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Feds nab illegal immigrants in western Michigan
South Bend Tribune ^ | September 15. 2006 | JAMES PRICHARD Associated Press

Posted on 09/15/2006 5:25:11 PM PDT by mdittmar

GRAND RAPIDS — Federal immigration officials have completed a five-day sweep of western Michigan in which they apprehended 54 fugitive illegal immigrants who had disappeared after receiving deportation orders.

They also captured an illegal immigrant with an extensive criminal history who had illegally re-entered the United States after being removed, officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday.

The initiative, dubbed "Operation Return to Sender," started Sept. 8 and ended Wednesday. The agency focused its efforts within the triangle formed by Lansing, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek.

The sweep was part of an "interior immigration enforcement strategy" that is a component of a multiyear plan by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to secure the nation's borders and reduce illegal immigration.

The nationwide operation started in June and has resulted in the arrests of 2,179 illegal immigrants to date.

Agents and officers from the Detroit office of ICE, which is part of Homeland Security, carried out the enforcement operation. The sheriff's offices of Calhoun and Kent counties provided "significant assistance," ICE said.

Those arrested range in age from 20 to 62 years. They are citizens of 13 countries: Burma, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Turkey and Yugoslavia.

"Taking fugitive aliens off our streets remains a top ICE priority," said Robin Baker, field office director for the agency's Detention and Removal Operations Office in Detroit.

"The enforcement targets apprehended in this operation had their day in court and were ordered deported by a federal immigration judge. Each alien was allowed to the leave the U.S. on the judge's terms. Now they face deportation on ICE's terms."

Baker oversees an area that includes Michigan and Ohio.

Among the 55 people arrested, 11 have criminal records for convictions ranging from breaking and entering to assault with the intent to do great bodily harm. Fifty-four of the 55 failed to comply with final orders of removal issued by federal immigration judges.

The other person taken into custody is a six-time criminal who previously was deported, said ICE spokesman Gregory Palmore. Re-entering the United States after having been deported is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; bordersecurity; illegalaliens; immigranlist; invasionusa; nab; terrorists
Whew!,I was afraid their might be some terrorists coming across the border.

Guess not,just some folks that want to do "a job Americans won't do"

1 posted on 09/15/2006 5:25:12 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
During its first five years, the Bush administration prosecuted fewer employers of illegals annually than the Clinton administration.

It's amazing how, all of a sudden - with an election coming up, we're arresting illegal aliens. I wonder how many will be arrested after mid-term elections.
2 posted on 09/15/2006 5:29:33 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: BW2221
"I wonder how many will be arrested after mid-term elections."

I think we already know the answer.

3 posted on 09/15/2006 5:31:14 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: cripplecreek

You may find this of interest.


4 posted on 09/15/2006 5:39:20 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: mdittmar
Burma, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Turkey and Yugoslavia.

Ain't diversity grand?

A sweep of eastern Michigan might be interesting too.
5 posted on 09/15/2006 5:41:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

I'm already on it.


6 posted on 09/15/2006 5:42:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: BW2221; Czar
Politicians of all parties are going to get us killed.

If we get hit again,their 30 second sound bites won't mean a damn thing.

7 posted on 09/15/2006 5:43:18 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: mdittmar

They picked a poor place to live, Grand Rapids/Western Michigan is one of the most conservative areas in the state. If they tried here in Southeastern Michigan, they probabley would still be here.


8 posted on 09/15/2006 5:44:38 PM PDT by knightofchaos
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


9 posted on 09/15/2006 5:48:08 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: mdittmar

"They are citizens of 13 countries: Burma, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Turkey and Yugoslavia."

So much for the myth that only Mexicans are illegally "immigrating" to the U.S..
Also underscores the importance of tightening up the varied visas that are being abused to reach the U.S. from other continents.

"Taking fugitive aliens off our streets remains a top ICE priority," said Robin Baker, field office director for the agency's Detention and Removal Operations Office in Detroit".

TOP PRIORITY! LOL!
More like a rare publicity stunt to shore up their tattered credibility.

"The enforcement targets apprehended in this operation had their day in court and were ordered deported by a federal immigration judge. Each alien was allowed to the leave the U.S. on the judge's terms. Now they face deportation on ICE's terms."

ICE terms should mean they leave with nothing more than a paper jumpsuit, everything they have here should be forfeit, it was all obtained via their illegal residency.
Bill their governments for the cost of their transportation out of the U.S.


10 posted on 09/15/2006 5:52:25 PM PDT by Richard-SIA ("The natural progress of things is for government to gain ground and for liberty to yield" JEFFERSON)
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To: mdittmar

If we get hit again, I would suggest our Washington crapweasels find someplace to hide. Fast.


11 posted on 09/15/2006 5:59:49 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: Czar

WHOOPEE DO 54 illegals out of 12 million. Whats the big F-ING deal with this. If they would get off their dead asses as do their job as they should there would be a steady stream abross the borders.


12 posted on 09/15/2006 6:24:32 PM PDT by snowman1
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To: mdittmar

These 55 good, upstanding foreign citizens just wanted to work. < /Dane >


13 posted on 09/15/2006 6:27:01 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: snowman1
"If they would get off their dead asses as do their job as they should there would be a steady stream abross the borders."

By now, it should be completely clear that Washington has no intention of protecting our borders. Forget about the oft quoted "rule of law". It means nothing.

14 posted on 09/15/2006 6:31:57 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: MaryFromMichigan
We need a mitten ping list. I nominate you to take care of it.

(Ducking and running)

15 posted on 09/15/2006 6:39:43 PM PDT by grellis (I don't know, let me ask my I Ching)
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To: knightofchaos
If they tried here in Southeastern Michigan, they probably would still be here.

...getting ready to vote five or six times in the upcoming elections.

16 posted on 09/15/2006 6:41:31 PM PDT by grellis (I don't know, let me ask my I Ching)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
These 55 good, upstanding foreign citizens just wanted to work. < /Dane >

Where is Dane...Maybe Dane was one of 'em...

17 posted on 09/15/2006 7:12:03 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Iscool

This is upsetting news for Dane...thats 55 of his beloved criminal illegals that wont be raping and robbing US citizens this week.


18 posted on 09/15/2006 7:21:51 PM PDT by X918
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To: mdittmar
Among the 55 people arrested, 11 have criminal records for convictions ranging from breaking and entering to assault with the intent to do great bodily harm.

But they're just here to work 24hrs a day and send 90% of their money back to their wife, 20kids and 100yo grandmother. Oh the pain and heartache!

19 posted on 09/15/2006 7:27:07 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Rabid ethnicist.)
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To: mdittmar

Darn, next thing we'll find out is that there are illegal immigrants from Arab countries living in Detroit.


20 posted on 09/15/2006 7:30:03 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: mdittmar

These illegals are only those with criminal records and previous deportation orders.

ICE is giving a pass to all the rest who have not committed a crime (yet). The other illegals are almost welcome to stay (and take carpenter and drywall and landscape jobs away from US citizens.)

And it all comes to an end on November 8, when amnesty will be passed either by a new Democrat Congress or a more emboldened Republican elite who needs to placate teir corporate demands for cheap labor.


21 posted on 09/15/2006 7:35:50 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Mitten Ping? Include me!


22 posted on 09/15/2006 8:04:01 PM PDT by MichiganCheese (My elected representatives represent foreign citizens more than they represent me.)
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To: mdittmar

Unfortunately, with our open borders, they are streaming in one hell of a lot faster than we are deporting them.


23 posted on 09/15/2006 8:45:48 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Put me on the Mitten Ping. I live close to the UP (der hey! Personally the UP should be its own state).


24 posted on 09/15/2006 8:48:33 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: BW2221

I'm all for arresting the illegals but what about the people who are hiring them?

That's like arresting the "Johns" instead of arresting the prostitutes. Arrest the prostitutes and you get rid of the "Johns". Arrest the employers and ............


25 posted on 09/15/2006 8:50:34 PM PDT by no dems ("25 homicides a day committed by Illegals" Ted Poe (R-TX) Houston Hearings 8/16/06)
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To: snowman1
WHOOPEE DO 54 illegals out of 12 million.

There are NOT 12 million illegal aliens in this country.

26 posted on 09/15/2006 8:50:54 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Czar
If we get hit again, I would suggest our Washington crapweasels find someplace to hide. Fast.

but...but...Czar, El Presidente Bush keeps telling us that amnesty for invaders will solve everything... It makes no difference to him that the majority of Americans are vehemently against it, he keeps pushing it, and many of the crapweasels in Washington smile and agree with him...

27 posted on 09/15/2006 10:40:24 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: BW2221

Smoke & Mirrors Part 1


28 posted on 09/16/2006 12:13:33 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: snowman1

You could work a grid from 2200 So. Oxnard Bl, to 100 No. Oxnard Bl(CA) and arrest 20,000 in one day!


29 posted on 09/16/2006 12:16:12 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: Czar
Yep and I'm smelling a new Conservative Revolution Party to emerge or better yet, another American Revolution.

This time against our own tyrannical, taxing, elitist, government.

30 posted on 09/16/2006 12:19:19 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: grellis; MichiganCheese; Extremely Extreme Extremist
We need a mitten ping list. I nominate you to take care of it.

Lol!
Thanks, so much, grellis!
I'd be glad to do it, but since there's only 4 of us at this point, why not just ping each other Michigan stuff?

For what it's worth, I also have a very low volume ping list, "Conservatives With Cojones".
31 posted on 09/16/2006 5:44:18 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Precisely

We call this eyewash in the military. Smells like election year subtrefuge to me as well.

Here in Texas there are "work centers" where they congregate and traitors go and hire them tax free. INS turns a blind eye to them, the local politicians in fact support and have ceded land to the project because their fat cat friends make a lot of money using them in their businesses and also as servants mowing their grass and cleaning their homes.


32 posted on 09/16/2006 2:09:48 PM PDT by soldier143
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To: BW2221

"I wonder how many will be arrested after mid-term elections."

Thats a no-brainer.....NONE!


33 posted on 09/17/2006 10:21:12 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: MaryFromMichigan
There used to be a way to access a master list of all freepers who carry the MI flag on their homepage. Last time I saw the list, it was a couple hundred names long.

We could always suggest a ping list on the MI homepage. I did a few years ago, but there was no interest. Mitten apathy!

34 posted on 09/18/2006 5:33:44 AM PDT by grellis (I don't know, let me ask my I Ching)
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