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Posted on 12/11/2009 6:11:21 PM PST by Cindy
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December 11, 2009
286 arrested in ICE's largest ever enforcement surge targeting criminal aliens
2 convicted rapists and armed robber among those captured in 3-day California operation
LOS ANGELES - Nearly 300 foreign nationals with criminal records have been removed from the United States or are facing deportation following a three-day enforcement surge in California, making it the biggest operation targeting at large criminal aliens ever carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
During the operation, which concluded late Thursday, ICE officers located and arrested a total of 280 criminal aliens statewide, along with six non-criminal aliens who had final orders of deportation. More than 80 percent of the criminal aliens taken into custody had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes, such as rape by force, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Also included in the group are 30 convicted sex offenders, many whose crimes involved sexual assaults on children. Of those arrested, at least 100 have already been removed from the country.
At a news conference here Friday morning, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE John Morton announced the results of the special operation, which involved more than 400 agents and officers from ICE, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as several other state and local agencies. Assistant Secretary Morton cited the operation as another example of the vital role multi-agency cooperation and targeted immigration enforcement play in protecting our communities.
"Enhancing public safety is at the core of ICE's mission," said Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary John Morton, who oversees ICE. "Legal immigration is an important part of our country's history and the American dream exists for many immigrants. However, that dream involves playing by the rules and those who break our criminal laws will be removed from the country. Sadly, many of the people victimized by aliens who commit crimes are other members of the immigrant community, who are following the rules."
Northern California accounted for the largest number of arrests during the operation where a total of 119 criminal aliens were taken into custody. The Los Angeles-area recorded the next highest number of arrests with 96, followed by San Diego and Imperial counties collectively with 71. The arrestees, 257 men and 29 women, represent more than 30 different nations, including countries in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Because of their serious criminal histories and prior immigration arrest records, at least 17 of those arrested during the enforcement surge will face further federal prosecution for reentering the country illegally after a formal deportation. A conviction for felony re-entry carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Among the arrestees being federally prosecuted is a previously deported Guatemalan national with ties to the Mid-city street gang whose criminal history includes a prior conviction for first degree robbery. Ulises Vazuiz Arucha, 37, was taken into custody by ICE officers Dec. 8 in Reseda, Calif. Also facing felony re-entry charges is Ignacio Camacho-Madrigal, 43, a Mexican national formerly convicted of committing a lewd act on a child under 14. Camacho-Madrigal was arrested by ICE Dec. 8 in Rialto, Calif.
The foreign nationals detained during the operation who are not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States. Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining aliens are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.
This week's special enforcement action was spearheaded by ICE's Fugitive Operations Program, which is responsible for locating, arresting, and removing at large criminal aliens and immigration fugitives - aliens who have ignored final orders of deportation handed down by the nation's immigration courts. ICE's Fugitive Operations Teams (FOTs) give top priority to cases involving aliens who pose a threat to national security and public safety, including members of transnational street gangs and child sex offenders.
Last year, ICE's 104 FOTs nationwide made 35,094 arrests. More than 31,000 of those arrests, or nearly 89 percent, involved immigration fugitives and aliens with prior criminal convictions. Criminal aliens specifically accounted for approximately 45 percent of the overall total, including more than 3,600 individuals with prior convictions for violent crimes, such as murder and assault.
The officers who conducted this week's special operation received substantial assistance from ICE's Fugitive Operations Support Center (FOSC) located in South Burlington, Vermont. The FOSC conducted exhaustive database checks on the targeted cases to help ensure the viability of the leads and accuracy of the criminal histories. The FOSC was established in 2006 to improve the integrity of the data available on at large criminal aliens and immigration fugitives nationwide. Since its inception, the FOSC has forwarded more than 150,000 case leads to ICE enforcement personnel in the field.
ICE's Fugitive Operations Program is just one facet of the Department of Homeland Security's broader strategy to heighten the federal government's effectiveness at identifying and removing dangerous criminal aliens from the United States. Other initiatives that figure prominently in this effort are the Criminal Alien Program, Secure Communities and the agency's partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies under 287(g).
Largely as a result of these initiatives, ICE removed a total of 136,126 criminal aliens from the United States last year, a record number.
"Northern California accounted for the largest number of arrests during the operation where a total of 119 criminal aliens were taken into custody. The Los Angeles-area recorded the next highest number of arrests with 96, followed by San Diego and Imperial counties collectively with 71. The arrestees, 257 men and 29 women, represent more than 30 different nations, including countries in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa."
The Kenyan will NOT be pleased!
This is terrible! They were just Doing Jobs Americans Won’t Do Anymore. And Family Values Don’t Stop At the Rio Grande! How will we survive without these new, just-add-water instant Americans?
8,200 illegals enter the country EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.
Deport them and they will just return.
Build a fence, fine(take away $10,000 in aid for every illegal caught) from their country of origin, take away social services(housing, food stamps, education, medical, etc..), stop giving newborns from illegal foreign nationals citizenship. Problem solved.
The article keeps using the term, “criminal alien,” as if this is something special.
ALL illegal aliens, by their very nature, are CRIMINAL aliens.
Whatta buncha idiots!
It’s all done for stats and a news release... it’s not done for justice.
SHOW BUSINESS to make it seem like the Obama Administration is cleaning up the illegal alien problem. Call me when the headline reads “Millions of arrests.”
This is a little show, a prelude to "Comprehensive Immigration Reform", i.e., Amnesty.
Napolitano makes a show of arresting illegals with records or outstanding warrants, and then they will go to the Congress and say: See, we have taken out the dangerous ones. Now let us reward the non-violent with citizenship....so that Mexico can consummate its reconquest of the Southwest and their Fellow Travelers, the Democrats can cement their permanent majority over the Americans, and end the "evil, unjust" United States.
Don't be fooled.
That it is.
I agree. There are many practical ways to help solve this problem.
UNTIL OUR BORDERS ARE EFFECTIVELY SECURED THIS IS A DOG AND PONY SHOW AND A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!
And it doesn’t go without notice that ALL illegal aliens ARE NOT being considered criminals.
“A conviction for felony re-entry carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. “
They admit it, but only those who’ve re-entered and have “serious criminal histories” are being charged with the felony!!
Since when do they get to pick and choose when to apply our LAWS???
Today’s NAFBPO foreign news report.
El Salvador diplomats plan for US immigration reform
Posted: 11 Dec 2009 07:18 AM PST
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El Financiero (Mexico City) 12/10/09
El Salvador wants integral immigration reform in the U.S. [full art. transl.]
El Salvador today expressed its interest in the approval of an integral immigration reform in the United States, one which would allow legalizing thousands of Salvadorans in the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program, which must be renewed periodically. At a press conference along with the Salvadoran chancellor, Hugo Martinez, who is in Washington on an official visit, the vice-minister (read: Undersec. of State) for Salvadorans abroad, Juan Jose Garcia, said that the promotion of a migratory reform is the most important objective that has been outlined. The official pointed out, If that objective does not come about in the first three months of the coming year, (then) obviously El Salvador would propose an immigration relief for a major number of Salvadorans in irregular status, by means of a new extension of the TPS.
The TPS, which is a temporary relief by the United States government for countries affected by natural disasters, and which was granted to Salvadorans after the 2001 earthquakes, is a means which we already have and therefore would not want to let go of it, said Garcia. Chancellor Martinez announced an accord with the Sub-Secretary of Internal Security (sic) of the United States, Jane Holl Lute, to form a work group to track deportations. That work group will be headed by John Morton, the deputy director of the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) (sic) and vice-minister Garcia, who will hold their first meeting in El Salvador in February of 2010. Both officials agreed on the needs of the vulnerable groups, such as women and children, to lessen the impact of repatriations in families and to elaborate a newer version of the Salvadoran program Welcome home.
Garcia noted that his country seeks more information about deportees, social relief programs for families separated after deportations and reintegration programs for deportees into Salvadoran society. Other issues, he emphasized, also include people smuggling and organized crime. El Salvador also awaits a reply from the United States about a suspension of deportations as a result of hurricane Ida in that country at the beginning of November of this year.
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 12/10/09
Update on smugglers warehouse
The warehouse in Mexicali found with the 47 AK47 rifles (M3 Report of yesterday) also turned out to have $2,126,450 U.S. dollars, plus 868,580 pesos and also 421.6 kilos of cocaine (927.5 lbs.). The attached photo shows the twelve detainees and some of the cash, cocaine and firearms. All this, in a warehouse just five kilometers (approx. three miles) from Calexico, Calif.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) , El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) 12/10/09
The work of obscene killers
The nude and mutilated bodies of four men were found this morning (Thurs.) next to a high school in Chilpancingo, the capital of the state of Guerrero. A message left with the bodies read: Send better trained people. Sinaloans and Michoacánans, come to pick up your f-n garbage. Respectfully, the chief of chiefs [profanity censored.] Two of the bodies were totally dismembered and in black plastic bags. Severed body parts of the other two were strewn within a radius of some thirty feet around the entrance to the school. Classes were suspended.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/10/09
Juarez continues to make news
Yesterday, Wednesday, there were sixteen assassinations in Ciudad Juarez. A review of this article shows that all the victims died from gunfire at various times and points of the city. Many of the events descriptions also included an additional number of persons wounded. Also in the morning, yesterday, the chief of police of Ciudad Juarez presented the 2,400 city police to the governor of the state at a ceremony. The chief stated that armed robbery in Juarez is down over 50% since March; he added figures about firearm seizures (234) and ammo (10,614 rounds.) The Juarez police is the first in Mexico to be authorized to carry long barrel firearms.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 12/10/09
Michoacán bubbling with violence
There have been seven attacks against federal police in various localities of the state of Michoacán in the last couple of days. At the time of this report, ten people have died: five federal police members, four thugs and one other civilian bystander.
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