Saturday, March 11, 2006

IEDs Captured at the Mexican Border

Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in Chicago on Friday, March 10, 2006 against HR 4437 – The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.

HR4437 makes coming to the US illegally a criminal offense, rather than a civil one, calls for a fence on the border, and calls for penalizing anyone who hires and/or helps someone to come or stay here illegally.

Now the Senate will write a bill.

I think that we need to have laws about who comes across our borders, and we need to screen people who are coming into the country so that we keep out criminals and terrorists.

The Republican leadership favors amnesty and guest worker programs, but rank-and-file Republicans reflect public opinion that is increasingly against immigration.

This year, the Imigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has captured improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and components at the Mexican border.

This is the ICE magazine:

Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers announced on February 3 that ICE agents and other officers assigned to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) in Laredo, Texas, had seized materials for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and large quantities of automatic and semiautomatic weapons, ammunition, narcotics and cash.
On January 27, BEST task force officers from ICE, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Laredo Police Department executed a search warrant at a location in Laredo. The search revealed two completed IEDs and materials for making approximately 33 more IEDs. Agents found 300 primers, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, five grenade shells, nine pipes with end caps, 26 grenade triggers (14 with fuses and primers attached), 31 grenade spoons, 40 grenade pins, 19 black powder casings, as well as 65 firearm magazines, a silencer and other firearms components.


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