Monday, April 25, 2005

Silly democrats: "Border Patrol, Minutemen Have Double Standard on Immigration!"

Last week, Sean Hannity visited the Minutemen on the Arizona border. Deciding to play around a bit, Sean hopped over the border fence and then back in again. Of course, this must’ve violated all kinds of border regulations - so shouldn’t someone have reported him to the Border Patrol, had him arrested, fined, and incarcerated?

Arizona’s Congresswoman Krysten Sinema thought so! Read her press release here:

Contact: Kyrsten Sinema
(602) 926-5058

Border Patrol, Minutemen Have Double Standard on Immigration

PHOENIX, AZ (April 20, 2005) - Apparently the U.S. Border Patrol believes that national TV and radio stars don’t have to play by the same rules as others.

Mr. Sean Hannity, a well-paid commentator for Fox News, climbed over a barbed wire fence separating the United States from Mexico yesterday at about 3:15 p.m. A few minutes later he climbed back over the fence, breaking federal law by reentering the U.S. illegally.

Mr. Hannity’s border violations were videotaped by ACLU Legal Observers. The Border Patrol was contacted, but they chose not to arrest or cite Mr. Hannity for his willful violation of federal law. Likewise, Minutemen in the vicinity of the incident did not take the opportunity to turn Mr. Hannity over to federal officials, as they have allegedly done with all other illegal immigrants apprehended on the border this month.

Federal law, specifically 19 U.S.C. Section 1459(a), requires all “individuals arriving in the United States other than by vessel, vehicle, or aircraft [to] enter the United States only at a border crossing point designated by the Secretary; and immediately report the arrivals and present themselves, and all articles accompanying them for inspection; to the customs officer at the customs facility designated for that crossing point.”

According to 19 U.S.C. Section 1459(e), anyone who intentionally enters the United States at a place other than a designated border crossing can be imprisoned for up to one year and fined up to $5,000. Mr. Hannity faces neither of these penalties. Individuals apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol do.

This is the very same crime that Minutemen have traveled across the country to Arizona to stop. While some may argue that Mr. Hannity’s actions were not significant, he committed the same crime that all individuals who enter the country illegally commit. In fact, ACLU observers were warned that they would be arrested if they accidentally or deliberately crossed the border and tried to reenter the U.S.

Why is U.S. Border Patrol demonstrating such an obvious double standard? If the Minutemen came to Arizona to watch the border for signs of illegal immigration, why did they fail to report Mr. Hannity? There is only possible conclusion. The Minutemen and the Border Patrol have one set of rules for television celebrities, and another for hard-working people who cross the border in search of work.

After Congresswoman Sinema issued this hysterical press release, Hannity interviewed her. As Hannity pointed out: U.S. territory extends for three feet beyond the fence he stepped over and he was careful to stay on the U.S. side. Oh my…now didn’t she feel silly?! She really shouldn’t take herself so seriously - because no one else does!

Congresswoman Sinema - Notes to Self:

1) sucking up to the ACLU by issuing silly press releases always makes one look like an ass.
2) issuing press releases about border law when one doesn’t actually KNOW the border law makes one look like an ass.
3) publicly admitting that border jumping is a crime might make one accountable for abetting known criminals - and as a legislator that would make one look like an ass.
4) being too dumb to recognize when a much smarter political player is deliberately setting silly liberals up for embarrassment usually makes one look like an ass.
5) being a silly liberal makes one look like - well…an ass.