Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assembles A Dedicated Utah Team To Arrest And Deport Illegal Aliens
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials here in Utah have assembled a Fugitive Operations Team specifically dedicated to arresting and removing from the United States those illegal aliens who have been ordered to leave the country. Today they told KSL Channel 5 they are committed to restoring integrity to the immigration system.
They cited one example on enforcement, although for security reasons, they couldn't provide many details on the people arrested. A Tongan national was arrested here for aggravated robbery, and was found to be illegal. An immigration judge ordered he leave, but he didn't. In August 2007, ICE team officers took him into custody.
Across the country in the last year, special teams from ICE have arrested more than 30,000 immigration fugitives. "They've been removed or deported by the immigration judge, and they've failed to comply," explained Steven Branch, local ICE field office director. And it's proving to be a deterrent: The number of illegal immigrants who ignored deportation orders decreased by 38,000 this year.
Since its creation 12 months ago, Utah's Fugitive Operations Team has arrested 240 individuals. "Our top priority, of course, are those terrorists who pose a threat to our national security, and as we go down the list of priorities, of course, violent criminals would be right up there, too," Branch said.
But of the Utahns arrested, only 18 percent had criminal records--often for domestic violence, drugs, theft, robbery and identity theft. Nevertheless, ICE says the others still violated the law simply by ignoring a judge's orders. "Well, they're not a criminal. They've been ordered to leave. It's time to go, and we have to enforce the laws," Branch said.
And of course, Salt Lake's local professional Latino complainer Tony Yapias (pictured at left) squawked about it. While Yapias begrudgingly concedes that greater immigration enforcement is a reality, he complains that it often breaks up families. "People have to recognize that as enforcement becomes a priority now, this is what we're going to see more in the future," Yapias said. "In most of these cases, they probably have children born here, and they ignore the deportation orders because they don't want to leave the kids behind." [Ed. Note: Tony Yapias is viewed as a typical minority crybaby by much of the local population. When a Granite School District school bus driver lost his cool in October 2007 and verbally chastised a bunch of unruly middle schoolers, Yapias cried "racism" and tried to get the driver fired. An outcry of support for the driver from the community got him transferred rather than fired.]
So how do illegal immigrants get into the court system for a judge to decide their fate? Luck, basically. They just have to cross the radar of law enforcement. Once they've been tagged as undocumented, they can either agree to leave the country on their own or take the case before a judge. Most of the time, once it reaches that point it ends in a deportation order.
ICE has actually posted a more detailed version of this story on their website.
Note: Not all illegals are Mexicans, and not all illegals are bad. But all illegals are equally ILLEGAL!
Commentary: A review of the 29 comments posted so far to the KSL story indicate overwhelming public support for ICE's actions, with the exception of a couple of Judeocentric trolls who've spammed a few comments comparing it to the deportation of Jews into the German camps, replete with trigger words like "boxcars", "1938", and "zyklon-B" (oy, vey!). However, one comment was particularly useful; it steered me to the Immigrationshumancost.org website. Instead of inundating us with the customary flood of statistics, it provides us with a series of first-person accounts from Americans who've lost jobs or who have been otherwise victimized because of mass immigration and the abuse of our immigration laws.
What I do wish is that the local media would start interviewing some other local Hispanics instead of Tony Yapias every time they do an immigration story. By interviewing Yapias exclusively, they create the impression that all Hispanics support illegal immigration. This is simply not true - many American-born Hispanics oppose illegal immigration and some participate actively in such groups as the Minutemen and ALIPAC. KSL normally does well, but this time, they got a bit lazy. Just because Dick Nourse retired doesn't mean KSL should relax its normally high standards of journalism.