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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Government Fines Border Patrol Agent’s Family

Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, reported yesterday:

After successfully winning a two-year prison sentence against U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr., the Justice Department is now trying to collect a $6,870 fine from his wife, saying it should be paid “immediately” — even though the judge signaled she would have a grace period.

In a notice sent last week the Justice Department said the fines were imposed by the court that found Agent Diaz guilty and sentenced him to prison for improperly restraining a 15-year-old suspected of drug smuggling.

“We strongly urge you to pay this debt immediate,” said the notice, which was received by Diana Diaz, who is also a Border Patrol agent.

But Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday asking that the fine be canceled or at the least be delayed until after his appeal. Mr. Hunter said the judge in the case told Mrs. Diaz that the process for fines wouldn’t begin until a month after he was released from federal prison. . . .

Members of Congress have challenged the Justice Department’s prosecution, saying it could make agents less effective. Mr. Hunter said it “sets a dangerous precedent and creates unnecessary confusion among law enforcement on the border.” . . . [Full Story]

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Anonymous Mike Landry said...

Is there any question that the illegal immigration question is not about building walls or deporting people or fining employers. It's all about the federal government's WILLPOWER. They WILL NOT enforce the law. And nonsense like this is how they telegraph to border patrol agents: "You know what to do. You know what not to do." Why no willpower? Cheap workers for corporations and farmers. Cheap votes for Democrats.

11/9/11, 7:52 PM  

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