More illegal immigrants being deported

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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Woman charged in porn case

This is disturbing.

A woman appeared in Manitowoc County court Monday on a dozen charges of sexual assault and child sexploitation.

The woman allegedly touched the 2, 5 and 7-year-old children and took pictures of them which she then shared to be sold.

Court documents show she agreed to send the photos to a man she knew and he was going to sell them on the Internet. The man who was going to sell them told authorities he got about 1,000 pictures from the woman over a 2-month period.

The woman has admitted to taking the pornographic photos of her children with her cell phone and sent them to the man. She’s posted her $1,000 bond and isn’t in jail. (Source: WTAQ)

Only a $1,000 bond? Seriously?  What type of judges are in Manitowoc County?  This woman if found guilty better have the book thrown at her.

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Avery denied new trial

Good.  The crime committed was despicable.

A Manitowoc County judge has denied Steven Avery’s request for a new trial.

The Mishicot man was convicted in the 2005 slaying of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

In arguing for a new trial, attorneys for the 47-year-old Avery alleged that his previous trial was marred by a number of procedural errors.

They said one juror was granted dismissal even though deliberations had already begun. They also said the juror didn’t give a strong enough reason to justify dismissal.

But Judge Patrick L. Willis wasn’t convinced. He ruled Monday that the court used its best discretion when dismissing the juror, who said the trial was putting strain on his marriage. Willis notes the defense also agreed to the dismissal. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

So he stays in prison.  Considering the gruesomeness of his crime that seems unfair, but since Wisconsin doesn’t have the death penalty.

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Tours of Gangland

Get yours in LA for $65.

Only miles from the scenic vistas and celebrity mansions that draw sightseers from around the globe — but a world away from the glitz and glamour — a bus tour is rolling through the dark side of the city’s gang turf.

Passengers paying $65 a head Saturday signed waivers acknowledging they could be crime victims and put their fate in the hands of tattooed ex-gang members who say they have negotiated a cease-fire among rivals in the most violent gangland in America.

If that sounds daunting, consider the challenge facing organizers of LA Gang Tours: trying to build a thriving venture that provides a glimpse into gang life while also trying to convince people that gang-plagued communities are not as hopeless as movies depict.

“There’s a fascination with gangs,” said founder Alfred Lomas, a former member of the Florencia 13 gang. “We can either address the issue head-on, create awareness and discuss the positive things that go on in these communities, or we can try to sweep it under the carpet.”

Some think such a tour is a bad idea.

Several observers have questioned the premise behind the tours, and some city politicians have been more blunt.

“It’s a terrible idea,” City Councilman Dennis Zine said. “Is it worth that thrill for 65 bucks? You can go to a (gang) movie for a lot less and not put yourself at risk.”

City Councilwoman Jan Perry said she would rather tourists see the development potential in the neighborhoods that make up part of her district. About two years ago, she organized her own tour in the area for about 200 real estate agents and business representatives, resulting in the development of buildings with homes and businesses.

“I’d prefer we focus on showing the community in a positive light,” she said.

It’s definitely something not found anywhere else.

No tour quite like this runs elsewhere in the country. Chicago has a prohibition-era gangster tour, and another Los Angeles group buses people to infamous crime scenes, including the Black Dahlia murder.

Lomas faces a quandary as he tries to show the troubled history of the area once known as South Central, before politicians renamed it South Los Angeles in 2003 in an attempt to change its deep association with urban strife.

The tour is billed as “the first in the history of Los Angeles to experience areas that were forbidden.” But tour leaders don’t want it to be voyeuristic and sensational. (Source: Fox News)

An interesting concept, though I’m not sure I would go on such a tour.

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