Closing the Loophole

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, November 25, 2005

Closing the Loophole

November 25, 2005

Finally! The United States has decided to close a legal loophole which has allowed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to slip into the country.

The failed policy has been called “catch and release” and basically it has allowed possibly millions of illegals to slip into the country. Previously these people have been entitled – entitled – to a hearing before an immigration before they could be deported. And there was never enough room to hold all of these people until a hearing. Most never showed up at the hearings.

Under the new policy, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says every illegal will be returned to his or her country with no exceptions. This may take some time as new detention facilities must be built. But with the huge number of illegals coming here, something must be done. Border patrol estimates say illegals other than Mexicans have tripled in the last two years. Brazilians make up the second-biggest group after Hondurans. People from El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua follow in numbers.

Let’s hope this new policy is fully implemented and fast.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.