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Hi Gang:

Here is another of my commentaries that is based on an article I wrote for the Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) website.  This time I decided that an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) news release needed to be provided to as many folks as possible along with the perspectives I acquired during my 30 year career wit the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service).  

Many of the ICE news releases, as would be expected, are written to paint the best picture possible- touting successes in arresting bad guys, etc.  However, all too many of these news releases could be thought of as being “Good new / bad news” stories.  At first blush it may appear that ICE is doing an effective job.  With a bit of consideration and insight, however, it quickly becomes apparent that all is not as ICE would have you believe!

There is the story about the scrawny kid who comes home repeatedly with black eyes and other evidence of being beaten up by the school yard bullies of his school.  His dad become frustrated with this son’s failures to defend himself so he tells he son that if he continues to let other beat him up, he will be punished.

The very next day the boy comes home with yet another “shiner.”  His irate father approaches him and says, “You better have a good explanation for this!”

His son looks his father squarely in the eye and says, “Dad, you should be proud of me, I hit that bully right on the fist with my eye!”

Today we will see how, once again, ICE managed to do the equivalent!  Except failures to effectively enforce immigration laws result in something far more serious than Americans and others living in our country getting black eyes- but innocent people being killed!

While it is certainly laudable that 44 bad guys were taken off the street, it is what was not reported that you should focus your attention on.

When you connect all of these dots and many others that are “out there” and readily available, the picture you create is not at all pretty!  

On November 10, 2011 CAPS posted a commentary I had written that was entitled, “Victims of Illegal Immigration.”

Here is a link to that commentary.  Among others who are quoted in that commentary is Congressman Steve King of Iowa and his colleague, Representative Walter Jones who held a news conference in Washington last year to highlight the needless and senseless loss of innocent lives at the hands of illegal aliens.  Here is a link to my commentary:

I was honored that Representative King quoted me during this news conference.  Here is the link to that news conference in which he called for the creation of a “National Day of Remebrance” for the victims of illegal aliens:

First and foremost, our immigration laws were enacted to accomplish two fundamental and critically important missions- to protect American lives and protect American jobs!

Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!

If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

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“ICE arrests 44 during 5-day operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in Chicago area”

Based on an ICE news release from July 20, 2012, it would appear that the removal of any criminal from the streets of our cities and towns is a worthwhile achievement.  However, it is important to look beyond the headline; ““ICE arrests 44 during 5-day operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in Chicago area”

An excerpt from that news release describes those who were arrested:

Of the 44 arrested, 33 had criminal convictions for crimes such as: cocaine possession, burglary, battery, assault, distributing marijuana, fraud, aggravated DUI and domestic violence. Eighteen of the 44 were immigration fugitives who had been previously ordered to leave the country but failed to depart; 14 of those are convicted criminals in addition to having outstanding deportation orders. Ten of the 44 – including five convicted criminals – had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony.

Following is the nationality breakdown of the 44 men who were arrested during this operation: Mexico (33), Poland (5), Guatemala (3), Philippines (1), Mongolia (1), Slovakia (1). Chicago had the most arrests (14); additional arrests were made in the following 23 northern Illinois cities: Aurora, Bensenville, Cicero, Des Plaines, Elgin, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Glenview, Highwood, Ingleside, Morton Grove, Mundelein, Naperville, North Chicago, Oswego, Park City, Park Ridge, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Schaumburg, St. Charles, Wheeling and Winfield.

For decades our political leaders have dismissed concerns about illegal immigration claiming that illegal aliens were simply doing the work that “Americans would not do.”  We’ve heard this from leaders of both political parties and from spokespersons from a wide variety of organizations that oppose immigration law enforcement.  Unless those politicians and others considered crime as “work,” it is clear that in addition to “importing” foreign workers who could easily be exploited, we were permitting criminals to enter our country to ply their criminal “trades” throughout America.  It should also be noted that criminal aliens often hold down pedestrian jobs in the United States by day and engage in gang-related crimes at night.  Terrorists seeking to embed themselves in our country generally seek jobs that provide them with camouflage and mobility enabling them to “hide in plain sight.”

Of course the majority of illegal aliens in our country are from Latin America- this is a function of geography.  However, not all illegal aliens are from Latin America and many don’t enter our country by running that highly porous border.  In fact, roughly one fourth of the aliens who were arrested in the effort memorialized in the ICE news  release were not from Latin America but from Europe and Asia.

“Eighteen of the 44 were immigration fugitives who had been previously ordered to leave the country but failed to depart; 14 of those are convicted criminals in addition to having outstanding deportation orders.”

If these deportable aliens were ordered deported, how in the world did they wind up back on the street?  Why were they not kept in custody until they were deported from the United States?  If these aliens were identified as being criminals and the point of the ICE news release was to tout the success of removing these aliens from our midst, how many times does ICE need to arrest an alien who poses a threat to community safety and has already been in ICE custody?  For years we’ve heard stories about “Catch & Release” being a practice of the beleaguered Border Patrol, but what has never been acknowledged is that this madness is also the policy for ICE.

Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano continually repeats the mantra that “Our borders are secure.”  Just how secure are our borders when we also are provided with numerous reports of aliens being deported from the United States, only to quickly return illegally?

A failure to secure our borders and effectively enforce and administer our immigration laws exacerbates nearly every challenge and threat America faces.  The purpose for our immigration laws can be summed up by six words:  Save American lives; save American jobs!

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