Illegal immigrants netted by local police could be released By Patrik Jonnsson The Christian Science Monitor June 23 2009 reports
Some undocumented immigrants swept up on minor charges such as fishing without a license wonâ€™t face federal detention. Instead, theyâ€™ll be released on their own recognizance under an Obama administration directive to a Nashville, Tenn., sheriff who charged 6,000 people with immigration crimes over the past 2-1/2 years.
(NB misleading headline.) ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is dishonestly trying to maintain that this is not a change in policy:
There hasnâ€™t been a [policy] change: ICE always puts a priority on criminal aliens who pose a national security threat,â€? says Matt Chandler, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman in Washington. But he acknowledges: â€?We are taking a deep, hard look at the program.â€?
â€?The programâ€? in which only some 66 law enforcement jurisdictions take part, is known as 287(g). It
in essence, deputizes local police to act as de facto immigration agents... Last year, local police made 20 percent of all immigration-related arrests in the US.
The problem with release:
Pre-2006 studies showed that about 85 percent of illegal immigrants released on bond did not show up for their court date.
Hat tip the Federale blog, which accurately said
the radical left has always considered local enforcement as unacceptable, and fought it at every stepâ€¦.liberals draw the line at arresting illegal aliens. And that is because they want more illegals here.
Nashville seems to be a target because the Davidson County (Nashville) Sherriff, Daron Hall, has been particularly effective in using 287(g). In discussing another report of this event ICE won't detain non-U.S. drivers in Nashville By Kate Howard and Chris Echegaray â€? THE TENNESSEAN â€? June 22, 2009 Federale incisively remarked
ICE will no longer arrest illegal aliens before they commit other crimes, but only after. Only after an American citizen is dead, or injured, or a victim of another crimeâ€¦.ICE doesn't want to participate in the Broken Windows method of solving the crime problem that Rudy Guiliani implemented in New Yorkâ€¦Janet Reno Napalitano is ideologically obsessed with destroying Americaâ€¦
This is no more than the truth.
Applaud Patriot Sherriff Daron Hall.