For Illegals, No More Mr. Nice Border Patrol
'Consequence delivery system' won't just turn border crossers around
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2012 7:27 AM CST
A Border Patrol agent works in front of a color-coded chart at a detention center Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Imperial Beach, Calif.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – Up until recently, if you were caught crossing the border illegally into Douglas, Ariz., Border Patrol would give you a sandwich and some orange juice—and drive you right back to Mexico. Not anymore. The US Border Patrol is changing its policy, instituting a new "Consequence Delivery System" that will dictate the handling of illegal immigrants, and almost none will be turned politely around and sent on their way, the AP reports.

The system breaks border crossers into categories ranging from children or the medically ill, who likely will still get a free pass, to people with criminal records, who could face felony prosecution. Others might be handed over to Mexican authorities for prosecution, or simply sent to distant Mexican cities, far from the smugglers who helped them cross the border the first time. The new consequences are more expensive, but make it harder for migrants to turn around and try again; under the old rules, one Douglas agent says he once caught the same crosser 10 times in an eight-hour shift.

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ppacimr9ball
Jan 18, 2012 10:55 AM CST
they dont care about people crossing the border - these laws were made to slow or stop drugs, its the same as cigarette manufacturers putting fire retardants in cigarettes - people think it was to stop fires but it wasnt - the reason they changed cigarettes was to stop people from using them for a time delay fuse
miamisun
Jan 17, 2012 5:56 PM CST
Ifmwe had stopped them 25 years ago we would be in a much better situation now,
DaveFrancis
Jan 17, 2012 4:06 PM CST
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is unfunded mandates forced on taxpayers by the courts, to subsidize illegal aliens with 113 billions of dollars annually and rising--even though they violated US Sovereignty. The Illegal invaders have voted and will again to undermine our elections. Read more at NumbersUSA and Judicial Watch