Thursday, September 18, 2008

Congress and immigration, sort of

Just a strange story. The son of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Allen Boyd, D-FL) has been arrested for smuggling in immigrants.

According to a criminal complaint outlining the accusations, John Boyd was driving his pickup Sunday near Wilcox, Ariz., when it was stopped for inspection at a Border Patrol checkpoint.

"At the primary inspection area, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the possible presence of illegal aliens in the bed of the truck," states the complaint.

"The four individuals all admitted that they were not citizens or nationals of the United States and that they did not have permission to be in the United States legally," the complaint states.

They said they had agreed to pay $3,000 each to be smuggled into the United States.

So this is what we've come to. Congress fails to pass immigration reform, so its children become coyotes, stuffing people into their trucks at $3,000 a pop. I guess where some see failure, others see a business opportunity.


Anonymous,  11:30 AM  


From the Washington Times on Allen Boyd:

"He was one of only two Democrats in the 90-member Immigration Reform Caucus, which supports increased enforcement and penalties for illegal immigration". (


Greg Weeks 11:44 AM  

I can think of any number of comments about the irony. But what strikes me most is how sad this is. Sad that a guy is going into the human smuggling business, which our laws have made so lucrative. Sad that people feel the need to spend $3,000 to be smuggled. Even sadder that no one in Congress is willing to do anything about it.

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