Since October 1st, the following
raids and arrests have been made:
October`s vigorous illegal alien round up extends ICE enforcement operations conducted during previous months, all with similar results.
The arrests represent only part of the good news.
Notice the geographic
coasts, the Southeast, Southwest and
And, another plus, the aliens are from all
over the globe:
Just as quickly as the word once went out in those countries that the United States is a place where an illegal alien can enter, purchase false documents, get a job and live without penalty for the rest of his life, today`s cautionary message—proceed at your own risk—will spread as fast.
ICE is stepping it up.
During 2007, 30,407 arrests were made, nearly double the number from 2006. The total for 2008 is well on its way to outpacing 2007`s figures, with 26,945 arrests made as of August 1.
Since last October, ICE has made 949 criminal arrests related to worksite enforcement investigations including 105 owners, managers, supervisors or human resources employees who now face charges ranging from harboring to knowingly hiring illegal aliens. ICE also made more than 3,500 administrative arrests for immigration violations in the workplace during the same period.
For the most brazen whose luck ran out but who felt they could ignore deportation orders, they too now live in a different world.
ICE now has 95 Fugitive Operations Teams working nationwide that have made more than 30,000 arrests this year, including over 34,000 fugitives.
Said Nuria Prendes, director of the ICE Dallas regional office: "If you ignore a judge`s order of removal, ICE will find you, arrest you, and you will be returned to your home country."[Press Release]
Michael Rozos, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations said:
"ICE helps to maintain the integrity of our nation`s immigration system by identifying, arresting and removing aliens who have ignored a judge`s order to leave the country.... While we are a welcoming country, we expect those wanting to immigrate here to do so in a safe, legal and orderly manner. We will continue using all our resources to ensure that removal orders are carried out and locate these immigration violators who potentially pose a threat to public safety."[Press Release]
Finally, an amusing scene from South Carolina where plant employee Nicole Freeman said that as ICE closed in some workers ran for the doors while screaming " policía! " and "ICE!" [Workers ran for doors when federal agents arrived at chicken plant, witnesses say, Eric Connor and Paul Alongi, Greenville Online, October 7, 2008 ]
Laughing at other`s misfortune may seem cruel.
But I have long maintained that an alien who knowingly comes to
What`s happening since enforcement began in earnest is straight from the "I told you so" department.
signed up recruiters to find new employees. One firm, St
Louis-based Jacobson Staffing, hired about 900 temporary workers
Postville`s Agriprocessors and—extra bonus— ran all of the
new hires through E-Verify to make sure they are authorized to
work in the
Another personnel firm, Texas-based Bravo
Labor Agency located about 200 workers and placed them in sugar
cane fields in
Who do we have to thank for this?
In December 2007, Chertoff said: "…I am not prepared to give up on some kind of comprehensive reform, or at least some progress toward comprehensive reform, during 2008."
But the most important part of the same Chertoff speech is this: "…we have the willingness to enforce the laws the way they are, and that we`re prepared to use all the tools at our disposal to get the job done."
Being for "comprehensive reform" and law enforcement may seem contradictory. But in fact it is not.
There`s no reason why someone cannot favor and promote a particular approach to illegal immigration but obey the existing laws until such a time as new laws replace them.
That apparently describes Chertoff, now.
And while I agree that there`s room for skepticism about Chertoff—that he`s softening us up for the comprehensive immigration reform kill—I really don`t care.
The bottom line: deportations and arrests are
currently at a higher level than at any time since the
Eisenhower administration, illegal aliens are self-deporting
I tip my hat to Chertoff.
Although I doubt he needs my encouragement, I urge Chertoff to continue to enforce the law. His get-tough policies have yielded wonderful results for patriotic immigration reform fans.Joe Guzzardi [email him] is a California native who recently fled the state because of over-immigration, over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the growth rate stable. A long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School, Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It currently appears in the Lodi News-Sentinel.