Immigration Enforcement

Immigration inquiries at N.C. jails removes criminal illegal aliens

More than 2,000 people arrested for violating state laws in the past year were flagged for deportation once they went to jail.

Jailers started checking inmates’ immigration status after a state law took effect last year requiring them to check identities of foreign-born people charged with felonies or driving while impaired.

In addition to the 2,099 destined to be deported last year, another 2,733 illegal immigrant inmates were identified through a partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to the N.C. Sheriffs’ Association.

From October 2007 to the end of 2008, 7,000 people in the Atlanta region faced removal proceedings because they were found to be here illegally through local jail and prison checks, according to ICE. The Atlanta region is made up of North and South Carolina and Georgia.

Overall, the number of identity queries run by jails nearly tripled between 2007 and 2008 to 16,996.

State jails ran nearly 17,000 queries, but immigration officials only interviewed a total of 6,884 of those inmates, the sheriffs’ association reported.

The inmate immigration checks became a requirement after a law sponsored by state Sen. Julia Boseman, D-New Hanover took effect last year. She had sponsored the legislation in response to voters’ demands for a crackdown on unlawful immigration after the federal government failed to reform the law.

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January 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

E-Verify Passes House in Stimulus Bill

The House passed its version of the stimulus package tonight, which included provisions requiring the use of E-Verify to ensure that all new jobs go to citizens and legal immigrants. The Senate has yet to pass its version, so there is still an opportunity to add E-Verify by amendment. Rep. Ken Calvert of California and Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia led the house effort.

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January 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Using E-Verify

From The Blogland of Earl Capps :

These days, workplace immigration issues are no laughing matter. Working in the construction industry and being responsible for the hiring of workers, I know this better than most people.

I do the hiring processing for new hires, which includes checking their eligibility for employment using the E-Verify system. While the proper scrutiny of the identification documents which are required by the I-9 form should be enough, thanks to a lot of unscrupulous employers, it’s not enough.

The E-Verify system is a good way to make sure a new hire is who they say they are. If they’re not U.S. citizens and are presenting work visas, images of their documents are kept in the E-Verify database displayed on the screen for comparison to the documents which the new hire has presented – if it’s not a perfect match, then you may be required to send them to the local USCIS office to clarify the issue, or release them from employment.

For most employers, the use of the system is voluntary, but in states such as South Carolina, which are mandating screening, E-Verify is something that you either are using, or may soon be getting accustomed to. If you’re a federal contractor, there is a pending Executive Order which will soon mandate its use.

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January 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

ALIPAC Discussing Chatham County North Carolina Illegal Alien Sanctuary Laws

ALIPAC’s President, William Gheen is going into Chatham County on Tuesday night for an important meeting.

We need as many of you as possible to join us to learn more and show your support.

As you may have heard, Chatham County’s Commission has voted to prohibit their law enforcement agencies from working closely with Immigration and Customs to deport illegal aliens arrested for other crimes.

This will make Chatham County our state’s lone “Sanctuary County” and at a time when we have made a lot of progress getting many other counties into the 287(g) program.

The 287(g) program saves lives and the decision in Chatham will cost lives, if we do not act swiftly.

Concerned citizens are gathering on the ground in Chatham County and they need our attendance and support. Here are the event details, please spread the word and join us if at all possible.

Time/Date: Tuesday, January 27, 7pm EST.

Location:
Virlie’s Grill – Pittsboro, NC 27312
58 Hillsboro St
MAP LINK
http://tinyurl.com/anwywm

Host Organization: The Chatham Conservative Voice
http://www.tccv.org/

All concerned citizens and elected officials should join us.

Guest Speaker: William Gheen, President of the national organization ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee)
www.alipac.us

Topics: How to reverse Chatham County’s refusal to work with federal immigration agencies and save lives by implementing the 287(g) program like most other counties in NC are doing.

Article
N.C.: Chatham County not involved with ICE program
http://www.alipac.us/article-3922-thread-1-0.html

Press Release
NC Sanctuary County Policy In Chatham Challenged by ALIPAC
http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-838718.html#838718

January 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

E-Verify system works, Pickens County officials say

Vince Jackson/Special to the Independent-Mail
Sunday, January 25, 2009

— Some legal measures that took effect Jan. 1 in South Carolina place added restrictions on illegal workers, because employers now are required to use E-Verify or other federal work authorization programs.

A state law now requires all public employers and public contractors employing more than 500 people to electronically check and verify the employment eligibility of new employees by accessing a federal database.

The Pickens County Council voted last year to require that all new county employees be documented as legal workers. The county also required that all vendors doing business with Pickens County certify that they are not knowingly using illegal workers on any county projects.

Margaret Thompson, a Pickens County resident who supported the state law, said information she has received from county officials indicates that it works.

“Pickens County decided last summer to go beyond the state requirements and immediately require anyone working for and doing business with this county refrain from using illegal workers,” Thompson said.

Jennifer Woods, human resources director for Pickens County government, said, “E-Verify is phenomenal. I don’t know why anyone would not want to use it. It is free, and you can get results in 30 seconds.”

Only roughly 30 minutes of training was required before Woods could use the program successfully, she said.

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January 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

McDowell County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office teams with feds to deport illegal immigrants

Published: January 25, 2009

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office is onboard with a federal program that pinpoints illegal immigrants and earmarks them for deportation.
The 287(g) Program, which takes its name from Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1996, is designed to authorize state and local law enforcement officers to act as immigration agents.
Eight county agencies in North Carolina serve as “hubs” for all the other local departments across the state. Those eight have entered into Memorandums of Understanding with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, and authorities with those agencies have received specialized federal ICE training that allows them to investigate whether or not an individual is an illegal alien and can be removed from the U.S.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office serves as the “hub” for McDowell and all of western North Carolina.
McDowell’s county jailers, as well as other Sheriff’s Office officials, have been trained in new technology developed to aid 287(g).
“We’ve been involved since I was sworn in (in May), but we’ve been moving in this direction for some time,” said McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene. “We’ve been getting everyone trained on the computer system, so it has taken a while.”
He added that the program doesn’t dictate that deputies go out looking for illegals, only to check foreign-born suspects when they’ve been arrested.

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January 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Guilford North Carolina to join 287(g) criminal deportation program

Thursday, January 15

( updated 3:29 pm)

GREENSBORO – Illegal immigrants arrested on criminal charges in Guilford County could be deported when the sheriff’s office begins a version of the 287(g) immigration program in the spring, Sheriff BJ Barnes said.

The program, which is a cooperative partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is designed to allow a local law enforcement officer to check a suspect’s citizenship and detain them for deportation.

“That officer will have the authority of an ICE agent and access to their database, which was what we were looking for,” said Barnes, who first applied for the 287(g) program in April 2007. A federal grant would pay for the program in Guilford.

Full-blown versions of the controversial 287(g) program, which are operating in Alamance, Wake, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties, allows those counties to hold illegal immigrants until they are handed over to ICE officials.

Barnes said Guilford County will have a “hybrid” 287(g) program, not a full-blown program that keeps illegals in jail for an extended period.

“It’s an offshoot to where we have access to 287 information,” Barnes said. “So say, if we arrest someone for breaking into a house, we can see if they are here legally or illegally.”

Under the program to begin in April, Barnes said suspects found to be illegal immigrants would not be released on bond but would be held locally until their criminal charge is resolved in court.

Once that happens, the suspects would then be handed over to ICE officials for the deportation process.

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January 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bush Administration Caves into Pressure and Delays E-Verify Regulation for Federal Contractors

Last week, the Bush Administration announced its intent to postpone a new regulation set to go into effect January 15th that would have required virtually all federal contractors to use E-Verify, the voluntary program run by the Department of Homeland Security that helps employers verify the work authorization of employees. (The Hill, January 9, 2009).   Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff first announced the E-Verify regulation August 10, 2008, stating he wanted the government to “lead by example.”  (Remarks by Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, August 10, 2008).  The move was hailed by true immigration reformers as a significant step towards curbing the employment of illegal aliens and reducing the taxpayer subsidy of illegal immigration.

However, as the effective date neared in late December , a coalition of special interest groups filed a lawsuit to block the rule from taking effect as scheduled. The plaintiffs included various organizations that have routinely sought to impede interior enforcement of our immigration laws, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.; the Society for Human Resource Management; the American Council on International Personnel; and the HR Policy Association. (To read more about this lawsuit, read FAIR’s Legislative Update).

In the face of this lawsuit, Homeland Security announced it will postpone the effective date of these new regulations to February 20, 2009.  A DHS Spokesman said the Department did not think the Chamber of Commerce and others would prevail with their lawsuit, and said “[the] pause merely allows litigants the opportunity to make their case before a judge, and prevents parties opposed to the rule from additional stalling through litigation.”  (The Hill, January 9, 2009).  More than 100,000 employers are already using E-Verify, with an estimated 1,000 new employers signing up each week.

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January 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Kentucky restaurant owner sentenced to 8 months for employing illegal aliens

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The owner of a LaGrange restaurant was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in federal prison following his guilty plea to knowingly employing illegal aliens. This sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Fei Guo Tang, 38, of LaGrange, Ky., is the owner of Jumbo Buffet located at 1218 Market St. in LaGrange. He was sentenced Jan. 6 by U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Simpson III, Western District of Kentucky, to eight months in prison for employing illegal aliens at his restaurant. Tang was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison.

Tang had pleaded guilty to knowingly employing at least 10 illegal aliens at his restaurant between November 2006 and November 2007 for commercial advantage and financial gain. He was arrested Nov. 14, 2007, when ICE agents executed a search warrant at his restaurant. During the search warrant ICE agents seized about $59,000 from the restaurant, which will be forfeited to the United States, and detained six illegal aliens found working at the restaurant, who have since been deported.

ICE agents initiated the investigation in December 2006 after receiving credible information that illegal aliens were knowingly being employed at the Jumbo Buffet restaurant. Tang is not a U.S. citizen, and will be subject to deportation proceedings after he completes his prison sentence.

“ICE aggressively targets employers who egregiously violate immigration laws by knowingly employing an illegal alien workforce,” said Jerry Phillips, resident agent-in-charge of the ICE office of investigations in Louisville. “This case demonstrates firsthand how ICE agents use our investigative tools to pursue those who take advantage of illegal labor for personal profit, and to gain an unfair advantage in the business marketplace.”

Since it was established in 2003, ICE has dramatically enhanced its efforts to combat the unlawful employment of illegal aliens in the United States. In 2008, ICE made more than 1,100 criminal arrests tied to work-site enforcement investigations. Of those charged criminally in these types of cases, 135 were business owners, managers, supervisors, or human resource employees. In addition to the criminal arrests, ICE also took 5,100 illegal aliens into custody on administrative immigration violations during worksite investigations.

To help employers build a legal workforce, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security established an initiative called the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers, or IMAGE. IMAGE is designed to build cooperative relationships between the government and businesses, strengthen hiring practices, and reduce the unlawful employment of illegal aliens. The initiative also seeks to gain greater industry compliance and corporate due diligence through enhanced training and education of employers. ICE encourages employers to review the IMAGE program materials available at: www.ice.gov.

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January 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

28 criminals deported from Las Vegas under 287g in first month

Immigration officials deported 28 foreign-born Clark County jail inmates during the first month of a new partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department.

The partnership, which officially began Nov. 15, allows specially trained corrections officers at the Clark County Detention Center to identify immigration violators and start deportation proceedings against them.

Through mid-December, 882 people booked into the jail were identified as foreign-born and screened for their immigration status. Of those, 114 were identified as being in the United States illegally. Their names were forwarded to the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Twenty-eight either have been removed from the United States or are in holding stations awaiting removal, police said.

“Preliminary numbers show it (the partnership) is in compliance with what we wanted it to be: one additional tool to target the criminal element,” police spokesman Jacinto Rivera said.

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January 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment