Immigration Enforcement

Rowan County, North Carolina 287(g) working well

By Mark Wineka

Rowan County Sheriff George Wilhelm says his officers contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement routinely to determine whether people arrested and placed in his jail are illegal immigrants.

With ICE’s cooperation, Wilhelm says, he thinks things “are actually getting better.”

When the Sheriff’s Office makes an arrest, information on every suspect is run through FBI and SBI computers. For foreign-born individuals, the sheriff’s office also runs an inquiry through the ICE office in Charlotte and supplies the furnished names, aliases, Social Security and driver’s license numbers for the people arrested.

Contacting the ICE office requires an extra step, and sometimes the Rowan officers have to wait until the next work day, or until Monday if an arrest occurs on a weekend.

ICE will put a hold or “detainer” on the suspect if it determines he or she might be here illegally.

Wilhelm says his office is “generally not losing people who should be detained.”

Sgt. Karen Brindle at the Rowan County Detention Center said as of last Thursday the local jail had 13 suspected illegal aliens in custody, and ICE had placed detainers on 12 of the 13.

From the beginning of the year, Brindle said, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office had run about 200 inquiries with ICE. She said the number can be “somewhat misleading” because it reflects duplicates.

But of those 200, 30 of the foreign-born prisoners were “confirmed legal citizens,” Brindle reported, while ICE placed detainers on 52 of the people in custody.

Those inmates with detainers are eventually picked up by ICE officers or, if they receive an active sentence, are shipped to the Department of Corrections with the detainer attached to their paperwork, Brindle said.

ICE officers pick them up at the completion of their time in prison and start processing them for deportation.

Wilhelm says he is pleased with a pilot program that has been set up between the N.C. Sheriff’s Association and ICE — a partnership that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., has been pushing over the last year.

Dole says the statewide plan to identify, apprehend and deport criminal aliens is working.

Brian Nick, Dole’s chief of staff, has told the Post that while North Carolina was deporting 26 illegal criminal aliens a month a few years ago, the number has grown to more than 500 a month now.

Dole says that every county choosing to participate in the statewide pilot program will be given the tools necessary to work with ICE officials to identify and deport illegal aliens who commit a crime.

For Rowan County, Wilhelm is hoping it means his office will have a direct link to the ICE data base by the end of this year. That way, his officers could run fingerprints through ICE, in addition to the normal checks with the FBI and SBI data bases.

It would eliminate the overnight or weekend delays in checking with ICE during which an illegal alien suspect could possibly make bond and leave the county’s custody, Wilhelm said.


August 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

595 Illegal Aliens caught at Laurel Mississippi assembly plant

LAUREL, Miss. — The largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history has caused panic among Hispanic families in this small southern Mississippi town, where federal agents rounded up nearly 600 plant workers suspected of being in the country illegally.

One worker caught in Monday’s sweep at the Howard Industries transformer plant said fellow workers applauded as immigrants were taken into custody. Federal officials said a tip from a union member prompted them to start investigating several years ago.

Fabiola Pena, 21, cradled her 2-year-old daughter as she described a chaotic scene at the plant as the raid began, followed by clapping.

“I was crying the whole time. I didn’t know what to do,” Pena said. “We didn’t know what was happening because everyone started running. Some people thought it was a bomb but then we figured out it was immigration.”

About 100 of the 595 detained workers were released for humanitarian reasons, many of them mothers who were fitted with electronic monitoring bracelets and allowed to go home to their children, officials said.

About 475 other workers were transferred to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Jena, La. Nine who were under 18 were transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.


August 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Rocking and Rolling from Leimart Park, Los Angeles; illegal immigration radio show this Sunday August 24th

Join us this Sunday, August 24th, as we take you to the epicenter of the illegal immigration hot zone. Special guest Jeff Schwilk, the leader of the San Diego Minutemen (SDMM) will join us on the air as we go LIVE to Leimert Park in Lost Angeles to interview our friends Chelene Nightingale of Save Our State, Ted Hayes who used to run Choose Black America, Brook Young of Immigration Watchdog, and the grieving family of Jamiel Shaw. They will go toe to toe with thousands of illegal aliens supporters and hundreds of LAPD police officers, which now appear to be under orders to harass our team!

Please review the briefing and videos below before the show. Many of you contribute time and money to our cause, you send e-mails and faxes to lawmakers and provide a great benefit to the cause of immigration enforcement.

We need each of you to understand the kind of hostility and danger our core activists on the ground face in invasion central!

Please spread the word and have as many people as possible tune in live to the show on

SUNDAY AUGUST 24, 3-5pm Eastern / 12-2pm Pacific via or


If you want to support this event by attending, we encourage you to join our brave leaders in Leimert Park in Lost Angeles on Sunday, as long as you understand the risks. They plan to rally and collect signatures between 11am-5pm.


August 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Agriprocessors identity theft puts data of 230-plus at risk

© 2008, Des Moines Register and Tribune Company

The Social Security numbers used to employ illegal immigrants at Postville’s meatpacking plant were stolen from people in at least 25 states, including two people from Iowa, and from 38 people who are dead, an analysis by The Des Moines Register shows.

The identity theft exposed during the federal raid at Agriprocessors Inc. may have imperiled the private information of more than 230 citizens and lawful immigrants whose Social Security or resident alien numbers were used by the illegal workers.

Authorities also found evidence that a human resources department employee helped distribute about 96 false resident alien cards, according to court papers. The cards, commonly known as green cards, were grouped in stacks and appear to have been made by the same forger.

Nearly 70 percent of the immigrants who were targeted in federal warrants – the documents that helped justify the raid – remain at large.


August 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wake County, North Carolina 287(g) program resounding success


In the last month, Wake County detention officers have interviewed hundreds of inmates and started deportation proceedings as part of a program called 287 (g).

Some call it controversial because many advocacy groups say it can be used to unfairly target Latinos.

Thirteen detention officers have been trained for the program and have limited immigration powers.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said that his biggest frustration is that dozens, if not hundreds, of the inmates booked into his jail have fake identities.

Joining the 287 (g) program is a way Harrison can figure out exactly who is being booked into the Wake County Jail.

“If there is a discrepancy on your date of birth, or you’re being vague with us, or you just won’t answer us, and you can’t speak very good English, you’ll probably go up to 287(g),” Sheriff Harrison said.

He invited a group of reporters to the jail in an effort to deal with the controversy by shining some light on what his detention officers do.

During the tour, three men were being processed by the specially trained detention officers.

Their task is to figure out who the inmate is through fingerprints or record checks, and to decide if the person is illegally in the country.

“If they find something says you are here legal, whether it’s a workers pass or whatever it may be, then you’ll be sent right back down,” Sheriff Harrison said.

Since the program was started four weeks ago:

* 321 inmates have been brought before the 287-g team of detention officers.

* 301 people have been ordered to be held for possible deportation.

According to Sheriff Harrison all of them were charged with serious felonies including five suspected murderers.

Immigration agents insisted that this program is not aimed at deporting law abiding residents who may be undocumented.

“The 287 (g) program will not only benefit the county, but it does in fact benefit the public itself by removing and taking away illegal immigrants that have criminal convictions,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent David Rivera said.

Critics of the program have said it could encourage local police officers to unfairly target the Latino population.

But Sheriff Harrison says, based on the records they keep, he’ll be able to monitor if police officers engage in racial or ethnic profiling.

“We’re going to call that supervisor of that officer, it that happens, and say you might want to see what officer ‘John Doe’ is doing because the people he’s bringing to our jail is 95 percent one race or the other, I will do that,” Sheriff Harrison said.

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Suffern, New York introduces new measure to require E-Verify

By Suzan Clarke • The Journal News • August 15, 2008

SUFFERN – The village now requires that any new contractors with the village subscribe to a federal database and verify every new employee’s eligibility to work.

The program, known as E-Verify, is an Internet-based system that verifies the eligibility of new hires. It is free and is the result of a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. E-Verify is administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Mayor John Keegan said the three trustees present at Monday’s meeting unanimously approved the measure he proposed. He and Trustee Jack Meehan were absent.

“This is something that we want to do to protect the village and also we urge all retailers in Suffern to go into this program for their own benefit,” he said.

“It kind of protects the employee as well as, I guess, customers. I know if I have people working on my house I want to have an idea that I don’t have somebody just lying about their ID or address. … This might have helped prevent the Nagle murder over in New City,” Keegan added. “I don’t know, but it’s possible that if this employee who murdered that lady was processed, maybe he would have been weeded out.”

Keegan was referring to the April 29, 2005, rape, stabbing and murder of Mary Nagle by Ronald Douglas Herrera Castellanos, an illegal immigrant who was working for a contractor hired to powerwash the family’s deck that day.

The killing prompted fierce calls for increased local legislation to verify the identity of contractors’ employees.


August 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Harris County, Texas adds nine deputies to 287(g)

HOUSTON – Nine sheriff deputies from Harris County have completed a rigorous four-week training program Friday, which authorizes them to enforce federal immigration law under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) “287(g) program.”

The training was held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, S.C. Harris County Sheriff’s Office and ICE have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) as authorized through section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The signed agreement and training enable officers, supervised by ICE, to legally identify criminal and illegal aliens that they may encounter, and to initiate removal proceedings for those found to be in the country illegally.

The four-week course provides in-depth training on various enforcement topics, including: immigration law, intercultural relations, and how to use DHS databases to help positively identify criminals and immigration violators.

“Each law enforcement agency that participates in the 287(g) program represents a force multiplier to help combat crime in local communities,” said Kenneth L. Landgrebe, field office director of the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in Houston. “Our ICE officers look forward to working closely with these newly trained Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies to our mutual benefit, and to the ultimate benefit of public safety.” Landgrebe oversees 52 counties in southeastern Texas.

“Immigration is one of the most complex issues facing law enforcement today. Addressing illegal immigration effectively requires cooperation between all levels of law enforcement and I am proud to have nine graduates from the 287G program working within our agency. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will continue to work together toward the common goal of making our community safer by identifying and processing illegal aliens within the Harris County jail system” said, Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas.

The 287(g) program is named after the section of law under the INA that authorizes ICE to train local officers to enforce immigration law. The program has received more than $42 million for training and other associated costs under the current fiscal year 2008 budget – up from just over $15 million the program received in 2007. Currently, 62 local enforcement agencies spanning the nation have signed MOAs with ICE and now more than 840 officers have been trained to enforce immigration law. The officers from those agencies are credited with identifying more than 65,000 individuals with possible immigration violations since the beginning of 2006.

The 287(g) program is only one component under the ICE ACCESS (Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security) umbrella of services available to assist local law enforcement officers. ICE ACCESS provides local law enforcement agencies an opportunity to partner with ICE to combat specific challenges in their communities.

Other ICE ACCESS enforcement options include the creation of local task forces targeting specific challenges like gangs or document fraud, the presence of a Criminal Alien Program (CAP) team in local detention facilities to identify criminal aliens, or training to utilize the ICE Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) which provides officers the ability to inquire about a person’s immigration and criminal history.

More information about ICE’s 287(g) program is available at: Section287(g)


August 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

E-Verify Statistics

All statistics are based on data on the E-Verify program for the first half of FY 2007 (October 2006 through March 2007).

Employees confirmed as work authorized instantly or within 24 hours

94.2% of employees are confirmed as work authorized before any type of mismatch notice or need for action by the employee or employer

  • 93% are instantly verified within 3-5 seconds
  • 1.2% are verified after an electronic, 24-hour USCIS check without any type of notice being issued to the employee

Employees receiving initial mismatches

5.8% of employees receive initial mismatches (tentative non-confirmations)

  • 5.1% from SSA
  • 0.7% from USCIS

Initial mismatches later confirmed work authorized

  • 0.5% of employees
    • 0.4% from SSA
    • 0.1% from USCIS

Employees not confirmed as work authorized by E-Verify

  • 5.3% employees receive a final non-confirmation response because they are either not authorized to work in the United States, did not know that they had the opportunity to challenge an initial mismatch (or TNC), or choose not to follow the necessary procedures to prove work authorization after receiving an initial mismatch.


August 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My friend is dead

Ed Johnson

Lewis Fetterman was one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet. He was tall, thin, and had gray hair that was cut evenly on all sides in a way that reminded me of a mushroom. We often sat together at lunch. He was usually quiet. It seemed as though he was always smiling.

I lost my friend Lewis on March 15 when an intoxicated, undocumented alien drove into him.

Who knows how many Americans have been killed like this by illegal aliens? I suspect the number is larger than the total of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. After all, CNN reports that more than 6,000 people have been killed along the Mexican border during just the last two years.

What could our federal government have done to prevent the death of Lewis Fetterman and others like him? Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution says, “The United States… shall protect each [state] against invasion.” With there now being at least 12 million people here illegally, clearly we’ve been invaded. The President and members of Congress have failed their Constitutional duty to protect us.

This is all the more serious since September 11. Arguably being here illegally is now an act of war.

It’s also troubling that many of those who are here illegally are gang members. Worse yet, not everyone who’s here illegally is from Latin America. Many are here from the Middle East.

What is Congress doing about this problem? There are only a few members of Congress, like Tom Tancredo, who have a conscience and are trying to secure our borders. The rest are running for re-election. Two of them are running for president.

To state the obvious, the discussion about illegal aliens is not about immigration. It’s about crime. Anyone who’s here illegally is a criminal. If people don’t obey the law to get here, they won’t obey the law once they’re here.

Who would allow illegal aliens to be here? Well, there are racists who think Hispanics are genetically inferior and incapable of understanding the difference between right and wrong. Such racists also think Hispanics are too stupid to learn English and so they need information printed in Spanish.

Then there are Mexican gangsters, like the Zetas, who exploit illegal aliens. The typical illegal alien here lives a life that is de facto slavery. And there are also radical Hispanic groups like La Raza and MEChA that exploit their fellow Latinos to try to take over the Southwest.

Personally as someone with several Latino in-laws who are here legally, I find all these groups offensive.

Whatever our President’s and members of Congress’s excuses for failing to uphold the Constitution, their failure to address the invasion of illegal aliens and secure our borders has resulted in the wrongful deaths of many Americans like Lewis Fetterman. These victims’ blood is on the hands of our elected officials. What do you think?


August 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Military contractor raid nets 57 illegal immigrants

By John Harbin
Times-News Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 11:47 p.m.

Fifty-seven illegal immigrants rounded up Tuesday at a Buncombe County factory were sent to the Henderson County Jail for processing but didn’t stay long. After the raid at the Woodfin parachute making plant, ICE agents bused the workers to Henderson County to determine their status and decide whether to release or transfer them.

Workers from Mills Manufacturing Corp. in Woodfin are processed by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Henderson County Jail.

“We have 57 illegal aliens from Mill Manufacturing Corp.,” U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement agency spokesman Ivan Ortiz said. “Twenty-nine of the people have qualified to be released, and will be given a notice to appear before an immigration judge to determine their status. The remaining people will be taken to Charlotte or Georgia to be detained.”

The 29 were released for humanitarian reasons and cited. They were not fugitives, Ortiz said, nor did they have criminal records.


August 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment