Note: Being part of the problem. The point needs to be made that
the hundreds of thousands of illegals (est. 400k in AZ) provide the
cover or "sea", as chairman mao once wrote, for the drug cartel
In a famous analogy, Mao saw the guerrillas as fish swimming in
the sea of the peasantry. The peasants sustained them, just as the
sea sustained the fish. Thus it was essential for the Red Army to
behave correctly in its relations with the peasantry, which came as a
pleasant surprise to peasants used to the behaviour of other
armies. (from Answers.com ) Some of the Mex cartels seem to have
taken his advice
Department of Justice Cuts, Reassigns 81 Immigration Prosecutors
Published October 02, 2011
| Associated Press
WICHITA, Kan. -- As the first and only federal prosecutor in Kansas
dedicated solely to handling criminal immigration cases, Barry Disney
took a pragmatic approach to filing charges in an interior state that
has become a mecca for immigrant labor drawn to its massive
meatpacking plants and other food processing industries.
Limited resources were spent on the worst criminals who had been
deported and then come back to the United States. Disney's first
trial in federal court dealt with two illegal immigrants found
speeding through Kansas with an assault rifle wedged in the back seat
of a truck and loaded pistols hidden in the vehicle's speaker
compartments. Agents had seized $16,000 in drug-tainted currency.
Disney's job as an assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas was created
under a supplemental appropriation passed last year in the Southwest
Border Security Bill, an initiative targeting criminal immigration
cases and Mexican drug cartels. With the end of the federal fiscal
year on Friday, the temporary funding for 81 immigration-dedicated
federal prosecutors like him has also ended, Justice Department
spokeswoman Jessica Smith said in Washington. Disney is one of 13
whose jobs were cut, while 68 others are being reassigned within the
"My frustration was that they added these positions in 2011 because
they were needed; the need did not go away," Disney said.
Sixty-eight of the prosecutors will return to their old jobs and will
still be able to work on Southwest Border Initiative cases, but not
exclusively as they have for the past year, the Justice Department
said. Justice officials have confirmed the reductions but have
refused to elaborate on them.
"It is not that the U.S. attorney's office is going to ignore those
crimes. It is just that they don't have someone whose sole
responsibility is to do that," Disney said. "Fewer people are going
to have to do more. They are dedicated to doing it. It's just going
to be harder for them to do it."
Justice Department data analyzed by the Transactional Records Access
Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that criminal immigration
cases filed in June accounted for 52 percent of new prosecutions in
the nation's federal courts.
"The Obama Administration has been pushing and pushing on
immigration, so that they choose to let these people go is kind of
curious," said David Burnham, co-director of the Transactional
Records Access Clearinghouse.
A TRAC analysis released earlier this year of criminal enforcement
comparing the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack
Obama found that immigration prosecutions in the districts along the
southwest border increased 77 percent between fiscal 2007 and 2010
under Obama. Elsewhere in the nation, criminal immigration
prosecutions during that same period were up 31 percent.
Burnham said that the loss of so few prosecutors is such a small
percentage of the total that it will likely have little impact on
Nationwide, the Justice Department said it has 5,000-plus assistant
U.S. attorneys. But that figure includes civil attorneys who handle
cases like foreclosures and forfeitures. Criminal prosecutors also
must handle all the other violations of federal laws, such as wire
fraud, gun and drug cases, health care fraud, along with other white-
For example, the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said it has 45
assistant U.S. attorney positions, but just 33 of them handle
criminal cases spread across the three federal district courts in the
state. Court records show that in the four months Disney held the
federal prosecutor's job, he filed more than 50 criminal immigration-
related cases. He left the U.S. attorney's office in in July to take
a job as assistant county prosecutor in Riley County after finding
out that the funding for his federal job was not being renewed.
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who
follows the federal justice system, said while the loss of 81
immigration-dedicated positions may not sound like much in the
overall scheme of things, it could be a serious problem in border
states and some interior states like Kansas, which are grappling with
a large illegal immigration problem.
"In those specific districts experiencing heavy caseloads, especially
on the border, I think in terms of judicial resources and DOJ
resources it could be significant, and I expect it would put pressure
on the remaining people in the office," Tobias said.
Disney said his expectation when he accepted the Justice Department
position was that the so-called term positions for specialized
immigration prosecutors would be renewed, just as they are renewed
each year for other prosecutors who are dedicated solely to handling
gun or drug cases. He noted the Justice Department spent $10,000 for
a four-month background investigation on him before he was hired. But
he acknowledged the Justice Department, which has been under a hiring
freeze since January, had a right not to renew the immigration
"The reason why Kansas was awarded this position was because there
was a need for it and the need is still there, but the position is
not," Disney said. "They will just have to make do."
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