I.C.E. ARRESTS 2,900 CONVICTED CRIMINAL ALIENS
October 2, 2011
A New Release that was posted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on September 28, 2011.
This news release reports on how enforcement personnel of ICE located and arrested some 2,900 illegal aliens who have criminal histories. Certainly the valiant efforts of those who carried out these arrests should be commended. While it is significant that nearly 3,000 criminal aliens have been taken off the streets of cities and towns across our nation, there are literally hundreds of thousands more to be found and arrested.
This press release is so important that I want you to take as much time as you need to not just skim through it but really read it carefully. The reason that this news release is so important is because it provides clear evidence that contradicts the assertions that the enforcement of our nation's immigration laws is to be associated with xenophobia that is particularly aimed at members of the Latino community.
Those false claims have become the stock and trade of the administration and all too many politicians from both sides of the political aisle. These are also the same false assertions that have come to pass for "business as usual" when the great majority of supposed journalists discuss the immigration issue. Think about how the questions at the recent GOP Presidential debates have linked the immigration issue with the Latino Community.
This news release also makes it clear that the immigration crisis has a huge impact on all 50 states of our nation not just the "Four border states" that Jonathan Huntsman, the former Governor of Utah and GOP Presidential hopeful alluded to during the debates when the issue of immigration was raised.
While the news release noted the fact that the 2,900 criminal aliens were citizens of a wide variety of countries, the article did not disclose how these criminals entered the United States. I can assure you that not all of them ran our southern border, although I have not doubt that a significant number of these criminals did, in fact, enter the United States in precisely that manner.
The news release noted that these aliens came from as far away as Africa. Clearly a significant number of these alien felons are not members of the Latino community.
During my 30 year career with the former INS I encountered and arrested aliens from nearly every country on the planet. The immigration laws do not draw any distinctions as to race, religion or ethnicity. The immigration laws are designed to protect our nation, our citizens and, in fact, all who live and visit our country from foreign nationals whose presence in the United States poses a threat to our safety and well being.
In reading the news release, I want you to consider just how much of a threat these sociopathic criminals pose to our nation and to our citizens and the members of the immigrant communities in which they most likely resided until they were arrested.
Once again, in considering the arrest of these criminal aliens I want you to consider an important section of law to be found in the Immigration and Nationality Act.
That section of law is Title 8, United States Code section 212. It is the section of law that enumerates the various categories of aliens who, under the INA, are supposed to be prevented from entering the United States and are supposed to be removed if they are found here:
Please take the time to review the contents of this section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Among the categories of aliens who are supposed to be kept out of the United States are aliens with dangerous communicable diseases, aliens who suffer serious mental illness and are prone to violence, aliens who are convicted felons, aliens who fugitives from justice in other countries, aliens who are human traffickers and drug smugglers, aliens who are war criminals and aliens who have committed human rights violations. Also aliens who are engaged in terrorism and espionage are among those who are, by law, supposed to be prevented from entering our country and are supposed to be removed if they manage to evade the Border Patrol and enter the United States.
The next time a politician or a journalist equates immigration law enforcement with the Latino community I want you to think about this ICE news release. They are not only being dishonest but they are creating a divisive hostile environment in our country playing the game of "divide and conquer."
This is a dangerous game- one that can cause unnecessary conflict and strife. Our nation's motto is "E Pluribus Unum" which translates, "Out of many, one." It is time that We the People hold these folks who have access to the cameras and the microphones accountable for what they say!
Words most certainly have impact!
The time has long since come for an honest discussion to be held about the extreme dangers created for our nation and our citizens by our all but nonexistent borders and corrupt, inept and incompetent immigration benefits program that is easily gamed by some truly evil individuals including international terrorists and transnational criminals.
Until and unless our elected officials are willing to understand just how important our borders and our immigration laws are to the security of our nation and the safety of our citizens, it will continue to be used as a political tool and our nation and our citizens, of all races, religions and ethnicities will pay a heavy price!
Our nation cannot defend itself against the threats posed by terrorism, transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels until and unless our borders are truly secure.
This does not mean constructing fences or other barriers that block access to ports of entry as Texas Governor Rick Perry disingenuously claimed during two of the debates when he talked about how such a fence would require those who wished to go to Tijuana to have to travel 800 miles out of the way!
Given the fact that there is no reliable way of determining the true identities of the millions of illegal aliens who are "undocumented," meaning that they do not possess a shred of official, reliable documentation to attest to their true names, nationalities, or when, where or how they entered the United States, it would be foolhardy to even suggest that these millions of illegal aliens should be placed on a pathway to United States citizenship. This would create a national security nightmare of unprecedented proportions!
Yet Newt Gingrich who claims to have learned the lessons that the disastrous Amnesty of 1986 taught him has actually called for the creation of such a pathway for those 12 to 20 million illegal aliens (the estimated number of illegal aliens in our country he provided).
Furthermore, when you realize that among the millions of unemployed American and lawful immigrant workers are people of every race, religion and ethnicity, it is unfathomable that members of the Latino community who are citizens of our country, would not want to have the immigration laws enforced so that they can take the jobs now being held by illegal aliens or aliens who have been admitted under various nonimmigrant work visa programs such as the H-1B visa program.
A final thought. Is it not a form of racism or bigotry to speak about the "Latino vote," the "Jewish vote," the "African American vote," etc?
I would ask that that you consider this definition of the term "prejudice" that appears in the dictionary provided with the software on Apple computers:
[Prejudice: This article is about a discrimination concept. For legal procedure, see Prejudice (law).
A prejudice is a prejudgment, an assumption made about someone or something before having adequate knowledge to be able to do so with guaranteed accuracy, or "judging a book by its cover". The word prejudice is most commonly used to refer to preconceived judgments toward people or a person because of race, social class, gender, ethnicity, homelessness, age, disability, obesity, religion, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics. It also means beliefs without knowledge of the facts and may include "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence."]
It is preposterous to think that all people of a particular religion, ethnic group or race think or vote the same way!
In speaking about such voting blocks, think about how most people would react to someone who might say, "You know how those (fill in the blank) think!"
Any reasonable and fair-minded person should be offended if that sort of generality is made, yet where political orientation is concerned, somehow lots of folks who should know better apparently have no compunctions against attributing particular political proclivities to our fellow Americans, based purely on their race, religion, ethnicity or other such factors!
The time has come to deal with the immigration crisis in honest terms.
It is time for our nation's leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the basis of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact. Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges!
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!
If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the "American Dream" the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm's way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
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My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same. We need to create a "Bucket Brigade of Truth!"
The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.