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WASHINGTON — A Republican senator said Wednesday the government should consider deputizing private citizens, like the Minuteman Patrol in Arizona, to help secure U.S. borders.
Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., said the U.S. Border Patrol also should look to local law enforcement and state officials for help along the most porous parts of the U.S.-Mexico line.
“I wonder sometimes if maybe we’re not looking too much to a federal solution,” Allard told Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.
“I happen to believe that those people down along the border that formed the Minutemen organization have some real concerns,” Allard said.
(Posted on April 21, 2005)