The Obama Administration has anounced a suspension of ICE (Immigration & Custom Enforcement Administration) enforcement activites.
Those activites, like the “raid” described below, act as a major deterrent to illegal immigration.
Earlier this week, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, called for an end to the activities while speaking to a group of illegals in California.
Speaker Pelosi called the illegals “patriotic” while she described the ICE Teams as “Unamerican”. The very individals who risk their lifes to enforce our immigration laws are “Unamerican” because they enforce the Laws enacted by Congress.
What is she talking about:
|1.||a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.|
The following article describes a recent ICE “raid”:
ICE Raids Swift Plant; 800 Are Suspected Illegal Workers
GREELEY, Colo. — Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents raided six Swift & Co. plants Tuesday morning with civil search warrants, arresting hundreds of illegal immigrants working at the plants, including the plant in Greeley, federal officials confirmed.
At least 800 workers at the Greeley plant are identified as illegal immigrants; 300 of them will be deported within the week, some as soon as Tuesday evening, said Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck.
Not all of those suspected to be illegal immigrants will be deported because federal authorities just don’t have resources to go after them all at one time, Buck said.
“At this point, a civil search warrant allows us to search the premises to find any illegal aliens. The strong point here is that a lot of U.S. citizens and U.S. residents have been victimized … by a large-scale identify theft scheme,” said Barbara Gonzalez, an ICE public affairs officer.
Gonzalez said that other plants in the raid included beef plants in Grand Island, Neb., Cactus, Texas and Hyrum, Utah, and pork plants in Marshalltown, Iowa and Worthington, Minn. Operations at all six plants have been temporarily suspended.
ICE said the workers were being arrested on administrative immigration violations and in some cases, existing criminal arrest warrants stemming from a nearly yearlong investigation dubbed Operation Wagon Train.
ICE chief Julie L. Myers told reporters in Washington that agents had uncovered a scheme in which illegal immigrants and others had stolen or bought the identities and Social Security numbers of hundreds of U.S. citizens and lawful residents to get jobs with Greeley-based meat processor, Swift & Co.
”Swift has never condoned the employment of unauthorized workers, nor have we ever knowingly hired such individuals,” Swift & Co. President and CEO Sam Rovit said in a written statement.
Reaction From Other Parts Of The Country
”I congratulate all law enforcement agencies involved in the successful raid,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo, an outspoken advocate of stricter immigration laws. “My hope at this point is that the U.S. government has the courage to prosecute the Swift & Company executives who may have been complicit in their hiring.”
”When something of this scale happens, it’s pretty likely that the plant managers were aware of it, often with the consent of management,” Tancredo said.
“ICE’s action at multiple Swift plants today is a clarion call for the nation to complete its work on comprehensive immigration reform. We need to have laws in place to take us from today’s chaos and lawlessness to law and order. That law and order system must include: increased border security, strict enforcement of immigration laws including a sound employer verification system, and a realistic method of dealing with the human and economic reality of millions of undocumented workers in America,” said Sen. Ken Salazar.
“I am grateful that ICE agents are appropriately targeting illegal aliens whose prior record of criminal behavior may present a risk to the citizens of Colorado,” Sen. Wayne Allard. “It is my understanding that Ken Buck played a key role in the investigation that led to today’s raid at the Greeley facility. Once again, District Attorney Buck has demonstrated his commitment to ensuring that individuals involved in criminal behavior will be pursued to the full extent of the law.”
Also consider this:
“Largest-ever ICE operation targeting criminal aliens and illegal alien fugitives nets more than 1,300 arrests in Los Angeles area”
LOS ANGELES – More than 1,300 criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, and immigration violators have been moved from the United States or are facing deportation today following the largest special enforcement action ever carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations Teams anywhere in the nation. http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/articles/071003losangeles.htm
“ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams make a priority of cases involving those who have ignored orders to leave our country and those who pose a threat to our communities,”
Among those arrested was Juan Cervantes-Gonzalez, 30, of Mexico. Cervantes, who was taken into custody without incident at his San Bernardino home September 21, is a suspected street gang member with prior convictions for transporting methamphetamine, burglary, and auto theft.” ICE Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers pointed out that of the more than 61,000 illegal aliens arrested by ICE Fugitive Operations Teams since the first teams were created in 2003, roughly 17,331 had criminal convictions. http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/articles/071003losangeles.htm
Also see: “Claims of ID fraud lead to largest raid in state history. The largest workplace raid in Iowa history Monday resulted in the arrest of more than 300 people and reignited the debate over immigration.” http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080512/NEWS/80512012/1001
Illegal immigration is a matter of organized crime. Many of the illegals who are “transported into the US are done so by “traffickers” individuals who charge the “illegals” fees to help “smuggle” the illegals into the US. These same “traffickers” are frequently involved in the “illegal drug trade” also. “Traffickers” are also connected to illegal transportation of woman and children for use in the “black market sex trade”. Trafficking involves hugh sums of money - estimates of $100′s of Billion dollars a year change hands. This amount does not include sums generated from the illegal drug trade – $100 of billions for the international smuggling of illegals. http://www.humantrafficking.org/ , http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ncvrw/2005/pg5l.html.
“Human smugglers’ money trail cuts across Arizona border”, May 26th, 2008 @ 6:00am, by Associated Press.
A truck loaded with 10 illegal immigrants is worth about $25,000 to a human smuggling organization. A successful operation can move three or four truckloads of immigrants from the Mexican border to metro Phoenix every day. A drop house with 50 immigrants locked inside represents about $125,000 worth of cargo. With numbers like those, it doesn’t take long to add up to the estimated $2.5 billion smugglers generate annually by moving human cargo through Arizona. That figure, which comes from court records, only counts the upfront costs to the immigrants, which typically run about $2,500 a head. http://ktar.com/?nid=6&sid=847211
$2.5 Billion a year in Arizona alone!
Plenty of cash to pay to the corrupt Politicians and Attorneys who attempt to subvert the Immigration Policies legally passed by the Congress. Isn’t it time we investigate the money trail too? Lets identify the Politicians and Governmental officials who benefit from this illegal trade and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
Let your Congress Person know what you think: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml