ICE Raid Renews Questions About Obama Plans on Immigration Reform

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Monday, March 02, 2009 at 9:57 am

Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided an engine factory in Bellingham, Washington and arrested 28 people for allegedly using fake i.d.’s to get jobs.

Though it was reportedly the first worksite immigration raid since President Obama took office, Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, afterwards said she didn’t know anything about it. She then ordered a review of the action.

The raid and mass arrests raise some curious questions about the Obama administration’s immigration policy. First, who’s in charge here? Both Napolitano and Obama have said they’ll crack down on employers who violate the immigration laws and exploit immigrant workers, not on the workers themselves. Last week’s raid suggests that either that message didn’t get out to ICE’s field offices, or the new leaders in charge aren’t truly committed to that plan. (In the past, ICE has been found to have conducted raids and arrests to meet quotas, according to an internal ICE report about a 2007 raid obtained recently by Casa de Maryland in a FOIA request.)

Last week’s raid also highlighted the need for comprehensive immigration reform, which Obama pledged to take on when he spoke on Spanish language radio stations the week before. The economic crisis has understandably taken precedence, but a coherent immigration policy laying out exactly who gets to live and work here and participate in the economy and pay taxes on their earnings is all necessary to development of a viable long-term economic policy. (This recent Brookings Institution study makes a case for allowing more of certain kinds of foreign energy scientists to work in the U.S., for example, and the blog Immigrant Power offers other interesting suggestions.)

In any event, the workplace raid last week shook up immigrants’ advocates.

“The President is clear about his plans for the economy, health care, education, Iraq and Afghanistan; we expect nothing less than a clear, consistent statement of his plan for immigration,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, in a statement.

“Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and the rest of the Obama Administration should continue the top-to-bottom review they are conducting into enforcement priorities and resource allocation, but that may not be enough. At a very minimum, until the new ICE Director who was named Monday is in place and an oversight procedure is working, these types of workplace raids should be put on hold.”

Another point worth noting is that while last month Napolitano ordered an internal review immigration enforcement initiatives within DHS, with a report due on February 20, that report has not been made public.

This morning, Amy Kubwa, a spokesperson for the agency, said that Napolitano is in the process of reviewing those reports. Although they are “predecisional documents” that won’t ever be fully released, “in the interest of transparency we will produce some public materials in the next days and weeks.”

We’ll report back on those public materials as soon as we get our hands on them.

Comments

44 Comments

Legal Eagle
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 8:16 am

Yeah lets try something NEW in response to Illegal Immigration.It is time to enforce our Immigration laws otherwise IA's will keep migrating to the USA waiting for the next Amnesty.

Breaking our laws,having children to hide behind,using them as excuses for being allowed to stay in the USA is simply WRONG.

The IA's are responsible for their situation NOT citizens whose tax money is being used to support their criminal activities.

I honor Legal Immigrants who apply and come here LEGALLY.They want to assimilate and become part of the American family as it should be.They have waited their turn,done the right thing and shown RESPECT for our laws and the American people.


Ed Weirdness
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 8:18 am

The raids being conducted by DHS/ICE were the only tangible indication that anyone in Washington was listening to what we, the people had to say. It gave us hope that Congress and the White House had finally grasped the problems that confront America's citizens. It's ridiculous to assert that any law enforcement agency should be prevented from detaining anyone they encounter who is in our country illegally. Would one likewise suggest that police not prosecute a drunk driver they might encounter during a coffee break or through the course of their normal operational duties? The fact that we have an enormous population of illegal aliens already operating in our communities cannot justify our failure to detain and remove all that we can identify. This isn't a cat and mouse game, and it certainly shouldn't be the subject of a funding battle. It's dangerously misguided for the Obama administration, particularly in our present economic straits, to suggest that job site enforcement isn't effective or practical. Certainly we should identify and punish the employers of illegal aliens, likewise, we should also strive to identify and remove as many illegal aliens as possible. Punishing the employers, while allowing the illegals remain only further burdens taxpayers and our resources. We've allowed these burdens to become generational, and we, the people will not allow this to continue. Overpopulation, congestion, urban sprawl, crumbling infrastructure, dwindling resources, vanishing farm land and green space, lack of affordable housing, overcrowded schools and emergency rooms, crime, pollution, diminished wages, increased tax burdens, the balkanization of our communities, the marginalization of American workers, taxpayers and voters, the overall decline in quality of life, are all the result of unconstrained immigration. Too many people competing for the same limited resources is NOT sane, responsible, sustainable economic, environmental, social policy! This isn't the change our nation needs, nor is it the change our citizens will tolerate! Yes presecute the employers of illegal aliens! Eliminate the jobs and benefits magnet that encourages illegal aliens to enter and remain in our country! And above all else, use every available resources to identify and remove illegal aliens who are already residing in our nation.


Buzzm1
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 8:38 am

STOP THE INVASION

In the last 22 years, since the 1986, Reagan, one-time amnesty, over 26 million illegals have been apprehended, after they crossed the border into our United States.

UNITED STATES BORDER APPREHENSIONS (Source DHS/CBP)
1987–1,190,488——1995–1,394,554——2003—-931,557
1988–1,008,145——1996–1,649,986——2004–1,160,395
1989—-954,243——1997–1,412,953——2005–1,189,075
1990–1,169,939——1998–1,555,776——2006–1,089,902
1991–1,197,875——1999–1,579,010——2007—-876,704
1992–1,258,482——2000–1,676,438——2008—-723,825
1993–1,327,259——2001–1,266,213——2009—-
1994–1,094,717——2002—-955,310

However, less than 1, out of 4, illegals, crossing into our United States, are estimated to have been apprehended.

According to the U.S. Immigration Service another 6 million illegals in our country are visa overstays.

ALL ILLEGALS NEED TO GO!!!


wandagb
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 8:54 am

Illegal immigration harms the country. As economist Adam Smith said, “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”

Everything you need to know about immigration and what to do about it humorously told.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBw1nUlf38I

NumbersUSA is the hero.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7WJeqxuOfQ


J.C
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 9:23 am

I guess we're back to turning ilegals into scapegoats. It's true that illegal immigration does more harm than good, but it is hardly the source of all our problems. In times of hardship the people will always turn against the group with the least rights.


Ed Weirdness
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 9:42 am

J.C.
Actually J.C., illegal aliens play a role in just about every problem confronting America's Citizens. Indeed, there is no problem confronting U.S. Citizens that would not be measurably improved by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws. Certainly a reduction in illegal alien workers would constrain employers to compete for available legal workers. Likewise the absence of a large population of dependents on our schools, hospitals and law enforcement resources would be reflected in a similar reduction in taxpayer burdens. Ruductions in overall population would translate to reduced burdens on infrastructure, increase affordable housing stocks, and reduce the stress on dwindling resources, water, food, fuel, etc..

The Obama green energy initiative is in direct conflict with his immigration policies. Every “green technology” we're considering requires vast amounts of real estate and water if they are going to be viable, sustainable, and above all else, affordable. Solar, Wind, Geo-thermal. Hydro. bio-fuels, all require lots of land and water. Land and water that is increasingly expensive and in short supply as the result of overpopulation through unconstrained immigration. In fact, I can thnk of no economic, environmental, social or cultural issue confronting our nation that would not be served by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.


Ed Weirdness
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 9:47 am

J.C.;
One can hardly consider anyone who is culpable to be a scapegoat. There is no problem confronting America's Citizens that would not be measurably improved by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.


edweirdness
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 9:49 am

J.C
One can hardly suggest that anyone who is culpable (i.e. violating our immigration laws makes one culpable) is in any way a scapegoat. There is no problem confronting our nation that would not be measurably imrpoved by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.


Lawyer
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 10:17 am

Edweirdness, first read Immigration Laws, Then Study them, then come here to preach your IGNORANCE On the matter..
Daniel Griswold: Immigration law should reflect our dynamic labor market

Daniel Griswold is director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington. His writings on immigration can be found at http://www.freetrade.org; e-mail him at dgriswold@cato.org.

Among its many virtues, America is a nation where laws are generally reasonable, respected and impartially enforced. A glaring exception is immigration.

Today an estimated 12 million people live in the U.S. without authorization, 1.6 million in Texas alone, and that number grows every year. Many Americans understandably want the rule of law restored to a system where law-breaking has become the norm.

The fundamental choice before us is whether we redouble our efforts to enforce existing immigration law, whatever the cost, or whether we change the law to match the reality of a dynamic society and labor market.

Low-skilled immigrants cross the Mexican border illegally or overstay their visas for a simple reason: There are jobs waiting here for them to fill, especially in Texas and other, faster growing states. Each year our economy creates hundreds of thousands of net new jobs – in such sectors as retail, cleaning, food preparation, construction and tourism – that require only short-term, on-the-job training.

At the same time, the supply of Americans who have traditionally filled many of those jobs – those without a high school diploma – continues to shrink. Their numbers have declined by 4.6 million in the past decade, as the typical American worker becomes older and better educated.

Yet our system offers no legal channel for anywhere near a sufficient number of peaceful, hardworking immigrants to legally enter the United States even temporarily to fill this growing gap. The predictable result is illegal immigration

In response, we can spend billions more to beef up border patrols. We can erect hundreds of miles of ugly fence slicing through private property along the Rio Grande. We can raid more discount stores and chicken-processing plants from coast to coast. We can require all Americans to carry a national ID card and seek approval from a government computer before starting a new job.

Or we can change our immigration law to more closely conform to how millions of normal people actually live.

Crossing an international border to support your family and pursue dreams of a better life is not an inherently criminal act like rape or robbery. If it were, then most of us descend from criminals. As the people of Texas know well, the large majority of illegal immigrants are not bad people. They are people who value family, faith and hard work trying to live within a bad system.

When large numbers of otherwise decent people routinely violate a law, the law itself is probably the problem. To argue that illegal immigration is bad merely because it is illegal avoids the threshold question of whether we should prohibit this kind of immigration in the first place.

We've faced this choice on immigration before. In the early 1950s, federal agents were making a million arrests a year along the Mexican border. In response, Congress ramped up enforcement, but it also dramatically increased the number of visas available through the Bracero guest worker program. As a result, apprehensions at the border dropped 95 percent. By changing the law, we transformed an illegal inflow of workers into a legal flow.

For those workers already in the United States illegally, we can avoid “amnesty” and still offer a pathway out of the underground economy. Newly legalized workers can be assessed fines and back taxes and serve probation befitting the misdemeanor they've committed. They can be required to take their place at the back of the line should they eventually apply for permanent residency.

The fatal flaw of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act was not that it offered legal status to workers already here but that it made no provision for future workers to enter legally.

Immigration is not the only area of American life where a misguided law has collided with reality. In the 1920s and '30s, Prohibition turned millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans into lawbreakers and spawned an underworld of moon-shining, boot-legging and related criminal activity. (Sound familiar?) We eventually made the right choice to tax and regulate alcohol rather than prohibit it.

In the 19th century, America's frontier was settled largely by illegal squatters. In his influential book on property rights, The Mystery of Capital, economist Hernando de Soto describes how these so-called extralegals began to farm, mine and otherwise improve land to which they did not have strict legal title. After failed attempts by the authorities to destroy their cabins and evict them, federal and state officials finally recognized reality, changed the laws, declared amnesty and issued legal documents conferring title to the land the settlers had improved.

As Mr. de Soto wisely concluded: “The law must be compatible with how people actually arrange their lives.” That must be a guiding principle when Congress returns to the important task of fixing our immigration laws.

Daniel Griswold is director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington. His writings on immigration can be found at http://www.freetrade.org; e-mail him at dgriswold@cato.org.


Lawyer
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 10:19 am

Undocumented immigrants paying more taxes than you think!!

Eight million Undocumented immigrants pay Social Security, Medicare and income taxes. Denying public services to people who pay their taxes is an affront to America’s bedrock belief in fairness. But many “pull-up-the-drawbridge” politicians want to do just that when it comes to illegal immigrants.

The fact that Undocumented immigrants pay taxes at all will come as news to many Americans. A stunning two thirds of Undocumented immigrants pay Medicare, Social Security and personal income taxes.

Yet, nativists like Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., have popularized the notion that illegal aliens are a colossal drain on the nation’s hospitals, schools and welfare programs — consuming services that they don’t pay for.

In reality, the 1996 welfare reform bill disqualified Undocumented immigrants from nearly all means tested government programs including food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid and Medicare-funded hospitalization.

The only services that illegals can still get are emergency medical care and K-12 education. Nevertheless, Tancredo and his ilk pushed a bill through the House criminalizing all aid to illegal aliens — even private acts of charity by priests, nurses and social workers.

Potentially, any soup kitchen that offers so much as a free lunch to an illegal could face up to five years in prison and seizure of assets. The Senate bill that recently collapsed would have tempered these draconian measures against private aid.

But no one — Democrat or Republican — seems to oppose the idea of withholding public services. Earlier this year, Congress passed a law that requires everyone who gets Medicaid — the government-funded health care program for the poor — to offer proof of U.S. citizenship so we can avoid “theft of these benefits by illegal aliens,” as Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., puts it. But, immigrants aren’t flocking to the United States to mooch off the government.

According to a study by the Urban Institute, the 1996 welfare reform effort dramatically reduced the use of welfare by undocumented immigrant households, exactly as intended. And another vital thing happened in 1996: the Internal Revenue Service began issuing identification numbers to enable illegal immigrants who don’t have Social Security numbers to file taxes.

One might have imagined that those fearing deportation or confronting the prospect of paying for their safety net through their own meager wages would take a pass on the IRS’ scheme. Not so. Close to 8 million of the 12 million or so illegal aliens in the country today file personal income taxes using these numbers, contributing billions to federal coffers.

No doubt they hope that this will one day help them acquire legal status — a plaintive expression of their desire to play by the rules and come out of the shadows. What’s more, aliens who are not self-employed have Social Security and Medicare taxes automatically withheld from their paychecks.

Since undocumented workers have only fake numbers, they’ll never be able to collect the benefits these taxes are meant to pay for. Last year, the revenues from these fake numbers — that the Social Security administration stashes in the “earnings suspense file” — added up to 10 percent of the Social Security surplus.

The file is growing, on average, by more than $50 billion a year. Beyond federal taxes, all illegals automatically pay state sales taxes that contribute toward the upkeep of public facilities such as roads that they use, and property taxes through their rent that contribute toward the schooling of their children.

The non-partisan National Research Council found that when the taxes paid by the children of low-skilled immigrant families — most of whom are illegal — are factored in, they contribute on average $80,000 more to federal coffers than they consume. Yes, many illegal migrants impose a strain on border communities on whose doorstep they first arrive, broke and unemployed.

To solve this problem equitably, these communities ought to receive the surplus taxes that federal government collects from immigrants. But the real reason border communities are strained is the lack of a guest worker program.

Such a program would match willing workers with willing employers in advance so that they wouldn’t be stuck for long periods where they disembark while searching for jobs. The cost of undocumented aliens is an issue that immigrant bashers have created to whip up indignation against people they don’t want here in the first place.

With the Senate having just returned from yet another vacation and promising to revisit the stalled immigration bill, politicians ought to set the record straight: Illegals are not milking the government. If anything, it is the other way around.


Buzzm1
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

Illegal immigrants, on average, cost American taxpayers #12,000 more, each, than they contribute in taxes. The last thing our country need is more poverty level working poor, especially illegals, draining our country of available social services.

ALL ILLEGALS NEED TO GO!!!


Buzzm1
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

Illegals ARE a colossal drain on American taxpayers, just as Tom Tancredo said. It certainly dosen't take a genious to figure that out.

ENFORCE OUR LAWS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!!!

THERE WILL BE NO AMNESTY!!!

OUR ACCEPTABLE IMMIGRATION REFORM

#1. Make Illegal Entry a Felony Permanently Barring Citizenship
#2. Secure Our Borders with our National Guard!!!
#3. Mandate E-Verify for ALL Employees!!!
#4. Cut Off ALL Public Assistance to Illegals and Their Children!!!
#5. Stop the Underground Economy!!!
#6. End Birthright Citizenship for Illegals!!!
#7. End Chain Migration!!!
#8. Make English our Official Language!!!
#9. Cut Off Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities!!

NOTHING MORE!!! NOTHING LESS!!!


No Illegals
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

Obama would be a fool to take on illegal immigration right now. All his so-called political capital would be lost. Americans are hurting bad right now and indicating a desire for amnesty for illegal lawbreakers would just open old wounds. Americans are no more attracted to amnesty than were were in 2007, perhaps even more against it now since so many people need jobs that the illegals are taking. Obama campaigned about enforcing the rule of law, so I don't see how granting amnesty does that. America can no longer afford to support the illegals and their many anchor babies with heathcare and education, incarceration costs, etc. He needs to keep up the enforcement (and yes, I mean RAIDS), continue E-Verify, and nationalize the 287(g) program.


HernandezUSA
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

What about American Civil rights?

Where is the out cry for American human rights?

Why are illegals allowed hold jobs, but Americans are layed off?

Our federal government needs to be reformed along with our immigration rules.

1. Increase the RAIDs on illegals to open up jobs for unemployed American Families.
2. E-verify extended for 20 years for all Employers and against every employee – get all the Illegals out of the job markets and open more jobs for Americans. – Its FREE and very Accurate and no American to date has been refused work because it. ONLY ILLEGALS
3. Stop listening too and publicly funding RACIST groups like “La RAZA” with our tax dollars.

We have HAD ENOUGH OBAMA!!!


true american patriot
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

According to a Zogby poll released last week.The Zogby poll was commissioned by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that seeks to reform immigration policies. 87 percent of Legal American citizens said they “favor legalization or amnesty for illegal immigrants”


Vince
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

ICE needs to continue raids to apphrehend immigration violaters infesting the United States
They need to set quotas, and run the quota number up. Everyday they wait and leave an illegal in residence they harm the United States. Illegal aliens cannot be deported fast enough.
The United State belongs to the citizens, not the the mobs of illegals!


Steve
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

Americans do NOT want or need “comprehensive immigration reform” which we all know means amnesty for millions of illegal foreign workers. We tried this in 1986 and it failed!

It would be incredibly insensitive and immoral of Obama and the Democrats to push legalization/pathway amnesty schemes for illegal aliens when there are millions of Americans out of work and hurting!

We demand that our existing immigration laws are finally enforced!

Furthermore, the comment below from “true American patriot” is incorrect. The Zogby poll for Nevada that was released week showed that 55% “oppose legalization or amnesty for illegal immigrants. Instead, the government should enforce and strengthen existing laws to convince illegal immigrants to return home and open up jobs for unemployed American workers.”

While only 34% “support granting legalization or amnesty to current illegal immigrants, allowing them to keep their jobs, coupled with a commitment on the part of the government to enforce our immigration laws in the future.”


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

“First, who’s in charge here?” Perhaps the Code of Federal Regulations governing immigration law? Hmm! Some of us believe that the laws of this nation are not subject to ad hoc nullification by mobs, the advocates of illegal aliens or by any branch of government without going through the legislative process. Apparently the Washington Independent doesn't understand this.


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

Uh, I think you mean that they are in opposition to amnesty. At least that's what the poll actually says.


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

Actually, while some illegal aliens do pay income taxes, those having families living below the poverty level are eligible to receive it all back as Earned Income Tax credits and direct rebates. The fact is that even U.S. citizen poor do not pay any income taxes at all. Why would we want 20 million more poor who'd wind up in the same situation. It would only increase the already heavy burden the middle class and rich citizens already bear. And what about the huge burden those who pay in the form of higher health care costs due to their having subsidize the care of millions of illegal alien poor by paying higher health insurance premiums. The fact is that we already have enough poor and illiterate in this country without accepting Mexico's failures.


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

“Low-skilled immigrants cross the Mexican border illegally or overstay their visas for a simple reason: There are jobs waiting here for them to fill, especially in Texas and other, faster growing states. Each year our economy creates hundreds of thousands of net new jobs – in such sectors as retail, cleaning, food preparation, construction and tourism – that require only short-term, on-the-job training.”

Not anymore. By your line of reasoning, we should send them home when their not needed, which is now.

“As Mr. de Soto wisely concluded: “The law must be compatible with how people actually arrange their lives.” That must be a guiding principle when Congress returns to the important task of fixing our immigration laws.”

This might be a legitimate claim, except for the fact that this policy was not developed in accordance with the will of the people, as embodied by our Code of Federal Regulations. You put the cart before the horse by saying that illegal behavior should force change. Let's let the people decide, not the illegal aliens. To do otherwise is not in the best traditions of our democracy.


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

Bravo!


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

The poor and illiterate are a burden to a society whose goals are to be competitive in a modern sophisticated world full of competition. If they weren't, every nation on the planet would be scrambling to adopt such people. Someone please name a country that would fight over adopting our illegal aliens.


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

Well said.


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

“The fatal flaw of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act was not that it offered legal status to workers already here but that it made no provision for future workers to enter legally.”

Oh, really? Then you're saying that once our guest worker quota was filled under an expanded program, none would enter illegally. This fails the test of logic. And what provision would actually make guest workers go home when our economy contracts, as is happening today? Would everyone go home as agreed to, or would they melt into the Hispanic ghetto as they do today? Who would make them, and at what cost? We'd have to expand our enforcement agencies and spend billions to seek them out an deport them, just as we do now. Also, who would be responsible for the health care of such guest workers. The unscrupulous employers of today prefer to put that burden on the American people in the form of bankrupting infrastructure (hospitals) and causing a huge increase in taxes and health care premiums paid by citizen taxpayers. Would the employers pick up the cost? No, this wouldn't change under any new guest worker program, nor would it change under and amnesty. No, importing illiterate poor is not a wise policy for the U.S.


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

“Crossing an international border to support your family and pursue dreams of a better life is not an inherently criminal act like rape or robbery.”

Neither is overloading a life boat from a sinking ship, but adding one more may be imprudent, as it may cause it to sink. American citizens have to look out for their interests first, and it is up to their government to have the stomach to make the hard decisions when they matter most. Adopting 20 million uneducated poor is not in the interests of any country, let alone the people of the United States of America. Mexico's and the other countries of Central and South America are responsible for the welfare of their people, just as ours is, as stated in the preamble to our Constitution.


Horace
Comment posted March 2, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

What a laugh! This site calls itself a center for independent media, when in reality it's a tool for ethnocentrist Hispanics and the corrupt Mexican government.


SS
Comment posted March 3, 2009 @ 7:11 am

ha ha.. group with the least rights ?? what rights ?? they have no rights ?? fyi.. to begin with, they are illegal… what part of illegal you dont understand ? The raid where they arrested 28 people, btw, opened up 28 jobs for Americans… Are you blind to that fact ?
Whats the difference between terrorists and illegals ? The aim os terrorists is to harm the country and its interests and people.. The aim of illegals and the companys that hire them is to enrich themselves, improve their life in the process harming the country and its people and interests.
We, Americans think it is a sin to prosecute the least privileged… That is wrong… Break the law, you get punished.. A petty thief of 50$ at a store can jeopardize a citizen for life. However an illegal can keep changing IDs and wont have any problem… Law breaking is not allowed here…
Wake up America…


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dml
Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

I think that it is important to remember that the action itself was focused against the employer. When ICE decided to move by way of the “raid” it was to ensure that they could execute the criminal search warrants they obtained and further build a case against the employer. Oftentimes the unauthorized workers provide the proof of the egregious actions including labor violations. That being said we need comprehensive reform in order to ensure that workers are provided a fair shot and that employers comply all around then we should move back to to enforcement.


Dr. G.
Comment posted March 8, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

What this article doesn't tell you is that this company had to replace these employees and that hundreds of US citizens lined up for the 28 openings. It is crystal clear that illegals are occupying jobs that should go to legit US citizens. US immigration law is the law of the land and should be enforced, period. Since the vast majority also feel this way, our representative gov't. is obliged to see that our laws are enforced. Let's hope Obama doesn't get too liberal with our laws. Our national security is at stake. Dr. G.


jessica
Comment posted March 16, 2009 @ 11:45 am

LEGAIIZING IMMIGRANTS WHO WORK AND PAY TAXES WOULD MAKES SENSE! THEY SHOULD BECOME LEGALIZED BECAUSE THEY CONTRIBUTE AND THEY SHOULD BE HEARD AS WELL.


gavin, US Patriot
Comment posted March 17, 2009 @ 10:21 am

I Agree, thi poll was correct


gavin, US Patriot
Comment posted March 17, 2009 @ 10:24 am

Why you guys are so mean t oother people. God made this earth for everyone not just for people who are in the US. By the way you all are immigrants here, who kicked out the Indians and took there land so stop bull$$$$ing. Live and let live. Be considerate, that is what God teaches us, be humble, help the poor. Isnat that what Jeses tell us.


gavin, US Patriot
Comment posted March 17, 2009 @ 10:28 am

may be God should take away your food,clothes,house for a month and may be then you will realize the value of human life and be thankful to God for what he has given to you. Always learn to help less fortunate. Dont live in ego. Times can change very fast and it doesnt take a lot if god wants to make a person begger instead of being wealthy all the time.


gavin, US Patriot
Comment posted March 17, 2009 @ 10:29 am

That include your forefathers, you and your family as well since this land belongs to the native Americans.


gavin, US Patriot
Comment posted March 17, 2009 @ 10:32 am

Well Horace, think about it, if you help these people an dmke them grow, the country grows and their income becomes taxable. Think about it.


gavin, US Patriot
Comment posted March 17, 2009 @ 10:33 am

I totally agree, The immigration system is ridicolous they way it stands, even for legally entered peopel there is a waiting for more than 10 years to get a GC. What a system, hats off to it.


HernandezUSA
Comment posted March 17, 2009 @ 10:46 am

Why are you so callous against your own Fellow American Citizens?

13,000,000 American Citizens are unemployed – that include their children!

We are trying to take care of all the nations of this world, for right now we are trying to take care of our own Citizens…….FYI: Liberal there is NO WORLD ORDER.

Keep our B.$ to your self……we all know about our own U.S history of over 200+ years ago.

It is sad, what happened to the American Indians in the past, but they are United States Citizens as well and supporting Illegals does not help them in any way.

In addition ,if you feel the need to help an illegal, then drive them back to the border and you give your compassion in their country to get their economy working again.

Doesn't Jesus talk about teaching a man to fish?……Well “gavin, US Patriot” starting walking the walk and move to Mexico and start teaching!


Mark Stevens
Comment posted March 22, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

12 million Americans are out of work. Every job a Mexican gets is a job lost as they send the money bto Mexico and don't spend it here!


Mark Stevens
Comment posted March 22, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

Illegals do not pay taxes if they don't have a social security number and labor record… $8 an hour in America is $64 an hour in Mexico, that is why they want our jobs to send the big money home!!


Muriya
Comment posted March 25, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

I'm not sure what American citizens are represented here. I am American citizen and I think violation of human rights legal or illegal aliens is still a violation of HUMAN Rights.
Hitler decided that some nationalities have no right and it leads to 6 million deaths. I don't think we should be human haters here and violators of human right citizens as well as non citizens .
For your consideration 1.6 million Citizens families impacted by this illegal immigration reforms that lead to family separation .


Muriya
Comment posted March 25, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

I'm not sure what American citizens are represented here. I am American citizen and I think violation of human rights legal or illegal aliens is still a violation of HUMAN Rights.
Hitler decided that some nationalities have no right and it leads to 6 million deaths. I don't think we should be human haters here and violators of human right citizens as well as non citizens .
For your consideration 1.6 million Citizens families impacted by this illegal immigration reforms that lead to family separation .


Urban Expressions Daphne Messenger
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