Skip to comments.Feds Arrest 183 Illegal Immigrants in Fla.
Posted on 04/24/2006 11:20:43 AM PDT by LouAvul
MIAMI - Federal immigration authorities arrested 183 fugitives and other illegal immigrants in Florida alone last week, the state's largest roundup in a single week, officials said Monday.
The arrests included people convicted of sex offenses, child abuse, cocaine trafficking and weapons violations. They were originally from 26 countries and most eventually will be deported.
"Anybody who is a fugitive from justice is a danger to the community," said Michael Rozos, the field director in Miami of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "Operation Phoenix" effort to find and deport fugitive illegal immigrants.
"These operations have been going on for years, but they have become more focused," he said.
Of the 183 arrested, 130 were fugitives who had already been ordered deported by an immigration judge. The remaining 53 were also illegal immigrants who happened to be present when fugitives were taken into custody, Rozos said.
The fugitive operation is separate from another ICE-led crackdown on employers who hire and harbor illegal immigrants. Rozos said both are part of the Secure Border Initiative, a Homeland Security Department plan intended to beef up enforcement of existing immigration laws inside the U.S. and toughen border security.
Ninety-five of those arrested were in South Florida, 35 were arrested in Tampa, 30 in Jacksonville and 23 in Orlando, according to ICE.
>183 arrests isn't a confidence inspiring number.
But its starting to send a message.
From 26 countries? Good grief, it's worse than I thought.
Expect resident crank "DAne" to show up and REALLY get this thread mucked up.
Helicopter+Drop+Now= a good start.
And how many more like this are out there just waiting to be found? I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth here, but it's damn aggravating to think how many truly bad people could get picked up and shipped back RIGHT NOW if the will was there to do it.
Slightly off topic. But shouldn't we Americans promote a national boycott of all illegal labor? After all, we have all the money. Perhaps it's time to tighten the belt a little and mow our own yards, cook our own meals and clean our own houses. Just a thought...
George Bush must be weeping today.
Coupled with the arrests made last week and some of those being employers, it's at least a beginning. I'm not going to be too quick to criticize when ICE is starting to do the right thing. If it's forgotten in a couple weeks, I'll be speaking out loudly.
So, have they all been released yet?
Of course, they all will have promised to return at a later date for their hearing, I'm sure.
"The arrests included people convicted of sex offenses, child abuse, cocaine trafficking and weapons violations. They were originally from 26 countries and most eventually will be deported."
"Most"?! Which ones fit the criteria for remaining in the country? It must be the child abusers and molestors, since Florida is a haven for the scumbags.
were all of them released on a promise that they'd show up for their court date?
A drop in the bucket that I can't help but to think is just window dressing for the November elections. Do this several times a day for the next 6 months and I might change my mind about Bush's "sincerity" of wanting to get a handle on illegal immigration.
Have they given 'em their court dates and let 'em go yet?
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "Operation Phoenix"
Arising from the ashes of its former self????
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