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Saturday, July 10, 2004

John Kobalt's Interview with Asa Hutchinson

If everyone in California and the nation didn't hear John's interview yesterday with Asa Hutchinson of the Homeland Security Dept, I'm highly suggesting that you take a few minutes and listen to it. It is so frustrating that politicians can't answer simple questions that are put to them. Here is the link for the audio. The southern border is such a mess, but what also is a mess is the fact that two million illegal immigrants are in California at this time and finally when the Border Partol inland enforcement made headlines by grabbing over 400 hundred illegals in the Riverside/Inland empire, they are ordered to stop because the immigrant activists protested louder than us ordinary citizens. Here is a summary of the interview

A month ago, immigration activist groups like La Raza (The Race. How's that for a nice inoffensive name?) were howling in uproar because the 12 Border Patrol officers of the Temecula office were conducting sweeps in Temecula, Escondido, and Corona, all of which are cities located in Riverside and northern San Diego counties.
Complaints about these sweeps aroused the ire of not only the activists, but the Mexican government, whose LA consulate expressed its displeasure in no uncertain terms. Members of Congress also got involved, berating Homeland Security for the sweeps as well.

About a week after the complaints, spokesmen for the Border Patrol said that Asa Hutchinson the undersecretary responsible for the BP, ordered them to stop the sweeps. So, John got an interview with Hutchinson, which aired live this afternoon in the 4:00 hour.

John, who is not a tactful guy, bluntly asked Hutchinson why he ordered the patrols stopped. Hutchinson began droning on about the need for coordination, and about how many illegals (16,000 per week, according to Hutchinson) were being stopped from coming into the country in Arizona.

John cut him off and began demanding to know how many illegals were being rounded up in California. Hutchinson didn't know. John then began grilling him about how many employers had been indicted in Southern California for hiring illegals. Hutchinson said he didn't know. (John did. The answer: 0) John asked if interior enforcement sweeps would begin again. Hutchinson said he couldn't give away specifics about planned operations, for, you know security reasons.

John then pointed out that, if we were unable to stop economic refugees from pouring across the border, how could we possibly stop al-Qaida? Hutchinson said that, yep, that was a pretty important question. You betcha. John asked how Hutchinson planned to react when, after the next 911, we learn that the terrorists came through the Mexican border in California. Hutchinson said that it was really important to stop them.

At the end of the interview, John kept demanding a yes or no answer to the following question: "Can I tell my listeners that Asa Hutchinson assured me that the interior sweeps by the border patrol would begin again?" Hutchinson refused to answer.


  • At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Heard the interview when it aired. I was not surprised by a lack of knowledge and deliberate "nothing speak". The more painfully obvious a solution is in government, the more there must be someone getting a political office consideration or a big payoff, we just don't know which yet.


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