FAIR Statement on Actions by Border Vigilantes: Border Security Must Be Left to Constitutionally Empowered Law Enforcement
(April 22, 2019, Washington, D.C.) —“The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) understands how frustrated Americans are with the chaos at the border, particularly citizens who live near it. That said, FAIR has always been and remains opposed to vigilante action along the border or in the interior of the country. Law enforcement is the responsibility of trained and constitutionally empowered law enforcement agencies like the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“No one should take the law into their own hands. Both the Border Patrol and ICE have stated publicly that they appreciate tips and information from the public, which can be a valuable force multiplier for reporting illegal entries or suspicious actions. However, taking action must be left in the hands of law enforcement professionals.
“FAIR continues to call for immediate congressional action to address our nation’s border crisis that will provide our immigration enforcement agencies with the ability to do their jobs effectively, and to protect the safety of our citizens and the security of the nation.”
Contact: Matthew Tragesser, 202-328-7004