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The Politically-Timed Immigration Raids
Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 4/20/06 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 04/20/2006 6:13:52 AM PDT by Pessimist

I speak regularly with dedicated men and women who work for the Department of Homeland Security, and especially agents from across the country who work for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

I can tell you based on my reporting over the last five years that the Bush administration's belated efforts to look tough on immigration enforcement at worksites amount to a cynical, politically timed effort to salvage the White House's guest worker program dreams and schemes. I'm referring to this story linked prominently today on Drudge and spread elsewhere:

(Excerpt) Read more at michellemalkin.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; ice; illegalaliens; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist
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To: Pessimist

Until some personnel managers and COOs/CEOs get jail time PLUS BIG PERSONAL FINES, nothing will change.


2 posted on 04/20/2006 6:18:21 AM PDT by pikachu (For every action there is an equal and opposite government program)
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To: pikachu

That will never happen. Forget about tipping points, we're already over the edge.


3 posted on 04/20/2006 6:20:54 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Pessimist
Check out the table too.

That is the same table that does not recognize that INS ceased investigations in March 2003 because it ceased to exist. The original chart has a footnote to that effect.
4 posted on 04/20/2006 6:22:24 AM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: Pessimist
cynical, politically timed effort

Transparently so. It makes the blood boil.

5 posted on 04/20/2006 6:26:16 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: P-40
That is the same table that does not recognize that INS ceased investigations in March 2003 because it ceased to exist. The original chart has a footnote to that effect.

So you are saying the production of this chart is a "politically timed event" on Malkin's part? Is there more data that needs to be prsented?

6 posted on 04/20/2006 6:27:22 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Pessimist

Can some kind person cut and paste this Michelle Malkin article and the one in which she hits back at the Dummies. and mail it to me. I'm in Kabul, and while I can get FR to load, thankfully, I haven't been able to open MichelleMalkin.com since I've been here.


7 posted on 04/20/2006 6:32:34 AM PDT by NavVet (“Benedict Arnold was wounded in battle fighting for America, but no one remembers him for that.”)
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To: rhombus
real reasons for the bust
8 posted on 04/20/2006 6:40:01 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: NavVet
POLITICALLY-TIMED IMMIGRATION RAIDS By Michelle Malkin
April 20, 2006 09:05 AM

I speak regularly with dedicated men and women who work for the Department of Homeland Security, and especially agents from across the country who work for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

I can tell you based on my reporting over the last five years that the Bush administration's belated efforts to look tough on immigration enforcement at worksites amount to a cynical, politically timed effort to salvage the White House's guest worker program dreams and schemes. I'm referring to this story linked prominently today on Drudge and spread elsewhere:

Federal immigration authorities rounded up more than 1,000 illegal immigrants at dozens of sites and charged nine individuals of the firm that employed them, federal law enforcement officials announced. Seven current and former managers of IFCO Systems, which has offices in several states, were arrested and charged in connection with the employment of illegal immigrants, said U.S. Attorney Glenn Suddaby in Albany, New York.

Suddaby said two lower level employees were also charged in the case.

Wednesday's action against IFCO Systems -- an industry leader in the manufacture of wooden pallets, crates and containers -- came as Homeland Security and Justice Department officials prepared to announce steps to toughen internal enforcement of the nation's immigration laws.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and other Bush administration officials and a federal prosecutor will appear at the agency's Washington headquarters Thursday. They will announce the new strategy aimed at employers and disclose the results of the enforcement actions targeting IFCO Systems.

Customs officials said agents made more than a thousand arrests in nearly 40 locations including Houston, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; and Albany, New York.

Well, this is all sounds good and tough...until you look at the Bush administration's record for the last several years. Don't be fooled.

For those covering DHS Secretary Chertoff's press conference today, ask him to explain this:

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/images/employerstats.jpg">

As Rubenstein points out, this means that from 1997 to 2003, worksite arrests under the Bush administration fell by a factor of some 97 percent since 1997--and plunged by another 2/3rds by 2004.

Where have they been all this time?

As for getting tough on employers, Rubenstein also notes these stunning statistics: "[O]f the 3,064 workforce investigations closed [in 2004], fines were imposed in just 3 (three!) of them – one out of one thousand. . By contrast, fines were imposed in about 11 percent of closed investigations in 1997."

Notices of intent to fine employers:

1997: 865 1999: 417 2000: 178 2001: 100 2003: 162 2004: 3

Based on my reporting and interviews with ICE agents, I can also tell you that this week's dog-and-pony show will result in very few of the arrested illegal aliens actually being deported. Despite what the administration claims, "catch and release" is still the order of the day.

Just ask local and federal law enforcement officers in the Galveston, Texas, area, where in January of this year, following a collaborative effort between local police and area ICE agents, some 62 illegal aliens were caught at a day labor site...and released after local open-borders activists from LULAC kicked up a fuss and Washington ordered its local ICE agents to cave in. It happens every day.

More Bush-era catch-and-release background:here and here and here. and here. Must-read from indefatigable deportation analyst Juan Mann here.

You want "comprehensive immigration reform?" Then stop talking about making existing problems worse by piling on a new guest worker/amnesty program.

Clean our own house first.

9 posted on 04/20/2006 6:44:13 AM PDT by Timeout (I hate MediaCrats!)
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To: Pessimist
Well duh!

Who would of thunk that these raids on illegal law breakers was spontaneous.

Both parties are playing the American public for suckers.

No Amnesty of any type.

Please don't sell my birthright citizenship for $2,000.00 dollars so Murdering Teddy Boy Kennedy can feel good about having to face Saint Peter and being cast into the fires of Hell.
10 posted on 04/20/2006 6:46:11 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: NavVet

I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOU
by Michelle Malkin

[I'll try to include links on this one. T.]

You know who you all are.

And if you think I'm going to stop blogging/writing/making a living because you've plastered my family's private home address, phone numbers, and photos and maps of my neighborhood all over the Internet to further your manufactured outrage and pathetic coddling of a bunch of lying, anti-troops punks at UC Santa Cruz...

...you better think again.

***

Oh, and here's just a reminder of the kind of poor, "peaceful," innocent "children" at Santa Cruz engaged in throwing rocks(http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1682911.php), slashing tires(http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/04/12/BAG3KI7INT1.DTL), and running military recruiters off their campus(http://www.google.com/search?q=santa+cruz+recruiters&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official):

Click here(http://mattfitt.com/gallery2/v/Activism/AntiRecruitUCSC/FuckTheArmy.jpg.html).

And here(http://mattfitt.com/gallery2/v/Activism/AntiRecruitUCSC/Welcome.jpg.html).

That's what this is all about--not me. Them.

***


11 posted on 04/20/2006 6:50:28 AM PDT by Timeout (I hate MediaCrats!)
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To: rhombus
So you are saying the production of this chart is a "politically timed event" on Malkin's part?

It would not be so on her part, nor was it the intention of whoever created the chart because they did clearly state what the data did and did not cover. She probably just did not see the original chart and footnote. For whatever reason, the footnote is generally not with the chart.
12 posted on 04/20/2006 6:50:32 AM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: P-40
She probably just did not see the original chart and footnote. For whatever reason, the footnote is generally not with the chart.

Can you point us all to this original chart? Is what is being reported essentually true or untrue?

13 posted on 04/20/2006 6:53:47 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Pessimist
Anybody got an Impeach Bush bumper sticker?

I'm going to predict you get booted before Bush gets impeached. Wanna bet?

14 posted on 04/20/2006 6:55:54 AM PDT by sinkspur (Things are about to happen that will answer all your questions and solve all your problems.)
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To: rhombus
Is what is being reported essentually true or untrue?

It is both true and not true. Call it a Michael Moore moment. The chart is correct in what it reports but incorrect because of what is left out.

Let me search for the original report.
15 posted on 04/20/2006 6:59:52 AM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: Pessimist

I've got a "Four More Years!" sticker you're welcome to have.


16 posted on 04/20/2006 7:08:27 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Pessimist

"Anybody got an Impeach Bush bumper sticker?
"

Anybody got a Ban Trolls bumper sticker?


17 posted on 04/20/2006 7:09:34 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: MineralMan

or a "Bush for Pres - For Life" sticker? hahaha j/k


18 posted on 04/20/2006 7:15:40 AM PDT by groovejedi
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To: P-40

BTTT


19 posted on 04/20/2006 7:15:57 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: Timeout
I agree with Michelle Malkin but who cares if it's politically motivated, it just means that Bush has begun to hear the will of the people so why knock it? Keep the pressure on and there will be more but if someone is just going to Bash Bush for doing something then he might just say the hell with everyone because it's damned if you, damned if you don't!
20 posted on 04/20/2006 7:18:20 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: sinkspur; MineralMan; Coop

So then, just for the record...

You all support and agree with Bush's border enforcement record. Right?

C'mon... Come right out and say it. You think this is good.


21 posted on 04/20/2006 7:18:46 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist
You think this is good.

That you got slapped by having your post pulled?

I'm doing the happy dance as we speak.

23 posted on 04/20/2006 7:20:34 AM PDT by sinkspur (Things are about to happen that will answer all your questions and solve all your problems.)
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To: Pessimist

24 posted on 04/20/2006 7:20:46 AM PDT by evets (S.o.a.P)
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To: glorgau

.....Transparently so. It makes the blood boil.....

Balderdash..... if the raid had been made a year earlier it would have been condemned for being so harsh on the poor illegals. Only after the body politic was in full hue and cry coudld such a raid with resulting prosecutions be possible.

There is nothing wrong with political timing. As a matter of fact timing is essential to effective governance. You asked for it, in fact demanded it, and now you got it.


25 posted on 04/20/2006 7:22:10 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Pessimist

Why Bash Bush for doing something, politically motivated or not?


26 posted on 04/20/2006 7:22:23 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: sinkspur

You didn't answer my question.


27 posted on 04/20/2006 7:24:21 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist
So then, just for the record...

You think the guy who is keeping you safe (that's right, SAFE!) should be impeached because you're not happy with the slow progress on your pet issue?

And then you wonder why some of us don't take you seriously...

28 posted on 04/20/2006 7:28:03 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Pessimist

"You all support and agree with Bush's border enforcement record. Right?
"

No, I do not support it. I believe that much more should be done to get illegals out of the country, and I have said so many times.

However, calls for the impeachment of our President are unwarranted and defeatist. Rather, you should call for him to redouble the efforts to control the border.

I think this particular effort is more of a publicity stunt than anything else. On the other hand, if enough people praise the ICE's action, rather than calling for President Bush's head on a platter, we just might get more action.

You'll make few friends here with your "Impeach Bush" nonsense.


29 posted on 04/20/2006 7:29:40 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: mdbob

"Wether you like it or not, this is a major issue."

It is, indeed. I'm not objecting to Malkin's column. I'm objecting to the poster's call for impeachment of the President.


30 posted on 04/20/2006 7:30:50 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: bert

"Only after the body politic was in full hue and cry coudld such a raid with resulting prosecutions be possible. "

Soo then your claim is that Bush's entire open borders policy so far has been just a ruse to allow this single raid of 100 illegals?

Man, how good was that Kool Aid?


31 posted on 04/20/2006 7:31:17 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: sinkspur

Hey, BTW... Love that tag line:

"sinkspur (Things are about to happen that will answer all your questions and solve all your problems.) "

Sound to me like the desperate hopes of someone who refuses to believe the events as they unfold.

Enjoy your Kool Aid.


32 posted on 04/20/2006 7:33:08 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist

"Man, how good was that Kool Aid?
"

Slowly you turn...step by step...inch by inch, you creep up on getting tossed.

It is possible to disagree with President Bush's policies in one area without calling for his impeachment. You're on dangerous ground, Pessimist.


33 posted on 04/20/2006 7:33:29 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: MineralMan

You didn't answer my question. Are you in favor of not enforcing the laws of our nation with regards to illegal immigration?

If you are, just say so.


34 posted on 04/20/2006 7:34:42 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: tobyhill

I don't think it matters. I noticed this morning that ACORN is involved in these rallies. ACORN is the group that conducts all those (Dem-sponsored) "non partisan" voter registration drives. They've been caught in many fraud schemes.
(Google: "ACORN voter registration fraud")

Now they're going to do voter registration drives among the illegals. What's to stop their registering non-citizens? Nothing. Most registrar's offices rely on the voter signing a sworn statement that he's elligible. That's it. So ACORN will register (perhaps millions of) new voters and the registrar offices will just go along.

Once they're registered to vote, it won't matter what happens in the Senate or with Bush. The Dems will have surrepticously acheived their true goal.


35 posted on 04/20/2006 7:35:19 AM PDT by Timeout (I hate MediaCrats!)
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To: Pessimist; MineralMan

Sorry, I didn't see you're response befofe my last comment.


36 posted on 04/20/2006 7:36:31 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist

"You didn't answer my question. Are you in favor of not enforcing the laws of our nation with regards to illegal immigration?
"

I did answer your question. I'll speak more slowly, so you'll understand me:

I...want...all...illegals...deported.

How's that? That's what I want. What you appear to want is the impeachment of our President because you don't like the way he's handled the illegal immigrant issue. I have many priorities. Illegals are just one of them.


37 posted on 04/20/2006 7:36:37 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: Coop

You didn't answer my question.


38 posted on 04/20/2006 7:38:30 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist
Hey, BTW... Love that tag line:

"sinkspur (Things are about to happen that will answer all your questions and solve all your problems.) "

Sound to me like the desperate hopes of someone who refuses to believe the events as they unfold.

They're the words of Michael Corleone to his crew on the night before he settled all family business by whacking the heads of the other four New York families.

Keep posting in favor of Bush's impeachment, and they'll seem very prescient.

39 posted on 04/20/2006 7:41:40 AM PDT by sinkspur (Things are about to happen that will answer all your questions and solve all your problems.)
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To: Timeout
I apologize, I hit the wrong response but I did hear about this and hope that these idiots start getting caught for making terroristic threats then get their butts thrown in jail.
40 posted on 04/20/2006 7:42:30 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Pessimist

I'm not interested in your question. I'm marginally interested in your ridiculous rhetoric.


41 posted on 04/20/2006 7:42:42 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: MineralMan

I have several priorities too.

Primary among them really is the size of our federal government. Bush has done terribly on that.

Another is our coddling of the lazy. He's done terribly on that too (N.O. as just one example)

Then there's federal involvement and spending in education. He's dobuled the federal education budget.

Then there's unfunded promises - Prescription Drug benefit.

Oh yeah... and the illegal immigration thing.


42 posted on 04/20/2006 7:43:28 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: sinkspur

Ooooooh! You gonna "whack" me sinkspur?

Should I be "virtually" afraid now?


43 posted on 04/20/2006 7:44:26 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: pikachu

I would like to see a follow up on this news coverage. I would like to see how many of these illegals are back at work on Monday. I doubt they were driven much more than out of camera shot, had their name and address recorder and were then released.

I would really like to know. Then we would know if we're having our collective you know what's pulled or if the administration is serious. If they aren't being deported, it is YET ANOTHER waste of taxpayer money on this issue.


44 posted on 04/20/2006 7:46:38 AM PDT by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: Coop

"Not interested" in my question huh?

How come? Can't quite bring yourself to criticize your boy can you?


45 posted on 04/20/2006 7:46:57 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist

What did not happen before will be lost in what happens forward.


46 posted on 04/20/2006 7:48:07 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: groovejedi

How about a "Remove Bush in '08" bumper sticker? [smirk]


47 posted on 04/20/2006 7:49:02 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Pessimist
Should I be "virtually" afraid now?

No. You should be "really" embarrassed.

48 posted on 04/20/2006 7:49:39 AM PDT by sinkspur (Things are about to happen that will answer all your questions and solve all your problems.)
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To: Pessimist

Too much excitement...zz [!]... for me...
49 posted on 04/20/2006 7:49:58 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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Rules.
50 posted on 04/20/2006 7:51:01 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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