Immigration's Happy Warrior

California's Harold Ezell stirs praise and draws fire

It was a busy, triumphant night for Harold Ezell. Outfitted in a blue blazer and striped tie, the Government's most ardent alien chaser jumped into a helicopter and rode along as it sent a piercing searchlight across the hills and arroyos south of San Diego. Then he scrambled into a pickup truck and peered through a nightscope to watch his agents tear through the chaparral in Dodge Ram Charger "war wagons" to overtake groups of Mexicans trying to sneak into the U.S. Later, he proudly counted the day's total arrests: 2,643 illegal immigrants. Nudging a companion, Ezell declared, "Isn't this fun!"


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