Skip to comments.Can You Change America? Part 2
Posted on 12/08/2002 4:40:39 PM PST by B4Ranch
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All, Here's the update.
How Do I Report Suspected Illegal Aliens or Suspected Illegal Immigration Activity?
What Is Considered An Illegal Activity Under Immigration Law?
Where Can I Find the Law?
How Can I Report Suspected Illegal Alien Activity or a Suspected Illegal Alien?
How Will My Information Be Used?
The main thrust of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 was on illegal immigrants. Indeed, most of its provisions were aimed at improving the ability of law enforcement agencies, including the enforcement units of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), to deter illegal migration and combat illegal immigration activity. Therefore, the INS is interested in identifying, and then removing, illegal immigrants from the United States, and in prosecuting those caught pursuing criminal immigration activities.
The United States, as a nation of immigrants, is an ethnically and religiously diverse country. In the years since our establishment, we have become a country with a large number of ethnically diverse native born groups. To this diversity we must add the annual arrival of hundreds of thousands of additional immigrants including those coming in through the Diversity Lottery Visa Program -- authorized by the Immigration Act of 1990. People will look and act differently because of this rich diversity. Not everyone who looks or acts different is here illegally. Most of the neighbors and friends and people encountered during daily living will be Americans or aliens here legally for short- or long-term reasons. It is virtually impossible to know the immigration status of people in the United States just by looking at them or listening to them speak. And, as is well known, it is illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of race, religion, national origin and so on.
While identifying and dealing with illegal immigration activities is an important element of the INS core mandate, safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans and aliens is also important. The procedures below detail ways for people to report suspected illegal aliens or suspected illegal immigration activities to the INS. INS professionals are the ones with the training and information needed to determine whether or not these suspicions might warrant further investigation.
Therefore, while we appreciate the tips, INS will investigate and follow up according to its internal policies, priorities and procedures. Persons reporting such activities should not expect to see immediately any particular action one way or the other. Even in those cases where further investigation is warranted, it takes time for the facts to be known, true status determined, and action authorized.
Here are some examples of the most common violations of United States Immigration laws:
(This is not a complete list of violations.)
Each INS field office has a specific process for reporting suspected illegal alien activity. You should first decide where the suspected illegal alien activity or illegal alien is located. Our offices have areas of jurisdiction that are generally determined by state boundaries. Please see our field offices home page to find the location of the immigration office that will need the information you can provide. Each field office home page has a section entitled "About Us." Within this section, look under "Contacting Us" and then scroll down to "Enforcement Activities." Here we explain how to report suspected illegal alien activity or illegal aliens.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service receives hundreds of notifications of suspected illegal alien activity and suspected illegal aliens each year. We use this information in planning our enforcement efforts. The INS does not provide status on specific reports of illegal activity. Many enforcement actions occur as a result of several sources of information.
Normally, the person that provides the information will not be contacted after the initial report is filed nor kept informed of any actions by INS. The person providing the information is not required to give his/her name or other personal information.
We greatly appreciate the assistance of the public in identifying possible suspected illegal alien activity and suspected illegal aliens. If you provide information, it will be evaluated and used to help us better enforce our immigration laws.
Another viable option is to start filing lawsuits against local, state, and federal government like this org did:
California Coalition for Immigration Reform
Other active and somewhat effective organizations:
Federation for American Immigration Reform (largest lobbying group)
Americans for Immigration Control
The Sierra Times has learned that Chris Simcox, founder of the Citizens Border Patrol, is preparing to take the border battle to the next level, including protests and a pledge to conduct citizens' arrest on businesses that hire illegal aliens. Simcox told The Sierra Times, "I have been in contact with Governor elect [Janet] Napolitano's office; we are attempting to schedule a meeting when we will petition her to recognize, sanction and give power to our groups as members of the state militia."
Napolitano, a newly elected Democrat, has recently criticized the activities of Simcox and others along Arizona's southern border, and has joined the call for hearings on the matter which are scheduled for January 6. Simcox is also asking for for funds with which to train new members of the Civil Homeland Defense.
"We are also applying for a grant to receive some of the $400,000 FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has allocated to Arizona for homeland security," said Simcox.
If Napolitano does not agree to a meeting, according to Simcox, a peaceful yet vocal protest is being planned during the swearing in ceremony for Napolitano on January 6. The ceremony will be held in Phoenix.
"We have told her that we will also begin a sweep of citizen's arrests on businesses that violate U.S. criminal codes involving hiring/harboring or transporting illegal aliens into this country," said Simcox.
Simcox warns law enforcement and businesses owners that they will also begin holding them accountable for criminal activities involving illegal employees.
US Code Title 8, section 1324a states "Any person who hires/harbors/transports any illegal alien, regardless of his knowledge of their immigration status, is guilty of a felony punishable by 10 years jail + $2000 fine per illegal alien + forfeiture of the vehicle or property used to commit the crime". Section 1324c states, "All officers whose duty it is to enforce criminal laws shall have authority to make arrests for a violation of any provision of this section" (affirmed US v Perez-Gonzalez 2002 Fed App 0360, 6th Circ.). Section 1644, same title states, "No local ordinance, rule, or measure shall stop law enforcement officers from enforcement of this section" (affirmed Southern District Court of NY, US v Rudy Guiliani,1996).
Any false ID shown to "prove" immigration status is a separate felony, anywhere in the United States. Simcox stated, "...Ask them for [identification], if none, make the arrest based upon 'information and belief' that they have entered the U.S. at other than an official Border crossing station. If they trespassed private property, that is yet another felony." Simcox also calls for full video coverage of events, even "video the video operator."
On Tuesday, the FEMA Region IX notified the governor's office that Arizona will receive a grant of nearly $400,000 to support the growth of Citizen Corps activities, including the formation of Citizen Corps Councils and the expansion of FEMA's Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) program, which trains individuals in emergency response skills. The funds are being provided through the fiscal year 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Act For Further Recovery From and Response to Terrorist Attacks.
The Arizona Division of Emergency Management has been delivering the Citizen Corps message across the state and many Arizona communities are joining and expressing interest in the program," said FEMA Regional director Jeff Griffin. "This grant will give Arizona and its local communities a down payment on plans to have all citizens better prepared to respond to disasters of all kinds and to build a nation prepared."
In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush issued a call to all Americans to engage in volunteer service, and announced the creation of USA Freedom Corps to help individuals answer that call to service.
President Bush established the Citizen Corps initiative, a component of the USA Freedom Corps, to provide individuals with opportunities to volunteer in a range of homeland security measures within their communities.
Citizen Corps' mission is to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds by engaging individuals in emergency preparedness and response through education, training, and volunteer service. The Citizen Corps initiative includes programs administered by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, as well as FEMA, which is also responsible for coordinating Citizen Corps nationwide.
FEMA is the federal agency that coordinates response efforts to federally declared disaster. The agency's 10 regional offices work directly with states to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disaster. The agency's number one goal is to reduce loss of life and property. FEMA Region IX serves the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.
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