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Immigration Reform Bill Undermines Enforcement
Heritage Foundation ^ | December 29, 2009

Posted on 12/29/2009 4:37:36 AM PST by La Lydia

On December 15, Representative Luis Gutierrez of Illinois introduced his version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform to the House of Representatives. Amongst its many provisions, the bill would eliminate the successful 287(g) immigration enforcement program in which local law enforcement are trained and deputized by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to carry out federal immigration law.

Yet, Gutierrez’s bill is not the only blow made against 287(g) this year. Following an early 2009 GAO report that resulted in claims of racial profiling and a lack oversight and direction within 287(g), the Obama administration announced changes to the Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) that are signed by participating agencies. Law enforcement must now pursue the criminal charges for which an illegal alien is arrested rather than simply initiating removal, and are to limit immigration status checks to only those arrested for “major” offenses. These changes were a strike against the very heart of the program.

In the past seven years, more than 120,000 illegal immigrants have been identified within the US by the 66 state and local law enforcement agencies that have signed Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) to participate in 287(g). This program has helped to remove dangerous criminal aliens from the US. For example, one participating agency, the Davidson County Sherriff’s Office, has cited 287(g) in leading to the arrest of 90 gang leaders within their jurisdiction.

Before 287(g), when a suspected illegal immigrant was identified by local law enforcement, all that could be done was notify ICE and wait. In many cases, this meant that illegal immigrants went free because ICE simply did not have the manpower to retrieve all such individuals. 287(g) has offered a crucial force multiplier, adding roughly 1,000 deputized state and local law enforcement officers to the mix of those able to enforce federal immigration law.

287(g) offers a key tool in fighting crime and removing illegal immigrants from the United States. Recent legislation and executive action should not be allowed to bring an end to such a vital immigration enforcement program.

TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: amnesty; criminals; illegal; illegalaliens; importingdemvoters; importingpoverty
Open borders policy.
1 posted on 12/29/2009 4:37:38 AM PST by La Lydia
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2 posted on 12/29/2009 4:38:06 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Any “law maker” who suports this “crap” should be politically “drawn and quartered”!

3 posted on 12/29/2009 4:46:32 AM PST by WellyP
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Link to the 92 co-sponsors

4 posted on 12/29/2009 4:51:50 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

one positive about Delta Flight this is DOA.

5 posted on 12/29/2009 4:54:38 AM PST by scooby321
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To: WellyP
Yet more evidence that our elected leaders serve not the interests of the US citizen, but rather the open borders, one world government super-elite.

To put it another way, it's us versus George Soros, and I'll be damned if I let a heathen foreigner (he's Hungarian or something, secular jew, hates God) destroy my country. If there be blood in this coming conflict, I want it to be that of the usurpers and oppressors, like Soros et al, and not that of innocent Americans.

6 posted on 12/29/2009 5:09:47 AM PST by I Buried My Guns ( Now is the time to draw up plans to defend your neighborhood from looters.)
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To: La Lydia

Its getin’ to the point where We the People will need to start conducting very public and televised questioning of our elected officials every time they set foor in their districts as to why WE THE PEOPLE get less representation than anybody else in the world it seems.

7 posted on 12/29/2009 5:12:32 AM PST by mo
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To: La Lydia
Americans are being betrayed by a government that refuses to protect them.
8 posted on 12/29/2009 5:19:33 AM PST by Liz
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Oct 25, 2009 American Patrol Report Savage Zetas, descendants of the Aztecs, known for beheading and dismembering their enemies, are integrating their primitive savagery into the US.

In his groundbreaking book, Wakeup Call from Mexico, Wilson Beck describes how the dark side of Mexico stretches back to the days of the Aztecs when hundreds of thousands of people were sacrificed and eaten each year. He says today many young men in Mexico are enamored with the idea of being descendants of the Aztecs.

Now, according to the Houston Chronicle, the brutal savage Zetas, known for beheading and dismembering their enemies, are tightening their grip on an area bordering Southern Texas.

Critics say our CIA and State Department are well aware of the dark side of Mexico and regularly brief U.S. presidents on the reality south of the border.

Despite this, President Bush, and now President Obama, have been secretly working to integrate the US and Mexico into a common political and economic unit.

“It is unfortunate that Mexico got off to such a bad start,” said Glenn Spencer of the American Patrol Report,” but it is wrong to sacrifice the United States of America to correct problems south of the border.”

Spencer said while Mexicans are being besieged, which is nothing new for them, Americans are being betrayed by a government that refuses to protect them.

9 posted on 12/29/2009 5:23:54 AM PST by Liz
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Luis Gutierrez is a traitor and an unregistered agent of a foreign government. He should arrested, tried, and permanently retired.

Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

10 posted on 12/29/2009 6:03:43 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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These legislooters and religious ‘leaders’ better start listening to the people!

NEW Poll: Pew and Pulpit Disagree on Immigration

Zogby Survey Finds Religious Leaders and Members at Odds

WASHINGTON (December 29, 2009) - In contrast to many national religious leaders who are lobbying for increases in immigration, a new Zogby poll of likely voters who belong to the same religious communities finds strong support for reducing overall immigration. Moreover, members strongly disagree with their leaders’ contention that more immigrant workers need to be allowed into the country. Also, most parishioners and congregants prefer more enforcement to cause illegal workers to go home, rather than legalization of illegal immigrants, which most religious leaders prefer. The survey of Catholic, mainline Protestant, born-again Protestant, and Jewish voters used neutral language and was one of the largest polls on immigration ever done.

Among the findings:

Most members of religious denominations do not feel that illegal immigration is caused by limits on legal immigration, as many religious leaders do; instead, members feel it’s due to a lack of enforcement.

* Catholics: Just 11 percent said illegal immigration was caused by not letting in enough legal immigrants; 78 percent said it was caused by inadequate enforcement efforts.
* Mainline Protestants: 18 percent said not enough legal immigration; 78 percent said inadequate enforcement.
* Born-Again Protestants: 9 percent said not enough legal immigration; 85 percent said inadequate enforcement.
* Jews: 21 percent said not enough legal immigration; 60 percent said inadequate enforcement.

Unlike religious leaders who argue that more unskilled immigrant workers are needed, most members think there are plenty of Americans to do such work.

* Catholics: 12 percent said legal immigration should be increased to fill such jobs; 69 percent said there are plenty of Americans available to do such jobs, employers just need to pay more.
* Mainline Protestants: 10 percent said increase immigration; 73 percent said plenty of Americans are available.
* Born-Again Protestants: 7 percent said increase immigration; 75 percent said plenty of Americans are available.
* Jews: 16 percent said increase immigration; 61 percent said plenty of Americans available.

When asked to choose between enforcement that would cause illegal immigrants to go home over time or a conditional pathway to citizenship, most members choose enforcement.

* Catholics: 64 percent support enforcement to encourage illegals to go home; 23 percent support conditional legalization.
* Mainline Protestants: 64 percent support enforcement; 24 percent support legalization.
* Born-Again Protestants: 76 percent support enforcement; 12 percent support legalization.
* Jews: 43 percent support enforcement; 40 percent support legalization.

In contrast to many religious leaders, most members think immigration is too high.

* Catholics: 69 percent said immigration is too high; 4 percent said too low; 14 percent just right.
* Mainline Protestants: 72 percent said too high; 2 percent said too low; 11 percent just right.
* Born-Again Protestants: 78 percent too high; 3 percent said too low; 9 percent just right.
* Jews: 50 percent said it is too high; 5 percent said too low; 22 percent just right.

Most major denominations agree that illegal immigrants must be treated humanely. But the leadership often goes much further and takes the position that illegal immigration is caused, at least in part, by not letting in enough legal immigrants. They then call for increases in the number of workers and family members allowed into the country. For example, early this year, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) issued a resolution stating that, “Due to the limited number of visas, millions have entered the United States without proper documentation.” The NAE then calls for increases in the number of immigrant workers allowed in. The Catholic Church states that the law must be reformed so that more “laborers from other countries can enter the country legally.” The Episcopal Church adopted a resolution in July of this year stating that, “Immigrants are filling the jobs that go unwanted and unfilled by U.S. citizens.” The resolution makes clear more immigrant workers need to be allowed in legally. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in November 2009 adopted a document that states illegal immigrants do jobs that “citizens often will not do” and that legal immigration should be increased to meet, “the annual need for foreign workers.” A Commission of the Union for Reform Judaism argues that limits on immigration contribute to illegal immigration, and calls for legislation that “Increases the number of visas allowing unskilled laborers to work in the U.S.”

Most parishioners believe that enforcing the law and improving the wages and working conditions of unskilled workers to attract more Americans is the best way to deal with illegal immigration. The huge divide between leaders and members means that if there is a full-blown immigration debate next year it will be all the more contentious, with Jewish and Christian leaders on one side of the issue, their members on the other, and elected officials in the middle.

11 posted on 12/29/2009 10:13:29 AM PST by AuntB (If Al Qaeda grew drugs & burned our forests instead of armed Mexican Cartels would anyone notice?)
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