Iowa Congressman Tom Latham says he wants to see a better effort from immigration officials after several illegal immigrant trafficking operations were discovered on Iowa’s interstates last month. Latham is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and says immigration and customs officials should already be well equipped. Latham says “They will claim there is a lack of resources, which I find fascinating with all the dollars that we’ve put into that agency over the past few years.” With the consolidation of federal agencies, Latham says field agents who were once only responsible for immigration now have other duties. Latham says “The customs part of their job has taken a priority it appears, and we’re going to be looking very closely at that to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing, and that’s out enforcing the law as far as immigration is ocncerned.” Police in some interstate communities say they’ve had to release low-priority impounded illegals, because Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials won’t come get them.
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