Skip to comments.18,000 Arrested in Illegals Sting
Posted on 04/08/2007 11:41:42 AM PDT by VU4G10
SAN DIEGO -- More than one-third of 18,000 people arrested in a nearly yearlong federal crackdown on illegal immigrants were not the people authorities targeted, according to government figures.
The so-called "collateral arrests" involved people picked up by immigration agents while seeking fugitives such as drug smugglers, thieves, drunken drivers and others who flouted deportation orders.
When tracking down fugitives, authorities visit a suspect's last known address and often find other immigrants, who are then asked to prove they are legally entitled to live in the United States.
Supporters of such tactics say the government is just doing its job after years of neglect.
"God bless 'em,"' said Peter Nunez, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego who teaches immigration policy at the University of San Diego. "They apparently decided to start with these fugitives. If you're going to find one (illegal immigrant), you're going to find 100."
Critics say the campaign against fugitive illegal immigrants ensnares many hard-working people who are in the country illegally but do not pose a danger.
"They're trying to sell it as something where they target (criminals) but it's become part of a larger dragnet," said Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee's office in San Diego.
Dubbed "Operation Return to Sender," the crackdown began last May in cities across the nation. As of Feb. 23, it has resulted in 18,149 arrests of suspected illegal immigrants, most of whom were captured at home and in Hispanic neighborhoods.
But, according to figures from Immigration and Custom Enforcement, 37 percent of those cases, or 6,696 arrests, were "collateral" captives _ people who just happened to be present when agents arrived. Such arrests account for more than half the total in four cities: Dallas and El Paso, Texas (59 percent); New York (54 percent); and San Diego (57 percent).
On Tuesday, ICE completed a two-week sting that targeted 300 fugitives in San Diego. Agents found 62 fugitives but took 297 other people into custody, bringing the total arrests to 359. The illegal immigrants were returned to their home countries or jailed while awaiting a court hearing.
The government defends the collateral arrests.
"We can't look the other way," said Robin Baker, ICE's director of detention and removals in San Diego. "We did that for too long." The agency's guidelines are to make arrests in houses, not in the streets, Baker said, adding that agents do not randomly search communities for illegal immigrants.
For some, the stings evoke memories of immigration raids that fell out of favor in the 1980s. Since then, immigration authorities have stayed close to U.S. borders but are increasingly venturing into homes and workplaces across the country.
"It didn't happen for a good 15 years," Baker said. "Now that it's opening up again, people don't like it. They got used to us not being there."
God bless ‘em
Illegal is the operative word! I don’t care if they have come here and turned into priests! They are illegal and will continue to be illegal every day they are in this country. The progressive establishment can utilize a plethora of terms, however, illegal is illegal every day of the week. We must start somewhere and it must begin with enforcement of the laws we have. As citizens, we are not allowed to pick and choose what laws we follow, and we are not allowed to pick and choose what taxes we pay. The Justice Department must enforce all the laws, including the Logan Act, which Nancy Pelosi could be prosecuted under.
About damned time.
ICE should have hung out at the big protest march yesterday. And had a fleet of prison busses to haul away the illegal bastards.
The arrogance of these criminals is galling!
Think for one second what the toll would be if our officials at all levels merely enforced the existing immigration laws that are now on the books.
Before we vote anybody in or out of office, how about making the bastards do their jobs first?
From the top down!
Boy, Geraldo had better not hear about this, or that carotid artery will surely burst this time.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
As is the number one advocate for these ILLAGALS in American government, george w bush.
If they're working, they're likely using a citizens SS #. For those whose identities are stolen, they do pose a danger and commit a felony. If they're using a TIN (taxpayer ID#) they'll pay a lot less in taxes than they get back on earned income credit. Using our tax dollars in this manner is a danger as well.
I agree. There is no reason in the world to send these people back to their own country and I mean all of the illegals.
To a hard core liberal like "J"eraldo "illegal" isn't a word, it's slang.
Yea, well I don't pose a threat by carrying a firearm but I still have to get a permit.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
It’s a nice number of ilegals picked up if your happy with one days worth of invaders.
Those critics can kiss my elbow.
Let them send checks for the support of the illegals so my taxes won't be used to support them.
Illegal is illegal and undesireable, danger or not.
Guess what bone head? If they're in the country illegally, they ARE criminals. Just what don't you get about this concept?
You are deranged.
President Bush *formed* ICE, fired two federal prosecutors for not prosecuting illegals (ooooh, the big "Attorney-gate scandal"), and this is a news story about Bush's efforts resulting in 18,000 arrests...yet you are so *deranged* that you hold up President Bush as a proponent of the very thing for which he's arresting thousands.
Look, spare me the "it's not enough" and "too little, too late" clap-trap. You're just unappeasable.
You should be banned as a left-wing troll.
Look Pedro, being here illegally is a crime in itself. Some of us don't care how "hard working" anyone is if they have entered illegally.
Pay attention, if you can. There are many FReepers who feel bush has let them and this country down when it comes to his amnesty scheme for ILLEGALS. Are we all left-wing trolls? Are we all deranged?
Buy a clue.
United we stand...?
You mean arrogance of the ones who won’t enforce our laws?
Sorry, 18,000 a year.
and yesterday the illegal supporters took to the streets here in San Diego. the typical Left Wing Loons
Yesterday’s protest was organized by MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) groups from SDSU, University of San Diego and San Diego City College, as well as a youth group known as Somos Raza, the Raza Rights Coalition and the American Friends Service Committee, a human rights organization.
Criticisms have a lot more power if they have an ounce of TRUTH in them.
No matter what you think of the President's immigration policy, your statement is completely dishonest, making it...............stupid.
Is there anyone to counterprotest these agitators, SoCal?
I guess they’ll be back a week from Tuesday.
If they had rounded up 1,800,000 illegals in a year I would be impressed. I’m not likely to be impressed anytime soon I would bet.
It’s really pointless to go at this backwards - i.e., arrest and deport without a way to keep them from coming right back across.
A waste of time and resources.
Usually Protest Warriors and some FReepers, this was done
on their part quite quickly, not much chance for us.
I have been to other counter illegals in the past including one with over 50,000 Mexican supporters for illegals.
PWs & some FReepers did a counter to an anti war march and rally here the other week which I also took part in.
A guy around 60, who never got past the 1960s stage in life was handing out 8x11 signs which torked me off.
I went up to him and said , I will have one, he smiled and gave one to me and I said thanks, I needed this to line my cats sand box. He was none to happy.
He is their advocate and he is their number one advocate because he is in a higher position of power than is any other.
That is true, and your denials won't change it.
So far, you're batting zero.
A similar situation happened to Eric when he met up with some anti-war protestors.
He took a stack of their lit, ripped it up in front of their faces and slammed it onto the ground.
He hurt his arm, but it felt REAL good. (And was better than punching them in the faces, which is what he really wanted to do).
THANK you for standing up to these thugs, SoCal. You make me proud to kmow you!
I hate the illegals and not 100% happy with Bush’s policies but you are in over kill
Thanks, There were around 10 Marines in civies who joined us.
I shall email him an exerpt with all due haste!
when in Holy 4377 did "posing a danger" become the criteria to enforcement?!?
Sounds like good company!
I yearn for the days when cries of “La Migra!” would bring fear to anyone.
Oooh, that makes me sick when they say “hard working” as a sympathy ploy to ignore illegal immigration. What if Osama bin Laden were here working 24/7 in the strawberry fields? Maybe that illegal who killed the director and his son on Pacific Coast Highway last week was hard-working until he took a break and drank 12 beers. America is for hard-working Americans and their legal guests. Period.
I wonder how many "collateral arrests" are made when drug, theft ring, or prostitution raids are conducted, compared to the primary targets? Are these "collateral individuals" to be ignored also?
"Liberal logic" is an oxymoron, concocted by plain, ordinary, out & out, unadulterated, total morons.
Yeah, them too :-)
Yup, I've never had a moving violation and I've never been in a car accident in 30 years of driving, but I still have to have a drivers license.
Keep those large illegal stings coming from now on! O.K.? Very truly yours, All law abiding American Citizens and All law abiding Legal Immigrants!
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