadow Wolves duplicate the responsibilities and patrol responsibilities of the Border Patrol. Of course the relationship between the Border Patrol and ICE/Shadow Wolves is not good. When they were part of the the U.S. Customs Service when the Shadow Wolves caught illegal aliens, they just turned them over to the Border Patrol. Now, since they are part of ICE, the Shadow Wolves have to process any illegals they catch. Which is the fault of ICE, since ICE claims jurisdiction over illegal aliens caught within the U.S. away from the border. The Shadow Wolves are unhappy with having to act as ICE agents and process captured illegals, which keeps them out of the field. And spending hours interviewing, fingerprinting and such of illegals takes hours. Processing illegals is alot less fun as well than tracking drug smugglers. But it is sympomatic of an agency, ICE, that does not want to do its job, just like agencies like the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture that just don't want to report illegals, but just give them benefits like free health care, food stamps, and back pay.

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