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Apr 3, '073 detained after traffic stop
HELLERTOWN | A traffic stop Saturday night ended with three people being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after officers determined the trio were in the country illegally, borough police said.
Police stopped a vehicle in the 1500 block of Main Street about 10:30 p.m. Edilzar Abilio Garcia Tzin, 23, Christain Saul Carias De Paz, 20, and Estela Blanca Hichos Ramirez, 32, allegedly are in the United States illegally from Guatemala.
CE issued detainers for them and they are being held in Northampton County Prison.
The arrests in the borough came less than 48 hours before nine men suspected of living in the country illegally were apprehended Monday morning as they arrived for work at Hotel Bethlehem in the city
Apr 3, '07Nine suspected illegal immigrants detained in Bethlehem
Bethlehem police and Northampton County prosecutors picked up 9 men suspected of being illegal immigrants this morning.
Eight men from Bolivia and one man from El Salvador were stopped around 8 a.m. in a vehicle in a parking lot in the 400 block of Main Street, said Bethlehem police Deputy Commissioner Stuart Bedics.
Apr 3, '07'RETURN TO SENDER'
ICE operations nab 53 foreign nationals
Operations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Orlando by Immigration and Customs Enforcement led to the arrest of at least 53 foreign nationals.[/B]
Miami Herald Staff Report
At least 53 foreign nationals accused of immigration law violations were taken into custody during operations in Miami-Dade, Broward and the Orlando area conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency said Sunday.
Barbara Gonzalez, a Miami spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the nationals were picked up in targeted actions carried out by the agency's fugitive operations teams on Thursday and Friday.
Forty-six of the foreign nationals were detained in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; the rest were taken into custody in the Orlando area.
Gonzalez said the arrests were part of an ongoing agency program dubbed Operation Return to Sender launched by the Department of Homeland Security in May.
Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security secretary, has said Return to Sender is the biggest operation of its kind in U.S. history.
It has netted more than 18,000 arrests of immigration violators nationwide, including more than 1,800 in Florida.
Apr 3, '07ICE is picking up and then questions are being asked later, once the person is in immigration detention.
Deporatation after a stay in Immigration Detention will bar you from coming back to the US for a minimum of ten years. And yes, they are picking up those that are working in the nursing profession, they are not limiting who they will pick up.
Do not change it.......................
Apr 4, '07359 arrested in calif. immigration sting
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san diego - u.s. authorities arrested 359 suspected illegal immigrants during a two-week operation that ended tuesday.
most arrested in the san diego area were mexican but the suspects included people from 15 countries, including cambodia, cuba,
israel, laos and thailand. they were either returned to their countries or held in jail to wait for an appearance before an immigration judge.
the arrests were part of operation return to sender, which has resulted in more than 18,000 arrests nationwide since it was launched last year. the campaign targets illegal immigrants with criminal records and those who have ignored deportation orders.
"our message is if you are ordered deported, you should obey the immigration court's order," said robin baker, immigration and customs enforcement field director for detention and removal in san diego. "otherwise, ice is going to track you down and send you home."
fifty of those arrested had criminal records, including past convictions for child sex offenses, robbery, and drug violations, according to immigration officials.
nearly all the arrests occurred at homes, authorities said. only 62 people were targets in the operation-the rest were nearby when agents appeared, known as "collateral arrests."
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Apr 4, '07oklahoma may target illegal immigrants and their employers
a bill, following laws in other states, would deny benefits, give police the power to detain, and require firms that do state work to prove their employees' status.
by miguel bustillo, times staff writer
april 3, 2007
frustrated with the federal government's response to illegal immigration, oklahoma is poised to become the next state to pass a tough law targeting illegal immigrants and the businesses that employ them.
a sweeping measure moving through the legislature would deny welfare benefits, in-state college tuition rates and numerous state subsidies to those in the country illegally. it would also empower police to detain illegal immigrants and require businesses that do work for the state to prove that their employees are legally in the country.
the legislation, written with help from a washington, d.c., legal organization that opposes illegal immigration, comes after passage of similar laws last year in colorado and georgia. like legislators in those states, the leader of the oklahoma effort said he was tired of waiting for washington politicians to fix a problem that costs his state millions of dollars a year.
"illegal aliens will not come here if there are no jobs waiting for them. they will not come if there are no taxpayer subsidies. and they certainly won't come if they know they will be physically detained until they are deported," said the bill's author, republican state rep. randy terrill. "oklahoma is obviously not the wealthiest state in the union. we can't afford to become a welfare state for the rest of the world."
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Apr 4, '07anonymous letter leads to arrest, likely deportation
[size="1"]by katie merlie
noblesville -- police are hailing a resident's anonymous letter for leading to the arrest of an illegal immigrant who previously admitted to cocaine possession.
officers from the hamilton/boone county drug task force arrested bertulio a. guillen, 200 block of lions creek circle, noblesville, about 7 p.m. thursday.
guillen was charged with false informing, a misdemeanor, because he's been using numerous aliases and incorrect birth dates throughout the community, maj. randy schalburg said friday.
"even (thursday) night, he was telling officers that he was born in 1984, but we have information that said he was born in 1977," schalburg said.
officers also determined guillen is an illegal immigrant from mexico.
noblesville police chief dick russell and mayor john ditslear received anonymous letters march 23 from a resident, who alleged guillen was selling cocaine and marijuana and is an illegal immigrant, schalburg said.
the task force obtained a search warrant for guillen's residence but found no drugs there, schalburg said.
in december 2005, guillen pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine in hamilton superior court 2. he was sentenced to 545 days in jail, but given credit for about 130 days he had served after being booked on aug. 7, 2005. his sentence included one year of probation.
schalburg said guillen's case has been turned over to immigration and customs enforcement, the largest investigative arm of the department of homeland security.
"they will most likely have him deported," he said. in the meantime, guillen posted $2,500 bond about 11 p.m. saturday.
schalburg said he welcomes information about drug problems and illegal immigrants.
Apr 4, '07In San Diego near the border, there's always a traffic check-point by the DHS...we passed through that but we weren't stopped....we were there on a valid tourist visa....reminder to all: always bring identification or your passport when travelling in the US....and do not over-stay your visa....
Apr 4, '07And no valid papers, you can wave good-bye to the US as you are escorted out and to immigration detention. And they are doing this.
Apr 4, '07I read in US newspaper editorial opinion somewhere that there was some suspicion at DC whether these raids were done deliberately for a specific purpose...(politically motivated).
Especially since Bush is doing behind the scenes negitiations with key GOP people. After all, his admin can just claim they're only enforcing the law, and what's wrong with that? Anyhow, the way these big raids break up families and leave small children at home with nobody to care for them, it kinda shows in a microcosm what would happen (on a much grander scale) if last year's hardline GOP plan to round up and deport the 12 million illegals in the US. Come to think of it, if they do this often enough to cause sufficient outrage at the damage done to these numerous broken families as well as the burden on the social welfare system (the primary breadwinner gets detained and sent out), it just might be enough to get CIR done somehow.Last edit by Hathaway on Apr 4, '07 : Reason: fix it
Apr 5, '07immigration probe targets ill. company
by john o'connor, associated press writer
springfield, ill. - executives at a cleaning company were arrested wednesday on federal charges that they hired illegal immigrants and helped them steal the identities of u.s. citizens.
gerardo dominguez, the plant manager for quality service integrity inc. in beardstown, and maria del pilar marroquin de ramirez, the company's personnel administrator, were charged with aggravated identity theft, among other offenses.
authorities charged 25 other qsi employees with identity theft, and as of wednesday afternoon had arrested 11 of them. the executives and the employees were to appear in federal court thursday.
another 49 workers were taken into custody as illegal immigrants.
an investigation found that the identities of u.s. citizens and permanent residents were "illegally obtained and used to employ illegal aliens at qsi," said lindsay murphy, assistant special agent-in-charge for u.s. immigration and customs enforcement.
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Apr 5, '07Quote from HathawayNice observations. I think whether or not these raids have some ulterior motives or not, no natural born-American citizen or any legal immigrant and even competitors of companies that employ illegal immigrants will hinder such raids and will even be the 1st in line to tip-off ICE via anonymous calls and letters.I read in US newspaper editorial opinion somewhere that there was some suspicion at DC whether these raids were done deliberately for a specific purpose...(politically motivated).
Especially since Bush is doing behind the scenes negitiations with key GOP people. After all, his admin can just claim they're only enforcing the law, and what's wrong with that? Anyhow, the way these big raids break up families and leave small children at home with nobody to care for them, it kinda shows in a microcosm what would happen (on a much grander scale) if last year's hardline GOP plan to round up and deport the 12 million illegals in the US. Come to think of it, if they do this often enough to cause sufficient outrage at the damage done to these numerous broken families as well as the burden on the social welfare system (the primary breadwinner gets detained and sent out), it just might be enough to get CIR done somehow.
Apr 10, '07There has been an increase in the raids over the past few days in CA. They work there way up the coast and then start near San Diego again. And that is where they are right now. Type of business makes no difference, health care facilities are definitely included, and have been all along.
Unfortunately, it takes them years to go after the attorneys that are helping place nurses in nursing homes illegally, but the nurses are ripe for picking and returned home. No work in the US for a minimum of ten years.