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Border Patrol, Minutemen Have Double Standard on Immigration (Dem Press Release)
Hannity.com ^ | Apr. 20, 2005 | Kyrsten Sinema

Posted on 04/21/2005 11:17:56 AM PDT by madfly

PHOENIX, AZ (April 20, 2005) - Apparently the U.S. Border Patrol believes that national TV and radio stars don't have to play by the same rules as others.

Mr. Sean Hannity, a well-paid commentator for Fox News, climbed over a barbed wire fence separating the United States from Mexico yesterday at about 3:15 p.m. A few minutes later he climbed back over the fence, breaking federal law by reentering the U.S. illegally.

Mr. Hannity's border violations were videotaped by ACLU Legal Observers. The Border Patrol was contacted, but they chose not to arrest or cite Mr. Hannity for his willful violation of federal law. Likewise, Minutemen in the vicinity of the incident did not take the opportunity to turn Mr. Hannity over to federal officials, as they have allegedly done with all other illegal immigrants apprehended on the border this month.

Federal law, specifically 19 U.S.C. Section 1459(a), requires all "individuals arriving in the United States other than by vessel, vehicle, or aircraft [to] enter the United States only at a border crossing point designated by the Secretary; and immediately report the arrivals and present themselves, and all articles accompanying them for inspection; to the customs officer at the customs facility designated for that crossing point."

According to 19 U.S.C. Section 1459(e), anyone who intentionally enters the United States at a place other than a designated border crossing can be imprisoned for up to one year and fined up to $5,000. Mr. Hannity faces neither of these penalties. Individuals apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol do.

This is the very same crime that Minutemen have traveled across the country to Arizona to stop. While some may argue that Mr. Hannity's actions were not significant, he committed the same crime that all individuals who enter the country illegally commit. In fact, ACLU observers were warned that they would be arrested if they accidentally or deliberately crossed the border and tried to reenter the U.S.

Why is U.S. Border Patrol demonstrating such an obvious double standard? If the Minutemen came to Arizona to watch the border for signs of illegal immigration, why did they fail to report Mr. Hannity?

There is only possible conclusion. The Minutemen and the Border Patrol have one set of rules for television celebrities, and another for hard-working people who cross the border in search of work.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; border; democrats; federallaw; hannity; illegalaliens; minutemen; stupidity
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1 posted on 04/21/2005 11:17:57 AM PDT by madfly
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To: madfly

Hannity is an ass. He didn't get reported because he probably hopped the wrong fence.


2 posted on 04/21/2005 11:19:45 AM PDT by PeterFinn (The Holocaust was perfectly legal.)
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3 posted on 04/21/2005 11:20:05 AM PDT by madfly
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To: madfly

We must be in better shape than I thought if this is what the Dems are reduced to.


4 posted on 04/21/2005 11:20:54 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: madfly
It was later reported that US property actually extended several feet beyond the fence on the Mexican side. Oops. Turns out Hannity, even though crossing the fence, was still on US soil.
5 posted on 04/21/2005 11:21:37 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (To hell with Mexico, its policies, and its leaders)
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To: madfly
Sean Hannity is a self-promoting idiot. Typical for him.

"Look at meeeee!!!!!"

6 posted on 04/21/2005 11:22:10 AM PDT by upchuck ("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: madfly

Hannity did not break any law. The fence separating the U.S. and Mexico has a 3 foot easement from the actual border. Hannity did pass through the fence, but never left the U.S.. Therefore, he broke no immigration laws.


7 posted on 04/21/2005 11:23:01 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: PeterFinn

The border extends another three feet beyond the fence - he was still in US territory.


8 posted on 04/21/2005 11:23:14 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (This tagline is Bush's fault.)
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To: madfly

This is total B.S. 60 minutes had a whole segment on illegals last night. The reporter did the same exact thing. He was on a ranch, stepped over a fence, said now I'm in Mexico, stepped over the fence again said now I'm in the U.S.


9 posted on 04/21/2005 11:23:14 AM PDT by hipaatwo (When you're in trouble you want all your friends around you...preferably armed!)
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To: madfly

I may be wrong, but I believe the fence is three feet inside U.S. territory. Therefore, simply hopping the fence and hopping back across would not consitute a border entry because Hannity never left U.S. territory.


10 posted on 04/21/2005 11:23:25 AM PDT by Zap Brannigan
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To: madfly
I saw Hannity do this on his show. There's a three foot area on the other side of the fence that's U.S. territory. He stayed within the three foot margin. He never touched Mexican soil. He even checked to make sure right on the air.

Stupid Democrats. If they had brains, they'd be as intelligent as barn flies.

11 posted on 04/21/2005 11:23:25 AM PDT by concerned about politics (Vote Republican - Vote morally correct!)
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To: madfly

Is this all the pot smoking ACLU can come up with? They ignore 100,000 illegals crossing the border and take a picture of Sean stepping through a hole in the fence? Double standard indeed.


12 posted on 04/21/2005 11:23:51 AM PDT by caisson71
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To: madfly

Hard working people looking for jobs. Ha illegal immigrants eating at the blue collar forces of the United States. More power to Hannity, at least he works for a living unlike the ACLU which seeks to cause problems


13 posted on 04/21/2005 11:24:31 AM PDT by JinksBreaker224 (America for Americans)
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To: PeterFinn

DP


14 posted on 04/21/2005 11:24:46 AM PDT by madfly
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To: madfly
Mr. Hannity's border violations were videotaped by ACLU Legal Observers. The Border Patrol was contacted

How many illegal immigrants did the ACLU contact the border patrol concerning?

This is serious ROTFL material. In the same article the ACLU cries foul about selective enforcement, they document the case of the one, singular guy they would ever consider calling BP on.

Why don't they go hound John Kerry for the gun regulations he was photographed violating?

15 posted on 04/21/2005 11:25:26 AM PDT by explodingspleen (http://mish-mash.info/)
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To: PeterFinn
Actually, the border patrol has backed up Hannity on this and said there is a buffer on the other side of the fence as the fence is on US Territory.

And the idiot who wrote this press release called into Hannity yesterday and when asked if it was against federal law to cross the fence, stay in the buffer zone, and then come back across the fence she wouldn't answer (because she knows its not illegal). Hannity destroyed her when she called in yesterday.

16 posted on 04/21/2005 11:26:32 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: madfly

I love what Hannity and Rush are doing. Unfortunately, they should have been doing it five years ago. I have been screaming about illegals for that long, and have been treated like dirt because of it.


17 posted on 04/21/2005 11:28:11 AM PDT by swampfox98 (Michael Reagan: "It's time to stop the flood.")
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To: PeterFinn
Hannity is an ass

Hannity has done much to promote the cause of the MMP and keep attention focused on the issue.

18 posted on 04/21/2005 11:28:26 AM PDT by Flyer ( ~ Get STOMPED ~ askGONPO.com ~)
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To: PeterFinn
Hannity is an ass. He didn't get reported because he probably hopped the wrong fence.

He is not. He is bringing attention to this issue. What is wrong with that?

19 posted on 04/21/2005 11:28:35 AM PDT by BJungNan (Rumsfeld - "We don't have an exit strategy, we have a victory strategy")
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To: madfly

Yer link is broken.

Here's a good one:

http://www.hannity.com/index/news-app/story.65


20 posted on 04/21/2005 11:28:37 AM PDT by absalom01
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To: BJungNan

I agree that Hannity is doing well by bringing attention to the issue. I also agree that Hannity is an ass.


21 posted on 04/21/2005 11:29:18 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: caisson71
They ignore 100,000 illegals crossing the border and take a picture of Sean stepping through a hole in the fence? Double standard indeed.

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Bingo!

22 posted on 04/21/2005 11:30:05 AM PDT by trisham ("Live Free or Die," General John Stark, July 31, 1809)
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To: madfly

Don't the Democrats realize how stupid they sound? Wait, I just answered my own question.


23 posted on 04/21/2005 11:30:38 AM PDT by American Quilter
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To: Phantom Lord
I agree that Hannity is doing well by bringing attention to the issue. I also agree that Hannity is an ass.

At least you are fair and balanced!

24 posted on 04/21/2005 11:31:01 AM PDT by BJungNan (Rumsfeld - "We don't have an exit strategy, we have a victory strategy")
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To: PeterFinn
"Hannity is an ass."

Couldn't agree more. The Minutemen and the Border Patrol should've joined forces and Rodney Kinged his self promoting ass and left him as tender as a Ruth Chris steak on the Mexican side of the border.

25 posted on 04/21/2005 11:31:11 AM PDT by blaquebyrd
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To: concerned about politics

Not only stupid dems but there are a few stupid freepers. Check above replys.


26 posted on 04/21/2005 11:31:28 AM PDT by cksharks (ew prayers for them because they will need it.)
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To: concerned about politics
Right. The ACLU filmed the same thing that FOX filmed. The press release had only 2 minutes of video for the Dems to base their "official" report on Hannities crimes.

I did some digging to find this Press Release on an Arizona State or Dem site to no avail. It didn't come up in google search either. So I posted the URL from Hannity.com.

27 posted on 04/21/2005 11:32:45 AM PDT by madfly
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To: concerned about politics
He never touched Mexican soil. He even checked to make sure right on the air.

So, the Arizona Democratic Caucus, uh, lied? As in they knew that he had not done what they accused him of doing, and went ahead and sent out this press release anyway?

The author provided her contact information in the press release:

April 20, 2005
NEWS RELEASE
DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS * ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kyrsten Sinema
(602) 926-5058

28 posted on 04/21/2005 11:33:12 AM PDT by absalom01
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To: madfly

Kyrsten Sinema

A human being bereft of a cogent idea alert!!!

29 posted on 04/21/2005 11:33:17 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: BJungNan; All

Check this out:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/04/18/60II/main688900.shtml


I never watch the show, I happened to be flipping channels, but if Hannity is guilty so is Bob Simon.


30 posted on 04/21/2005 11:33:30 AM PDT by hipaatwo (When you're in trouble you want all your friends around you...preferably armed!)
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To: blaquebyrd
The Minutemen and the Border Patrol should've joined forces and Rodney Kinged his self promoting ass and left him as tender as a Ruth Chris steak on the Mexican side of the border.

What purpose whould that have served?

31 posted on 04/21/2005 11:33:41 AM PDT by Flyer (W32.Mytagline.BE@mm)
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To: PeterFinn

The fence he "hopped" was 3 feet inside the US Border. He didn't get arrested because he never entered Mexico.


32 posted on 04/21/2005 11:34:46 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (3-7-77 (No that's not a Date))
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To: madfly

Typical of the Dems to know the law when it suits them to make a point.


33 posted on 04/21/2005 11:34:48 AM PDT by TheLion
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To: PeterFinn
The fence is three feet inside the American side of the border, I'm given to understand. His foot never touched Mexican territory...
34 posted on 04/21/2005 11:35:17 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops.)
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To: madfly
The Minutemen and the Border Patrol have one set of rules for television celebrities, and another for hard-working people who cross the border in search of work...

I'll say it again...Anybody who has ever read a newspaper around here knows they are NOT all coming here to be hardworking.

35 posted on 04/21/2005 11:35:22 AM PDT by Lekker 1 ("There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be attainable"- Albert Einstein)
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To: cksharks

Not only stupid dems but there are a few stupid freepers. Check above replys.

Yep, stupid is as stupid does.


36 posted on 04/21/2005 11:35:44 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (3-7-77 (No that's not a Date))
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To: PeterFinn
Hannity is an ass. He didn't get reported because he probably hopped the wrong fence.

Sean explained this on his show yesterday. The fence he hopped was 3 feet inside the US. He crossed no borders. He had the author of this piece call in and she was a moron.

37 posted on 04/21/2005 11:36:00 AM PDT by jmc813 (All I cared about was booze, stock cars and women.)
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To: upchuck

hannity is an idiot but just imagine we could have had a whole year break from his show. Rush could have taken a six hour spot


38 posted on 04/21/2005 11:36:02 AM PDT by antihannityguy (When they come for your guns give them the ammo first)
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To: absalom01

I left a message telling her about CBS report last night. If they don't believe me go to the CBS website and check it out themselves. If Hannity is guilty then Bob Simon is guilty.


39 posted on 04/21/2005 11:37:09 AM PDT by hipaatwo (When you're in trouble you want all your friends around you...preferably armed!)
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To: absalom01

One would think the AZ House Dem Caucus would know the difference between a fence and a border.


40 posted on 04/21/2005 11:37:21 AM PDT by harrowup (Just naturally perfect and humble of course)
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To: Flyer
What purpose whould that have served?

It would stop him from promoting his books at least until the swelling went down.

41 posted on 04/21/2005 11:37:52 AM PDT by blaquebyrd
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To: jmc813

Kyrsten Sinema

Democrat
District 15

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 324
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5058
Fax Number: (602) 417-3015

 

42 posted on 04/21/2005 11:37:52 AM PDT by madfly
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To: madfly
"Why is U.S. Border Patrol demonstrating such an obvious double standard? If the Minutemen came to Arizona to watch the border for signs of illegal immigration, why did they fail to report Mr. Hannity?

Because Mr. Hannity is one of the good guys you left-wing lunatic democrats and your ACLU toadies!

Minutemen ~ Bump!

43 posted on 04/21/2005 11:38:10 AM PDT by blackie
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To: BJungNan

I don't find him an ass for this border stuff, just in general.


44 posted on 04/21/2005 11:38:32 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: raybbr
A human being bereft of a cogent idea alert!!!

I'd do her, though.

45 posted on 04/21/2005 11:38:38 AM PDT by jmc813 (All I cared about was booze, stock cars and women.)
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To: blaquebyrd
The Minutemen and the Border Patrol should've joined forces and Rodney Kinged his self promoting ass .. On what basis?
46 posted on 04/21/2005 11:39:42 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops.)
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To: absalom01
So, the Arizona Democratic Caucus, uh, lied? As in they knew that he had not done what they accused him of doing, and went ahead and sent out this press release anyway?

Yeah! He asked while doing it. He said stuff like "I'm legal here, right? I'm not violating any laws if I'm within the lines, correct? I have how many feet? Three feet?"
(They may not be his actual quotes word for word, but you get the drift)

47 posted on 04/21/2005 11:40:06 AM PDT by concerned about politics (Vote Republican - Vote morally correct!)
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To: blaquebyrd
It would stop him from promoting his books at least until the swelling went down.

You may not like the man, but advocating beating the crap out of him is uncalled for.

48 posted on 04/21/2005 11:41:54 AM PDT by Flyer (W32.Mytagline.BE@mm)
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To: blaquebyrd; PeterFinn
Say what you will about Hannity...he knew exactly what he was doing and stayed on American soil even though he crossed the fence. The ACLU activists and the Dems are "goring" themselves over this issue and making themselves look like the asses...taking issue with Hannity while hundreds of thousands of true illegals cross.

Whether you like it or not, whether you like him or not...or any of the rest of us for that matter...Hannity is giving significant prime time coverage to the Minutemen and this issue...and that is good. Why would those same minutemen kick someone who is doing them such a great favor? Answer: They will not. The issue needs the coverage and they are getting it from a sympathetic, large audience source. They know that is good and will not take foolish action to ruin it and thereby turn into their own worst enemy.

49 posted on 04/21/2005 11:42:09 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: concerned about politics

I saw the TV spot also. That's the substance of what he asked and said...


50 posted on 04/21/2005 11:42:37 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops.)
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