Break Up the INS

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Break up the INS.  That is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo .

Just the facts.  On December 19, 2001, one of the accused snipers, John Lee Malvo, was taken into custody by the Border Patrol in Washington State.  Malvo and his mother, Uma James, admitted to federal agents that they were in the USA illegally, having been brought from the Caribbean by ship to Florida.

The Border Patrol handed the pair over to the INS, advising that agency to deport them because they had no roots in America and because they had violated section 235 of the Illegal Immigration Reform Act.  That section reads, "that stowaways are to be removed from the USA without a hearing."

The INS, however, disregarded the Border Patrol and released Malvo and his mother after she posted $1,500 bail.  A judge made that decision.

We asked the INS to explain, and here's the statement provided by press officer Russ Bergeron.  "If Bill O'Reilly doesn't like the way that Malvo was allowed to stay in the country undetained while he waited for his hearing, then he could work to change the law.

While everyone says the INS did its job and got Malvo's fingerprints and generally broke the case wide open, O'Reilly remains a voice a wilderness, shooting his mouth off with only half the facts, and the half he has are wrong.  You have a snowball's chance in hell of getting INS Commissioner James Ziglar on your program."

In fact, Mr. Ziglar hasn't explained to -- the situation to any television newscast and is currently hiding under his desk.  And the fact is millions believe the INS once again screwed up royally, including the Border Patrol in Washington State.  We'll talk with one of its leaders in just a few moments.

The truth is also that the INS is currently incapable of protecting Americans.  Mr. Ziglar is a former managing director for PaineWebber.  He was chief protocol officer for the Senate and hails from the same Mississippi town as Senator Trent Lott.  He is a political appointee by President Bush.  Mr. Ziglar's record shows he has no clue about stemming illegal immigration as demonstrated by the continuing mistakes by the INS in almost every capacity.

Under President Clinton, INS chief Doris Meisner was also a disaster, and her impotence contributed to 9/11.  Now Mr. Ziglar's incompetence has contributed to the sniper carnage.

Now, I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, but lives are at stake here. It is the duty of presidents to appoint effective law enforcement people to protect us.  And that is not happening.  The INS and many other federal agencies are being run by political partisans with little or no experience in their areas.

In the end, the effectiveness of the INS comes down to President Bush.  He must order a reorganization of that agency.  He must step up the protection of our borders.  So far, the president has failed to do that.  And Americans are dying while people like John Lee Malvo are running wild.  Estimates are there could be as many as 8 million illegal aliens currently in the USA.

Situation's totally out of control, and every clear-thinking American knows it.  How many more Americans have to die before our elected officials do something?

And that's The Memo .

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."

It's Halloween week in the USA.  And guess who the leading lady in costume requests is?  Of course, you know because we put that thing up there.  We probably shouldn't have put it [the picture on the screen of Ms. Stewart] up there that quickly.  Anyway, Martha Stewart in pinstripes -- prison stripes, that is, is the big costume this year.

Ridiculous?  Maybe.  Scary?  Only to Ms. Stewart.

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