Operation Return To Sender - page 4

Latest arrests in Southern California and Contra Costa... Read More

  1. by   lawrence01
    More 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:
  2. by   lawrence01
    Traffic stop nets illegals


    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — A routine traffic stop turned into a lot more Sunday night after six illegal immigrants were discovered trespassing on coal lands.

    Patrolman Matthew Filarski, Mount Carmel Township police, reported he observed a white Dodge truck with an all-terrain vehicle in the bed pull out of Susquehanna Coal Co. property, which is private, and travel east on Route 54 in the westbound passing lane at 9:44 p.m.

    After initiating a traffic stop, the truck’s driver, Victor Hugo Romero Urena, was issued citations for trespass by motor vehicle and driving on divided highways, according to Filarski.

    Upon further investigation, it was discovered the occupants were residing in North Carolina and New Jersey and the passengers, Ivannia Maria Salmeron Navarro, Sanchez Ifaro Anna Yendry, Salmeron Navarro Guiselle and Calderon N. Douglas Hernan, were all from Costa Rica.

    While checking with the National Crime Information Center, it was learned that the passengers, as well as Urena and a 14-year-old unidentified female passenger, were all in the country illegally.

    Police contacted United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and were advised to take all occupants into custody, where they were transported to the Mount Carmel Township Police Department.

    Allenwood ICE agents arrived at the police department and took the individuals into custody, transporting them to a detention facility pending a deportation hearing.

    Filarski was assisted by Mount Carmel Township Officers David Donkochik, Matthew Dillman and Kevin Katch.

    **Source: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?n...d=558782&rfi=6
  3. by   lawrence01
    Arrests worry immigrants

    By MARIA INES ZAMUDIO • The Salinas Californian • May 23, 2008

    Selected excerpts:

    After hearing that immigration agents arrested 25 undocumented immigrants Tuesday, Pascuala Torres started to worry.

    Torres, 58, a legal resident who is studying to become a U.S. citizen, said she worries every time she hears news about immigration agents making arrests. Her son is in the process of becoming a legal resident.

    She worries he could be deported, too.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 25 undocumented immigrants in Monterey County, including two from Salinas. ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said agents had a specific list of people they wanted to arrest.

    Six of the 25 people who were arrested had a prior criminal record and three of them were sexual predators, Haley said.

    Also, seven of them had a final deportation notice. The rest were arrested for being in the country illegally, she said.

    But even with a specific individual targeted, ICE agents can still arrest any undocumented immigrant who might be at the same place where they are making the arrest.

    "Anyone living in this country illegally is subject to arrest," Haley said.

    Lara said ICE can arrest people who don't have a criminal record or are in the process of becoming legal residents.
    Haley said Tuesday's arrest weren't "immigration raids" but rather targeted enforcement.

    "We know who we are looking for," she said. "We don't inspect homes randomly."

    ICE has arrested 1,600 people since October 2007 and 300 of the people arrested had prior criminal records, she said.

    **Full story: http://thecalifornian.com/apps/pbcs....805230302/1002

    Post script:
    I suggest reading the comments below the article.

    This is one of the comments that has caught my eye:

    Read how well Arizona is doing now that they have enacted strict employer sanctions, and allowing the police to arrest and question people about their immigration status. Arizona is finding a most agreeable resurrection from the pestilence that had fed of the social welfare programs. The state has watched in amazement as highways have become less congested, the emergency rooms not crowded with foreign nationals getting free health care and the schools occupants have suddenly thinned out, and children getting more attention.
    - Soon, more States may follow suit after the people from AZ are very happy with what their politicians have done
  4. by   lawrence01
    Raid nets 54 immigrants who ignored deportation orders

    HARLINGEN - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents announced the arrest of 56 fugitive immigration violators Friday in a four-day sweep of South Texas.

    The majority of those detained were located in the Rio Grande Valley, including Juan Alonso Salas, 20, who was found at his Harlingen home Monday, the agency said in a statement.

    A federal judge ordered Salas, who has previously been convicted on drug possession and assault charges, deported in January 2005, but he has remained in Cameron County since then.

    "If you ignore a federal immigration judge's deportation order, ICE will find you, arrest you and return you to your home country," said Marc Jr.

    Moore, field office director of ICE's detention and removal operations in San Antonio.

    Fugitives were also arrested in Austin and San Antonio and hail from countries such as El Salvador, Mexico, Kenya and Peru, the agency said.

    Twenty-eight others who were in the country illegally were also discovered and detained during the operation.

    ICE did not release the total number of fugitives arrested in Hidalgo, Starr and Cameron counties Friday.

    **Source: http://www.themonitor.com/articles/i...n_federal.html
  5. by   lawrence01
    Immigrant arrested using false ID for work

    Suspect says mother gave him Social Security card as 13-year-old, report says

    by F.T. Norton
    Appeal Staff Writer,
    May 22, 2008, 4:01 AM

    A Carson City man remained in police custody Wednesday, jailed on suspicion of using another man's identity to work.

    Ricardo Gutierrez, 25, was booked at 10:15 a.m. on felony using information belonging to another. His bail was set at $7,500.

    According to the arrest report, a Los Angeles man by the name of Steve McCrary reported to Los Angeles authorities that the IRS told him someone in Carson City was working under his name and using his Social Security number.

    **Full story: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/...448740/-1/NEWS