That is a good thing as the law should be enforced.
While ICE targets illegal immigrants who are a threat to public safety and the more severe criminals as its highest priority for deportation, other illegal immigrants who have been arrested may be deported as well, said Carl Rusnok, a spokesman for ICE.
In fiscal year 2009, ICE deported 387,790 illegal immigrants, he said. Of those 136,116 had criminal convictions, he said. One reason deportations have increased in recent years is because of “increased efficiencies,” more publicity and more information to local law enforcement about the criminal alien program, he said.
The law being enforced is apparently a problem in Milwaukee County.
“In the past few years, we have seen a disturbing trend of escalated arrests of non-criminal immigrants who, through collaboration of local law enforcement agencies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), end up in deportation proceedings,” she wrote in a letter to Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway and other county supervisors.
Voces has “documented dozens of cases in the past 12 months in which immigrants, arrested for traffic violations or crime for which they were later found innocent, are now facing deportation,” she wrote.
Voces also has written a separate open records request to Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. asking for records on policies, practices of the department related to the citizenship or immigration status, national origin, or places of birth of individuals held in the department’s custody and its cooperation with ICE and funding received.
Apparently groups like Voces doesn’t get that if you are here illegally, you are breaking the law which makes you a criminal. And if you are here illegally that makes you an ILLEGAL immigrant, not an immigrant.
Kudos to Sheriff Clarke for pointing this out.
“My role in this thing is to enforce the law and not make subjective decisions,” said Clarke. “We work and cooperate with all law enforcement in sharing information.”
He explained that ICE has access to the names of everyone booked into the jail – the same information that’s available to the public and the media. He said everyone who is arrested and booked is asked for name, date of birth, place of birth, Social Security number and biographical data.
“We don’t investigate (the immigration status), we just collect the information,” he said.
“For someone to suggest we shouldn’t allow another law enforcement agency access to our information is ridiculous, but it happens,” he said.
He added: “I believe, based on things going on around the country concerning immigration, passion and emotion now have replaced logic and reason.” (Source: JSOnline)
Again the answer to the issue is simple. Enforce the law. At the same time secure the border by building the fence.
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