OBAMA FAILS TO ADDRESS CRIMINAL ALIENS DURING MEXICO VISIT
NWV News writer Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
August 23, 2009
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people on both sides of the US-Mexico border expected to hear President
Barack Obama plan for dealing with illegal aliens, they were treated
only to the usual flowery language that is the hallmark of an Obama
speech, according to border security advocates.
"Much like his predecessor -- President George W. Bush -- Obama failed to address the very real problem of rampant illegal entry into the United States. While bellyaching about guns coming into Mexico with phony statistics, the President never once mentioned criminals entering the US and creating havov in our cities," said political strategist Mike Baker.
Obama flew into Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city on Sunday, August 9, for a two-day summit with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but many observers believed from the beginning that there was little chance of any agreement on how to stop illegal aliens pouring into the US or the flow of drugs from Mexico.
In a personal meeting with Calderon, Obama applauded Mexico's anti-drug strategy, but Calderon told the President that he was concerned over delays in US financial aid as part of the $1.4 billion promised. The financial assistance was held back due to allegations of civil rights violations by the Mexican government.
"Mexican police and soldiers uses brutal methods to stop illegal aliens who attempt to enter their country across their southern border. Unlike the US, at times Mexican authorities use deadly force against these illegal aliens, but at the same time they decry any actions taken to stop Mexican illegal aliens from entering the US. They are hypocrites," said fromer NYPD detective Michael Snolinsky.
During his Calderon meeting Obama has said he'd like to legalize millions of Mexican aliens but he told Calderon that there is little chance of Congress acting this year, since priorities like health care and climate policy are moving slowly amid heated partisan debate.
Mexico's Drug Trade
The Drug Enforcement Administration says that historically, criminal groups from South Korea, Taiwan, or China supplied Ice -- smokable methamphetamine -- to Hawaii and parts of California, but the availability of Mexican-produced Ice has increased abuse in areas of the country that were previously untouched.
US prisons and addiction treatment centers have also seen a dramatic increase in what is known as meth mouth, which is the extreme deterioration of dental health because of the damage caused by the chemicals used to make the drug and lack of proper nutrition. Withdrawal from high doses of methamphetamine often produces severe depression.
In a recent case, court documents alleged that a number of Mexican drug traffickers use juveniles to sell or smuggle methamphetamine. For example, a group of individuals led by Jorge Arreola-Gomez distributed large amounts of methamphetamine in southern California and elsewhere. Among those charged with Arreola are two sisters, his wife, his mother, and two brothers-in-law. According to the indictment, the defendants used numerous couriers to transport drugs domestically and across the US-Mexico border.
Illegal Alien Crime Wave
Critics of President Obama's policies -- or non-policies -- regarding illegal alien criminals point to the enormous amount of crime and violence committed by them. According to the US Department of Justice and the FBI, there are more than 50,000 gang members who are in this country illegally. For example, the violent and powerful MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha is comprised of many illegal aliens and boasts over 10,000 members nationwide.
Illegal aliens do not confine their criminal activities to border cities -- communities throughout this country are experiencing increasing alien involvement in drug importation and distribution, weapons smuggling, and violence against persons and property.
The escalation in alien crime has placed added demands on state and local law enforcement personnel. Effective identification of aliens involved in crime requires familiarity with fraudulent documentation. Proper arrest procedures must be carried out, and complex notification and reporting requirements must be satisfied; otherwise, dangerous aliens can escape prosecution and deportation. Handling the myriad problems associated with alien crimes is often beyond the capabilities of local police departments.
More than two-thirds of the illegal alien defendants charged with an immigration offense were identified as having been previously arrested. Thirty-six percent had been arrested on at least 5 prior occasions; 22%, 2 to 4 times; and 12%,1 time.
Sixty-one percent of those defendants had been convicted at least once; 18%, 5 or more times; 26%, 2 to 4 times; and 17%, 1 time. Of those charged, 49% had previously been convicted of a felony: 20% of a drug offense; 18%, a violent offense; and 11%, other felony offenses. Twelve percent had previously been convicted of a misdemeanor.
Defendants charged with unlawful reentry had the most extensive criminal histories. Nine in ten had been previously arrested. Of those with a prior arrest, half had been arrested on at least 5 prior occasions.
Fifty-six percent of those charged with a reentry offense had previously been convicted of a violent or drug-related felony. By contrast, under half of those charged with alien smuggling, a third of those charged with unlawful entry, and just over a quarter those charged with misuse of visas and other charges had previously been arrested. The criminal histories of these defendants were generally less extensive: more than 70% had been previously arrested fewer than 5 times.
Immigration fraud is another method used by criminals and terrorists to gain entry into the United States and carryout their agendas. The Identity and Benefits Fraud Unit, an investigative component of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is charged with detecting, deterring, and disrupting the fraudulent schemes used by terrorist and criminal organizations. In fiscal year 2008, the IBF Unit opened almost 3,800 new cases of immigration fraud and received or developed over 7,000 leads.
"There are crimes committed against US citizens that would not occur if only the federal government clamped down on illegal aliens entering the US and deporting illegals already here. Even one of the biggest murder cases in the new Millennium -- Chandra Levy murder -- was committed by an illegal alien who was a one-man crime wave," said Det. Snolinsky.
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"How long are Americans and our leaders going to allow this crime wave to grow before they start to demand action, not just flowery Obama speeches?" he added.