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Phoenix Mayor Targets Sheriff Joe Arpaio and His Roundup of Illegals

Posted by Joshua Price on April 17, 2008

The mayor wants the FBI to investigate whether the local county sheriff has violated any civil rights laws with his recent high-profile crackdowns on illegal immigrants.

In an April 4 letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Mayor Phil Gordon asked the agency and the Justice Department’s civil rights division to examine what he called discriminatory harassment and improper stops, searches, and arrests by sheriff’s deputies in Maricopa County, which encompasses the metropolitan area.

“Over the past few weeks, Sheriff Arpaio’s actions have infringed on the civil rights of our residents,” Gordon wrote. “They have put our residents’ well-being, and the well-being of law enforcement officers, at risk.”

Here we go with the civil rights of the illegals argument again. What civil rights? They’re in this country illegally!

But I digress:

Arpaio said it’s ironic that Gordon wrote the letter the same day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials observed his deputies arresting residents and illegal immigrants in the town of Guadalupe and approved of the sheriff’s work.

The mayor “is degrading my office and my deputies by insinuating that they’re violating all these civil laws. We don’t profile,” the sheriff said.

But there is some good news in this story as it appears that ICE might be on the sheriff’s side:

ICE officials say Arpaio is not violating the formal agreement he has with their office that allows sheriff’s deputies to enforce immigration laws.

And you wonder why we can’t fully solve the immigration problem and fight the enemies of this country domestically? It’s because of so-called mayors like the one in Phoenix and the ACLU that unwaveringly defend the civil rights of the illegals.

As far as I’m concerned the only right the illegals have is the right to turn around and head back to their country of origin.

How can a nation survive when so many inside it care more about the civil rights of people who have no right to be in the respective country than its legal residents? Answer: It can’t.

But this what liberalism and globalism gets you.

http://www.policelink.com/news/17975-phoenix-mayor-vs-sheriff-joe-fbi-gets-involved?comment_page=3

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Illegals Using Torches and Saws to Break Into U.S.

Posted by Joshua Price on April 14, 2008

Illegal immigrants armed with torches, hacksaws, ladders and even bungee cords are making it around a section of the border fence hailed as the most efficient way to stop them.

In the 10 months since the section was put up, the only method federal agents haven’t seen is a tunnel — “Yet,” said Victor Guzman, the supervisory Border Patrol agent responsible for the stretch of close-together 15-foot cement-filled steel poles planted three feet into the ground.

Agents responsible for guarding the stretch of border here “almost immediately” started seeing cuts in the fence. The towering gray and rust colored posts are marked with bright orange spray paint in areas believed to have been breached, Guzman said.

Guzman, who has worked in the area for nearly a decade, said agents have found holes cut with acetylene torches, hacksaws and even plasma torches — a high-powered tool that uses inert gas or condensed air to quickly cut through steel and other dense metals.

The story continues:

Officials monitoring cameras in the area have seen at least one group using a massive ladder to scale the south side of the fence. The group tried to drop into the U.S. with bungee cords before agents caught them.

So what does this tell us? Well first of all, this is nothing new. What it means, however, is that the illegal invader will stop at nothing, including killing our border patrol agents, to gain access to this country.

The illegals are willing to use any- and everything to attain their goal of sneaking in here illegally.

This means that we too must be willing to use whatever means necessary to prevent more illegal invaders. We must recognize that the illegals have no constitutional rights.

Until we match the intensity and effort that the illegals are exhibiting we will never effectively secure the borders.

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/2008/04/11/BorderFence.html

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ICE Planning Major Crackdown on Illegals

Posted by Joshua Price on April 11, 2008

Well it’s about time. The following entry from The Houston Chronicle is great news, provided ICE follows through with this plan:

The U.S. Homeland Security department has launched an ambitious nationwide effort that would cost $2 billion to $3 billion a year to identify and deport the estimated 300,000 to 450,000 illegal immigrants locked up each year in jails and prisons.

I especially like this quote from ICE:

”We can do something few law enforcement agencies can do: Not only ensure criminals are off the streets, but ensure they are removed from the country,” said ICE spokesman Tim Counts. ”Removing hundreds of thousands of criminals from the country is sure to have a positive impact on community safety.”

Now some are complaining about the idea of spending $2-3 billion to deport the illegals, but if you read the post yesterday about the estimated annual cost of illegals to American taxpayers being about $135 billion, and $9,000 per taxpayer, it doesn’t seem quite so much.

For example, let’s say that the crackdown works and we deport approximately 350,000 illegals. The cost to taxpayers for those illegals would be about $3.15 billion ($9,000 x 350,000) of costs kicked out of the country. Further, let’s say it does cost about $3 billion to deport the 350,000 illegals, we still save money in the short-term ($3.15-$3 billion), and certainly in the long-term.

There are some other good points being raised like ensuring that once the illegal is deported he/she doesn’t return, but that just raises the obvious in that illegal immigration reform must be multi-faceted.

In other words, we have begun, although not nearly as effective as we could be in my opinion, to deport–whether directly or indirectly via some of the states removing the incentives for the illegals–the illegals, but that’s really only part of the solution–though a big one.

This is where the border comes in. The border must be secured through the fence, border patrol agents, drones, and severe punishment or immediate deportation for those trespassing.

The last piece to be solved is the legal immigration process. We need to ensure that the right people–and by that I mean non-security threats–are allowed into the country, require them to assimilate to America’s culture (which isn’t multiculturalism, sorry you good liberals and globalists), but the process must also be streamlined so that it doesn’t take 5 years to legally come here. That’s utterly ridiculous with the technology we have today.

So to recap:

  • deport the 12-20 million illegals currently here (which we’re doing to an extent)
  • secure the border (and not the John McCain and George W. Bush kind of secure the border)
  • enforce the deportations and prevent new illegal invaders
  • streamline the legal immigration process, but ensure only non-security threats get in (I know that’s virtually impossible, but let’s not let obvious or should-be obvious threats in here), require learning and speaking English and assimilating to American culture

I must say though that I happy to see ICE getting the message that we the voters sent to Washington: deport the current illegals and legitimately secure the border before we deal with the immigration process.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5688925.html

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Legal and Illegal Immigration Costly to U.S.

Posted by Joshua Price on April 9, 2008

There is an interesting study out today on the costs of both legal and illegal immigration in the United States. It calls into question the globalists’ assertion that immigration–whether legal or illegal–is inherently beneficial and profitable for America.

More than 37 million immigrants in the United States, both legal and illegal, cost the federal government more than $346 billion last year, twice as much as the nation’s fiscal deficit, according to a report released yesterday.

“This is another nail in the coffin of economic growth,” said Edwin Rubenstein, director of research and president of ESR Research, which released the report. “There is absolutely no reason immigration policy shouldn’t be discussed on its economic merits.”

Mr. Rubenstein, a former director of research at the Hudson Institute, a nonpartisan policy research organization, said U.S. taxpayers paid more than $9,000 for each immigrant in the country, a third of whom are believed to be in the U.S. illegally.

Let’s do the math with respect to the cost of illegals in this country using this report’s numbers.

Let’s assume that there are 15,000,000 illegals in the U.S. (there might very well be upwards of 20,000,000, but we’ll use 15 mil. to be conservative). Using the $9,000 dollar cost to every American we arrive at a total cost of about $135,000,000,000 for the illegals in this country.

This is the number that gets me. I don’t care about the cost of legal immigrants here. They have done it the right way, so I’m fine with that. It’s a strain, but we can deal with that cost.

It’s $135 bil. spent on the illegals that is significantly contributing to our economic woes.

This study just helps to prove what many of us have known for years: illegal immigration is only good for the native country of the illegal (i.e. U.S. money flowing back to Mexico).

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080409/NATION/341902874/1002/NATION

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Gavin Newsome Boasts About San Francisco Being a Sanctuary City

Posted by Joshua Price on April 4, 2008

While many cities often dispute they are a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants, San Francisco is saying it loud and proud.

City officials Wednesday announced an $83,000 ad campaign — in five languages — to let residents know police, hospital workers and other city employees won’t ask residents about their immigration status.

Mayor Gavin Newsom explained in a San Francisco Chronicle story the campaign was prompted, in part, by area immigration raids last year causing illegal immigrants to shun medical treatment or report crimes.

“We are standing up to say to all of our residents: We don’t care what your status is,” the mayor said.

What else can be said be said about San Francisco and its politicians?

“We don’t care what your status is?” Well at least the Mexican government knows that Mayor Newsome won’t stand in it’s way when Mexico tries to reacquire California through this illegal alien invasion. In fact, Newsome is encouraging it.

We have states like Arizona, Oklahoma and Georgia cracking down on illegal immigration while a city like San Francisco advertises its new “Don’t ask. Don’t tell” policy towards the illegals.

How does this happen in America? Actually, is California still part of America? I really wonder sometimes. It’s like a quasi-dystopia.

http://blogs.chron.com/immigration/archives/2008/04/golden_gate_for_1.html

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