There`s a notable quote from a Seattle employee of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an article ("Feds told of foreign-born jail inmates
," Salem, OR, Statesman Journal
, September 16, 2007) about local/fed enforcement cooperation in Marion County, Oregon. Introducing Lorie Dankers, who probably has no future with ICE, as she hasn`t learned to obfuscate:
"The main goal of the program is to deport immigrants, both illegal and legal, who are judged a danger to society, ICE Seattle office spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said. Agents interview the suspects once notified by local police, and then decide whether a detainer should be placed against them."`Being in the country illegally is also a crime, but our goal is really to focus on public safety,` Dankers said. `People who are legal, permanent residents here are still guests in this country, and they must adhere to the laws of this country.`"
Of course the straightforward statement that "Being in the country illegally is also a crime" shouldn`t
be notable. But, alas, in our mad times, it is.
One of the online commenters at the article (Stephen, at 11:02 a.m., September 16) adds something interesting (click on through to the first full page of comments
). After confessing his status as a refugee from California and revealing his forebodings about Oregon`s future under the invasion, he writes:
"On a last note, I check news, and I have a police scanner. I dont care WHAT the statistics are, all I hear and see ALL the time is hispanic names over my scanner and hispanic crime in the news. Scanners only cost $100 if you dont believe me, and I will give you the channels to program in. The police force is quite busy to say the least."