Immigration Enforcement

ICE, Tulsa-area law enforcement arrest 45 gang members, immigration violators

(Media-Newswire.com) – TULSA, Okla. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) on Thursday announced the arrest of 45 gang members, gang associates and immigration violators during this latest six-day local effort of an ongoing national ICE program called “Operation Community Shield.”

The operation began Friday and ended Wednesday night. Fifteen of those arrested are transnational gang members who are aliens and will be processed for deportation following any pending criminal charges against them. Thirteen of those arrested have no known gang affiliation but are deportable due to their criminal convictions or because they are in the U.S. illegally. Another 17 U.S. citizen gang members were also arrested on state warrants or criminal charges during the operation.

The following law enforcement agencies assisted with this operation: Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma’s Alcohol Beverage Law Enforcement Commission ( ABLE ), and the FBI.

Each of the 32 gang members arrested during this operation was associated with one of the following violent street gangs: Bloods, East Side Longos, Hoover Crips, Juaritos, Latin Kings, Mara Salvatrucha ( MS-13 ), and Surenos.

Three gang members were arrested during the planning phase of the operation based on outstanding state arrest warrants. Aggravated felons accounted for 17 of the arrests. Following are some of the criminal convictions or charges from those arrested during this operation: murder, armed robbery, felon possessing a firearm, weapons charges, accessory to a murder, various drug charges, shooting with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon, and re-entering the U.S. after being deported. The U.S. citizen gang members were immediately turned over to local law enforcement to answer for state warrants against them. ICE placed detainers on two alien gang members now in state custody so that if they’re released for any reason, they’ll be transferred to ICE.

In addition to those arrested, the following items were also seized: 11 handguns, $2,100 cash, an ounce of cocaine and 0.3 ounces of crystal methamphetamine.

ICE will present some of the aliens’ cases to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Oklahoma, for federal prosecution.

Of the non-U.S. citizens arrested, 26 are from Mexico, one from Nigeria and one from El Salvador. Following any judicial proceedings and sentences, all will be returned to their countries of origin.

“ICE has unique immigration and customs law enforcement authorities which complement the authorities of our federal, state and local partners,” said James Delia, resident agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Oklahoma City. “Together, we can effectively remove dangerous gang members and associates from the streets to make our communities safer. Local law enforcement agencies act as significant partners in these anti-gang operations.”

About Operation Community Shield

Operation Community Shield is a national law enforcement initiative that partners ICE with other federal, state and local law enforcement, combining resources, authorities and expertise in an effort to target members of violent street gangs. Since ICE began Operation Community Shield in February 2005, more than 8,000 gang members belonging to more than 700 different gangs have been arrested. More information on Operation Community Shield is available at: http://www.ice.gov.

Under this initiative, ICE works to:

• Identify violent gangs and develop intelligence on their members, associates and organizations.

• Deter, disrupt and dismantle gang operations by tracing and seizing their cash, weapons and other assets

• Criminally prosecute or remove gang members from the United States.

• Partner with other law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level – both in the United States and abroad – to develop a “force multiplier” effect in investigations and other law enforcement actions against gangs.

• Conduct outreach efforts to boost public awareness about the fight against violent gangs.

• The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling ICE’s toll-free hotline at: 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock.

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July 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Support the passage of “Jamiel’s Law”

Powerful, chilling, and a punch of reality.

That describes the appearance of the Parents of Jamiel Shaw. A youth of character killed by a illegal alien gang member, on KABC’s Doug McIntyer Show this morning.

They were join in studio by Mayoral Candidate Walter Moore, the author of the proposed Jamiel’s Law. This law would roll back Special Order 40 protections for illegal alien gang members who commit crimes.

This is common sense reform of Special Order 40 that ironically was implemented to protect illegal aliens who were victims of crime.
Now that the proposed law is on the table for discussion, what will be the responce from the likes of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Police Chief Bill Bratton, The Police Commission, City Council and Civil Libertarians???

Will the likes of the L.A. Times, Daily News and the various weeklies give column inches to reporting the facts on race related gang killings?

One thing for sure this should and will resonate through the African-American communities and if Mayor Villaraigosa reacts by not reacting, then what is left of our African American communities will have the final reaction on Election Day in 2009.

Link to Walter Moore’s “Jamiel’s Law” website

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April 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Nashville 287(g) Program Targets Nearly 3,000 Illegal Immigrants For Deportation

NASHVILLE, TENN. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) along with U.S. Representatives Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today joined Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall and other local officials here to mark the one-year anniversary of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immigration enforcement program that has targeted nearly 3,000 illegal immigrants for removal from Davidson County.

The lawmakers said these numbers prove that DHS’s 287(g) program has been a success in enforcing immigration laws and removing illegal immigrants from the Nashville area, and that it is time to install an immigration judge in Nashville. The 287(g) program provides federal immigration enforcement training for Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputies, who are then able to check the immigration status of individuals being held in the county jail and initiate deportation proceedings if they are determined to be in the country illegally.

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sheriff heralds 287(g) program, says gang activity down

By Tomas Murawski
Staff WriterAlamance News
December 6, 2007

County officials are heralding the success of a program that trains sheriff’s deputies to arrest and process illegal immigrants under federal supervision.

The sheriff and others familiar with this program, which is known as Section 287 (g), insist that it has reduced some violent crimes by as much as 50 percent, and the sheriff credits it with a decrease in gang activity within unincorporated parts of the county.

But the members of one local group are emphatic that the county isn’t doing enough to crack down on illegal immigrants, and they insist that they have the documentation to show what the county has missed in its zeal to deal with immigrants who are suspected of other crimes.

Earlier this week, members of NC Voice, a grassroots group that formed over the summer, approached the county commissioners to inform them about what they say is a pervasive problem with illegal businesses that cater to immigrants, and especially those of Hispanic descent.

“There is a broad spectrum of violations here,” Mike Kelley, a spokesman for the group, told the commissioners on Monday. “We have come to the commissioners because there are a number of businesses operating in Alamance County that are operating without privilege licenses and are not subject to taxation.”

Kelley said that he and his colleagues reached this conclusion after they dug through tax records and other public documents that the county has on file.

Kelley told The Alamance News that he won’t provide any specifics about this investigation to the public until he’s able to share them with the commissioners.

“I will say that a number of state and federal agencies have been contacted regarding our findings,” Kelley elaborated in an interview. “We were specifically advised by federal officials to bring the matter to the attention of local government leaders and were told that if our concerns were not addressed within 7 to 10 days to notify the federal officials, and they would at that time intervene.”

Kelley said that the group’s inquiry initially focused on businesses that employ, or are owned by, illegal immigrants. Kelley added, however, that the investigation revealed violations at a number of businesses that have nothing to do with illegal immigrants. The group’s spokesman wouldn’t say how many businesses were implicated in the inquiry, although he acknowledged that it was “a shockingly large number.”

Kelley asked the commissioners to meet with him and the group’s other members to discuss the organization’s concerns, and some of the commissioners were eager to take him up on the offer.

“I for one would like to meet with them,” said commissioner Bill Lashley. “I would like to know what they have to say.”

Commissioner Tim Sutton also said that he’d like to meet with the group, although he added that he’s not sure the organization appreciates what the county has already done about illegal immigration.

Sutton was instrumental in the county’s decision to sign onto the Section 287(g) program, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The commissioner began pushing the program long before the county launched it in February, and Sutton is quick to point out that Alamance County was one of the first places in the United States that obtained the program’s special enforcement authority.

“Out of some 3,700 counties, we were 12th”, Sutton said that Monday’s commissioners meeting, “and that’s impressive.”

Section 287(g), which is named after the relevant portion of a federal act that created the program, allows certain specially-trained deputies to identify, charge, and process people for immigration violations once they’ve been brought tp the county jail for other unrelated offenses. The sheriff’s department detains many of these individuals once they’ve been charged, although it also houses many illegal immigrants through a separate detention program that allows the federal government to lease bed space for out-of-county inmates in the county jail.

The sheriff’s department reports that, as of last week, it processed a total of 368 people for immigration violations through Section 287(g). Randy Jones, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department, pointed out that some of these inmates may not have been local because federal agents are known to haul in suspects from other areas for processing. Even so, the department insists that the program has helped weed out the criminal element within Alamance County’s immigrant community.

Sheriff Terry Johnson told the commissioners that the county has seen a precipitous drop in many violent crimes since Section 287(g) went into effect.

“It’s shocking,” Johnson told the commissioners on Monday. “it’s telling me that the individuals who are breaking the law are leaving the county.”

Johnson said that, according to the department’s latest figures, rates for most of the “index” crimes that the department tracks have gone down during the eight months between February and September of this year as compared with the same period last year.

Johnson told the commissioners that the department has witnessed 38 percent fewer rapes and 29 percent fewer armed robberies during this year’s eight-month period. He acknowledged that break-ins have gone up about 11 percent, although he attributed the increase to the illegal drug trade rather than crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Johnson also told the commissioners that the county has seen a drop in gang-related activity since it implemented Section 287(g).

“Our gang problem in the county has gone down,” the sheriff said Monday. “I can tell you it’s gone down in the county.”

http://www.ncvoice.info/localnews.html

December 11, 2007 Posted by | alamance, north carolina | , , , , | Leave a comment