Immigration Enforcement

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

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

Good Shepherd subcontractor banned from site for hiring illegal aliens

ENDWELL — A subcontractor that allegedly employed illegal immigrants has been banned from returning to work at the construction site of a new retirement community in Endwell.

QuantcastThe unidentified company has been removed from the site pending an investigation, according to a statement from LeCesse Construction, the construction manager overseeing work at Good Shepherd Village on Farm to Market Road.

“Good Shepherd Village at Endwell is an important project for the Binghamton area and we are committed to building a premier, state-of-the-art facility,” said Andrew Hislop, LeCesse president and CEO. “We will not tolerate non-compliance with United States immigration laws.”

LeCesse refused to name the company involved.

State police last week determined seven men riding in a van on Route 17C were illegal immigrants and turned the El Salvador and Honduras natives over to United State Border Patrol. The men were in Broome County to work at the Good Shepherd construction site, police said.

While those men wait in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center to face a judge, the news that jobs on a local construction project were given to illegal immigrants has angered some.

Chuck Hemenway arrived at the construction site at 8 a.m. with a banner that read, “Shame on you Good Shepherd Nursing Home for lowering area standards.”

“We have guys who are out of work right now,” said Hemenway of the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters. “To me, it’s a slap in the face.”

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

287(g) is showing great success in Alamance, North Carolina

Illegal Immigrants who break the law are fearful of deportation.

Though recent estimates suggest that the Hispanic population in the United States continues to rise, new immigration enforcement measures have many in Alamance County looking for a new home.

According to U.S. Census estimates released earlier this month, there were 15,823 Hispanics living in the county in 2007, 612 more than in 2006. Statewide, the Hispanic population went from 593,896 in 2006 to 638,444 in 2007.

However, in Alamance County, and one and a half years since the 287(g) program gave local deputies the authority to enforce immigration laws, many Hispanics who don’t have the proper documentation to be in the country legally are leaving.

Commissioner Sutton states it best.

In Alamance County, the sheriff’s department’s ICE unit has placed a total of 768 illegal aliens in removal proceedings from Feb. 19, 2007, when the 287(g) program was started, until Aug. 28.

From Oct. 1, 2007 to Aug. 4, the ICE field office in Atlanta, which oversees operations in Georgia, South and North Carolina, has deported 13,986 people. During the last fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 10,971 people were deported. The prior year, less than half, or 5,183 people, were deported through that field office.

ALAMANCE COUNTY Commissioner Tim Sutton, a staunch supporter of the 287(g) program and opponent of illegal immigration, sees the deterrent effect the implementation of the program is having as a bonus.

“I honestly believe that when we signed the agreement … I don’t think we realized the magnitude of what was going on, especially in the driving offenses,” he said.

But, he said, “If every illegal alien in our county leaves as a result of tough enforcement, I have no problem with that.” He added, “If they are leaving because they are scared of being here illegally, so be it. I don’t have a single reservation about what we are doing.”

He said it’s “ludicrous” for people to think that police should not arrest drivers who don’t have an identification, proper license or car insurance. “What do you expect us to do? … Write a ticket and expect them to go to court?”

He continued, “A statistic that we don’t know and can’t put our hands on is the statistic of what (wrongdoings) we’ve prevented” with these arrests.

Sutton also said the argument that certain sections of the economy, such as the housing market, would collapse or suffer because of the exodus is not valid. He said the rental market cannot be financed by illegal immigration.

If anything, he said, now that the demand for homes is decreasing, “Maybe citizens in our community can rent them at a more reasonable price.”

Sutton said that as long as the federal government allows the program to continue and the county has a sheriff and a board of commissioners that supports it, “We are going to keep doing it.”

“I don’t want us to get soft on this at all,” he said, and added, “We did not put these people in this predicament. They did.”

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September 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome Manatee Florida to 287(g) program

mpossley@bradenton.com

Nearly a dozen sheriff’s jailhouse deputies will be trained to spot illegal immigrants being booked at the county jail for possible deportation under federal funding approved for the county Thursday.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement program allows authorities to identify prisoners during the booking process, a system officials say can now take days because of fraudulent documents or aliases.

It sends home illegal immigrants who have been previously deported or served sentences for certain felonies or violent crimes, said Manatee Sheriff’s Maj. Connie Shingledecker, who has worked to obtain the funding since last year.

“If they’re removed from our community and taken back to their country of origin, hopefully not to return, that has taken a criminal out of our community,” Sheriff Brad Steube said.

Five deputies will begin the four-week course July 22. Another five will follow suit in the coming weeks, said ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez.

“We’re not focusing on folks that just by the mere fact they’re illegal are being targeted for deportation,” Shingledecker said. “The whole idea is to try and keep the community as safe as possible from folks that we wouldn’t want to be here.”

The sheriff’s office is the second agency in Florida to secure the so-called 287(g) program, behind Collier County.

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July 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gaston County, North Carolina 287(g) statistics

The Gaston County Jail implemented the 287(g) program in April 2007. Here are the latest statistics through June 30.

599 inmates have been interviewed about their immigration status

488 inmates have been processed for removal from the United States. The majority go to an immigration court in Atlanta

Those 599 inmates were arrested, collectively, on 735 charges (698 misdemeanors and 37 felonies)

20 percent of the charges were for driving while impaired

Here’s a breakdown of the 735 charges:

422 – traffic charges
99 – DWI
56 – assault
26 – drug offenses

10 – sex crimes
10 – fraud
7 – theft

3 – drunk and disruptive
2 – breaking and entering
1 – trespassing

1 – domestic violence
1 – robbery
94 – other non-traffic-related offenses

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July 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Local Sheriffs Doing What Feds Will Not: Immigration Enforcement

Blue Sheepdog:

February 24th, 2008

I’ll stay away from the geo-political issues surrounding the debate of illegal immigration and stick to just what I know: illegal immigration is …well… illegal. At some point, the laws may change, but for now there are a lot of people who are in the United States illegally.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are overworked, understaffed, and at the political whims of their bosses. While the individual agents are doing the best job they can, the fact is ICE is not able to adequately enforce the immigrations laws in the USA.
What I find to be especially disturbing is that illegal immigrants who are arrested for crimes in the United States are rarely picked up or deported by ICE.

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February 26, 2008 Posted by | 287 g, 287(g), Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Harris County Texas Judicial candidate, Charles Bacarisse, works to improve Criminal Alien Program(CAP)

HOUSTON — Conservative leader Charles Bacarisse today saluted officials in Travis and Bexar counties for following his lead and partnering with the federal government to help identify and deport undocumented convicted felons rather than releasing them back onto Texas streets.

As a San Antonio Express-News story “U.S., local immigration teamwork is hailed” (go to https://ncvoiceblog.wordpress.com/2008/02…) details, the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) operated for many years as an informal arrangement between federal agents and local authorities across the country without a centralized tracking system.

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

Criminal Alien Program assists deportation of illegal immigrants

Hernán Rozemberg
Express-News

The rapid growth of a little-known program that teams federal agents with local authorities to identify and deport jailed immigrants is being embraced as a way to reduce crime and illegal immigration simultaneously. The expansion has been felt throughout South Central Texas, with 22 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents added to the area last year.


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February 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Try It Here at Home

By J. Michael Waller


Birthplace of the
Mexican constitution,
Queretaro, Mexico

Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican officials haven’t been sharing that idea with us as they press for our Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.

That’s too bad, because Mexico, which annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does, has much to teach us about how it handles the immigration issue. Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

At a time when the Supreme Court and many politicians seek to bring American law in line with foreign legal norms, it’s noteworthy that nobody has argued that the U.S. look at how Mexico deals with immigration and what it might teach us about how best to solve
our illegal immigration problem. Mexico has a single, streamlined law that ensures that foreign visitors and immigrants are:

  • in the country legally;
  • have the means to sustain themselves economically;
  • not destined to be burdens on society;
  • of economic and social benefit to society;
  • of good character and have no criminal records; and
  • contributors to the general well-being of the nation.

The law also ensures that:

  • immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;
  • foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;
  • foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;
  • foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;
  • foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;
  • those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.

Who could disagree with such a law? It makes perfect sense. The Mexican constitution strictly defines the rights of citizens — and the denial of many fundamental rights to non-citizens, illegal and illegal. Under the constitution, the Ley General de Población, or
General Law on Population, spells out specifically the country’s immigration policy.

It is an interesting law — and one that should cause us all to ask, Why is our great southern neighbor pushing us to water down our own immigration laws and policies, when its own immigration restrictions are the toughest on the continent? If a felony is a
crime punishable by more than one year in prison, then Mexican law makes it a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

If the United States adopted such statutes, Mexico no doubt would denounce it as a manifestation of American racism and bigotry.

We looked at the immigration provisions of the Mexican constitution. [1] Now let’s look at Mexico’s main immigration law.

Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:

  • Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.” (Article 32)
  • Immigration officials must “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents. (Article 34)
  • Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.” (Article 37)
  • The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest.” (Article 38)

Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:

  • Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
  • A National Population Registry keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
  • A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:

  • Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
  • Foreigners who sign government documents “with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses” are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)

Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:

  • Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
  • Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
  • Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico — such as working with out a permit — can also be imprisoned.

Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,

  • “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” (Article 123)
  • Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
  • Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126)

Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:

  • A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
  • Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

All of the above runs contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. The stark contrast between Mexico’s immigration practices versus its American
immigration preachings is telling. It gives a clear picture of the Mexican government’s agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.

Let’s call Mexico’s bluff on its unwarranted interference in U.S. immigration policy. Let’s propose, just to make a point, that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member nations standardize their immigration laws by using Mexico’s own law as a model.

J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., is the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics, and is Vice President for Information Operations at the Center for Security Policy. He wrote this paper for the Center for Security Policy.

An authoritative English translation of the Constitution of Mexico, published by the Organization of American States, appears on http://www.citizensforaconstitutionalrepublic.com/1917_Constitution_of_Mexico.html. Quotations in this document are from the OAS translation.

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