Border Patrol lets some illegals go - over and over again
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Josefa Gonzalez Loya has sneaked across
the Mexican border at least 128 times in the past eight years. Each
time, the Border Patrol has been nice enough to give her a lift
She's part of a group of indigenous women and children from the
southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. They have no interest in staying
in the United States. All they want to do is panhandle outside El
Paso businesses, using the children as lures.
At the end of a productive day, they wait for the Border Patrol
to come pick them up and drive them back to the border.
Little dramas like this play out day after day, accounting for
thousands of arrests but hardly any prosecutions in the past
The Oaxacan immigrants fall under a loophole that gives border
agents discretion to keep some adults and children together and out
Despite a crackdown on illegal immigration along much of the
border, she and most of her tribal members have never been jailed.
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