Illegal Immigrants Arrested for Stealing Supplies from San Diego Refugee Center
October 26, 2007
Six undocumented Mexican immigrants were arrested today by U.S. Border Patrol agents at Qualcomm Stadium. Authorities say they were stealing food and water meant for wildfire evacuees.
San Diego police responded to a call about the alleged theft from the evacuation center and encountered six people in a van who didn't speak English and didn't have California driver's licenses. The officers called the Border Patrol, who arrived at the stadium and made the arrests. The immigrants reportedly admitted they were Mexican citizens and that they were stealing.
Border Patrol agents are not looking for illegal immigrants at the center but will continue responding to police calls for assistance.
"We are not in any means at Qualcomm for enforcement capacity," a spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. "We are not there to take advantage of a situation."
The spokesman said the agents have been helping in the evacuation and rescue effort in addition to carrying out their main duties.
"We are dedicated to our primary mission to securing our borders," he said.
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Collegecop_wa @ 10/27/2007 9:42 AM
OK I have a question for the ICE "spokesman"... your agents encountered six illegal immigrants responsible for the theft of items that they did not have a legal right to and you let them go because you did not want to give the impression they were being taken advantage of? Just how does that line of reasoning fall into your primary mission of "securing our borders'?
OK so the wildfires in the area are not making life any easier for anyone. But I am pretty sure the regular police and sheriff's departments are still answering their calls for service and still doing their jobs. I was not aware that a crisis like a wildfire or flood gave a free pass to the criminal element in our country to do whatever they pleased with no fear of arrest or prosecution.
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