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- Apr 28, '07 by lawrence01traffic stop yields 13 suspected undocumented immigrants
the arizona republic
apr. 26, 2007 04:50 pm
a routine traffic stop ended in the pursuit of a vehicle packed with 15 people believed to be undocumented immigrants.
the chase started when an arizona department of public safety officer pulled over a white chevy suburban for speeding on interstate 1-10 westbound near 24th street. as the officer exited his car, the suburban sped away.
the vehicle exited the freeway on jefferson street then headed down washington street going in the wrong direction. the vehicle finally came to a stop near the intersection of washington street and 30th street. all of the vehicle's passengers, as well as the driver, ran from the scene.
phoenix police assisted in the apprehension of 13 of the passengers, but the driver and one other passenger escaped. the person believed to be smuggling the immigrants was not among those taken into custody.
officials conducted an extensive ground and air search with no further findings. the 13 immigrants that were captured were turned over to immigration and customs enforcement officials.
- Apr 28, '07 by suzanne4And that was very close to the airport in Phoenix, and that area is also loaded with police. Definitely not a smart move for that driver. Trying to flee from the police also gives him more years in custody.
- Sep 7, '07 by lawrence01NO SYMPATHY FOR ILLEGALS AND THOSE WHO HIRE THEM
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, one of the country's most outspoken opponents of illegal immigration, has lobbied Washington to crack down on employers who hire illegal workers -- jobs he believes should go to Americans.
"I've been saying for two and a half years 'We're coming, ... don't hire illegals, don't violate the law,"' Jones said after the raid. "I personally have no sympathy for you whatsoever. None. Zero."
While rumors flew among Hispanics that some had been hurt or even frozen to death during the raid, ICE spokesman Greg Palmore said there were no significant injuries and that workers who hid in freezers had quickly been found.
A spokesman at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield said six people had been brought in with minor injuries including frostbite, and that all but one had been treated and released.
Palmore said everything possible had been done to ensure children would not be left unattended if parents had been arrested, and ICE officials said some workers may be released for humanitarian reasons if caregivers could not be found.
Still, many families said they'd been torn apart.
Guadalupe Santos, 40, said his eldest daughter, Rose Alba, 20, was swept up in the raid. He's been caring for her 6-month-old son, Christopher, ever since.
"We are frantic with worry," said Santos, who came to the United States almost seven years ago from Mexico City with his wife and three daughters. "We don't know where she's being held, or if we'll get access to her. We don't know if we should get a lawyer."
Santos, who is a cook at a Chili's restaurant, said fear had gripped the Hispanic community.
"Everyone saw the raid on television, there is widespread fear, and now nobody wants to go out onto the street."
- Similar raids are also conducted in Heath Care facilities throughout States and this also includes those who are out of status w/c can be checked during routine traffic stops and other similar routine instances.
*Click to read whole article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/usa_immig...rrXvn5BBhQuk0ALast edit by lawrence01 on Sep 7, '07
- Sep 7, '07 by pinoy_guychinese woman who miscarried twins during deportation gets political asylum
during a hearing tuesday in new york, u.s. immigration court judge barbara a. nelson granted jiang's request for political asylum based on china's one-child policy. jiang and her husband have two sons.
the ruling means she now has permanent legal immigrant status, her attorney, richard bortnick, told the associated press.
"we're pleased with the government's decision, and we believe it's the correct decision," he said friday.
jiang, who emigrated from fujian province in southeastern china, ran a restaurant in philadelphia for 10 years with her husband. she was 13 weeks pregnant with twins when she arrived at the downtown immigration office for what she believed was a routine appointment.
as her husband and sons, then 5 and 7 years old, waited in the lobby, she was put in a van and driven to kennedy airport in new york to be immediately deported.
no wonder they mistakenly deported a naturalized us citizen to mexico.
- Mar 3, '08 by lawrence01Public arrests cause panic in immigrants
Published: February 29, 2008 | Author: Olivia Quinto
Total Views: 1433 | Rating:NEW YORK — Last month, Roy Villega* and a friend, purchased a Greyhound ticket from New York City to take a trip upstate. At 2:30 in the morning, the bus stopped in front of a non-descript building in another city. Villega, believing this was another terminal stop, thought nothing was wrong. Until, officers from the Border Patrol came on board.
After going down the aisle and asking bus passengers for identification, the officers stood in front of Villega and his friend and asked for their identifications. Villega and his companion, still groggy from sleep, provided their driver’s licenses. seeing that their driver’s licenses were from out of state, the officers became suspicious and asked for their passports. After more questioning, the officers hauled Villega and his friend out of the bus, handcuffed them and transported them to border patrol offices where they were interrogated about their immigration status.
Not read his Miranda rights, Villega protested his questioning, and remembering movies that he saw, asked to speak with a lawyer. At first Border Patrol refused him this privilege but finally gave him a chance to speak with an attorney. However, according to Villega, not after the officers put him through some humiliating questioning first.
The officers, said Villega, derided his citizenship, asking sarcastically if he was a fan of Manny Pacquiao, accused him of counterfeiting when they found a “a million dollar bill” playbill in his pocket which Villega kept for good luck and interrogated him about the medicine he had in his possession. Medicine he needed for his heart, liver and blood pressure due to his diabetic condition.
Afterwards, Villega and his companion were transferred to a federal detention center where he was held for nine days until he posted bond. Villega, like many undocumented immigrants in the Filipino community in the United States, entered the country legally as a tourist visa in 2003. He decided to overstay however when he was diagnosed with diabetes, claiming that he feared returning to the Philippines because the lack of his resources there meant a more debilitating condition. His daughter, a legal immigrant who came with a student visa, was set to petition him in 2010 when she becomes a U.S. citizen.
Villega is now awaiting a hearing with Homeland Security in March.Villega’s arrest is part of a seemingly new strategy of partnerships being undertaken by immigration authorities to curb the growth of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Indeed, since 2002, Greyhound has had a policy to fire employees who sell bus tickets to undocumented immigrants. The policy was in response to the 2001 indictment of another bus company in Los Angeles charged with immigrant smuggling. And Greyhound isn’t the only company with such a policy. Sistema Internacional de Transporte de Autobuses who operates the Crucero and Autobuses Americanos bus lines, also has had a policy similar to Greyhound’s since 2002.
A new development has also involved the Transportation Security Administration and domestic flights within the U.S. In the past, TSA has only been in charge of checking baggage for dangerous items. But since last summer, TSA document checkers are now asking people who present foreign passports to show an unexpired visa, showing that they are still in the U.S. “legally”.
TSA reported that it has “found thousands of suspect, illegible or expired documents, including passports, visas, and driver’s licenses”. In addition, the agency also noted that “individuals with fraudulent or suspect documents are now being referred to law enforcement for closer scrutiny and investigation instead of proceeding to the boarding gate.”
However, one of the policies that has garnered increasing firestorm is a mandate for local police to check immigration status.
Since 2002, a law called 287 (g) has allowed state and local authorities to enter into a partnership with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency known as ICE, to have their local law enforcement officers be deputized to perform certain functions of federal immigration officers. Basically, the law repeals the common “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy followed by most local authorities.
Indeed, during a New America Media teleconference last Thursday with the ethnic press, Flavia Jimenez of the National Council of La Raza, an activist group for Hispanic Americans, noted that “there is a waiting list of counties and cities to enter into these agreements [with ICE].”
Local officers trained under 287 (g) learn to use ICE and Homeland Security Department databases to find out a person’s immigration status. In addition, police now also have access to civil immigration warrants (also known as outstanding deportation orders), many of which were added beginning in 2002 to the FBI-run National Crime Information Center, formerly a database only for criminals.
Increasingly, because of this policy, undocumented immigrants are now being caught during routine traffic violations.
The source of these local enforcement is the states’ and counties’ frustration with the lack of the federal government’s action over the country’s broken immigration system, so many have taken measures in their own hands.http://www.philippinenews.com/articl...d=1920&catId=1
- 2 illegal immigrants in jail after traffic stop
FROM STAFF REPORTS
SHENANDOAH — A Saturday traffic stop ended with two illegal immigrants being transported to Schuylkill County Prison.
State police at Frackville said Ramiro Olallo, 20, of Shenandoah, was observed going through a stop sign on Chestnut Street and Route 54 and then his vehicle almost hit another vehicle. When Olallo couldn’t provide a license or ID, he was transported to the Frackville station, where he was fingerprinted for identification purposes and found to be in the country illegally, police said.
Following an investigation into the traffic stop, the vehicle owner, Alejandro Chagolla Escoredo, 30, of Shenandoah, was interviewed at the Frackville station. Escoredo produced a fraudulent international driver’s license and a fraudulent social security number, and further investigation revealed that Escoredo was also in the United States illegally, police said.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement assisted and lodged a detainer on both men, police said.
- U.S. catching illegals in record numbers
By Jerry Seper
March 16, 2008
The Department of Homeland Security, continuing to enforce what it calls a "strict policy of arresting, prosecuting and jailing" illegal immigrants, deported a record number of those caught on the nation's borders last year — more than 280,000 in fiscal year 2007 compared to 186,000 a year earlier.
It was the largest number of illegals ever removed from the country in a single year.
- Immigrants had counterfeit ID, police say By staff reports, March 18, 2008
Last updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 12:24 PM EDT
Three illegal immigrants from El Salvadoran who tried to use counterfeit Social Security and immigration cards to get jobs at a local hotel were discovered by a sharp-eyed manager, according to Middlesex Township police.
“The only thing we could get out of them is that they received the cards from a friend,” said Detective Keith Seibert, noting that the three women spoke Spanish and were not cooperative when police arrested them. Two of the sets of cards were “decent” counterfeits, Seibert said, but one looked suspicious enough to raise questions.
“They were actually counterfeit cards using valid numbers,” Seibert said, explaining that one of the numbers belonged to a man. Police aren’t sure of the extent of the counterfeiting at this point, he said, but the issue is serious because it will eventually cause problems for the people those numbers really belong to.
The hotel was in the 1800 block of Harrisburg Pike, police said, and they were alerted at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. Deysi Lopez, 21, Estela Henriquez, 31, and Canas Ruiz, 27, were charged with forgery and tampering with public records, police said. They are in Cumberland County Prison on $25,000 bail and will be detained by Immigration and Customs enforcement.
“It appears from what we found that they came into Texas, worked in Houston, then migrated to the Pennsylvania area,” Seibert said. The hotel manager thought the three had worked at another area hotel before applying to that one, he said.
- llegals won't seek tax ID number
Okay, so our state treasurer is guilty of the same mistakes made all too often by executives. That of trusting staff members to provide accurate data and information. In most cases the data and information is accurate, but occasionally it has not been properly vetted. As is the case with Sarah Steelman's statement. However, I have some questions about the News-Leader's data.
Show of hands now. Who really believes illegal immigrants, who are afraid of being discovered and deported, are actually going to apply for a tax ID number? How many Missouri taxpayers, unless they are self-employed, have tax ID numbers other than their Social Security number? Who really believes the Social Progressive propaganda that "many of those illegal immigrants are paying taxes"? If an enterprising illegal immigrant were to somehow obtain a valid tax ID number without exposing him or herself to deportation, why would they continually pump any of their hard-earned money into the state's coffer when they repeatedly are unable to file for any possible refund without a valid Social Security number?
How many of us have stood in line at the customer service counter on Friday or Saturday and watched person after person ahead lay out a roll of cash after filling out a Western Union money transfer form? Not only are these individuals not paying taxes, their earnings are not staying in this country, not supporting our economy, thereby providing a double whammy to our economy.
- May 28, '08 by lawrence01More than 300 L.A.-area arrests made in crackdown on immigration violations
By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 27, 2008
In an ongoing push to deport immigration violators, federal officers have arrested more than 300 immigrants in the Los Angeles area in the last three weeks.
The statewide operation resulted in the arrests of more than 900 immigrants, most of whom committed crimes, ignored deportation orders or returned to the U.S. after being removed, according to federal authorities. Half of those arrested have since been deported to their native countries, authorities said.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has regularly sent out "fugitive operations" teams since the program's inception in 2003, but this was the first time all 13 teams in California had traveled the state together, said Brian DeMore, acting field office director of detention and removal operations in Los Angeles. A total of 905 immigrants were arrested, including 327 in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. "Overall it was a great success," DeMore said. Immigrants rights advocates criticized the operation, saying that many non-criminals were swept up. During the operation, from May 5 to May 23, arrestees included dozens who did not have criminal records or outstanding deportation orders.
*Full story: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,2592588.story