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April 30, 2008 - Posted by Douglas Rivlin

The Associated Press reports that the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso sector thinks the key to curbing illegal immigration is to allow for legal immigration.

Chief Patrol Agent Victor Manjarrez Jr. said that without comprehensive immigration reform, border agents continue to split their attention between “economic migrants,” criminals and potential terrorists.

“Most of these people are economic migrants but we have to deal with them between the ports of entry because we have not, in terms of a legislative fix, determined what we do with these people,” Manjarrez said.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that the country has a need for economic migrants. To what degree, I don’t know. That’s for the country to decide and for the politicians to decide.”

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