The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agencey (ICE) has been offering training programs to police departments that allow them to enforce federal immigration laws since 1996, but up until 2002, only 1 department took them up on that offer. Now ICE is training 42 departments with 92 in the queue.
In Houston, inmates’ immigration status is verrified.
Attorney General Anne Milgram (D-NJ) has requested that all police ask arrested suspects their immigration status.
Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) signed an executive order that requires all state agents to enforce immigration laws.
Maricopa County, Arizona (includes Phoenix) Sheriff Joe Arpaio (“America’s Toughest Sherrif”) (Republican) said, “When my deputies come across illegals, they arrest them — even on traffic violations. People ask me why I am taking this on? The last I heard, crossing the border is an illegal activity. I took an oath of office to enforce the law, so I am enforcing the law.”
But some people oppose this enforcement, such as Susan Shah, a spokesman of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, who claims, “People are very, very fearful of interaction with law enforcement. Even people with legal status, whose families may have mixed immigration status, now have a fear of opening the door” (MSNBC). I don’t see why LEGAL citizens should have any fear at all – if they’re legal, what’s the problem? Like I said in a previous post, if you aren’t breaking the law, why are you afraid?
And then you have some people claiming that victims of crimes and domestic violence won’t come forward. Well, if they come forward, then you take down their story, arrest the criminals, and then deport any illegal immigrants – that way, if the victims are miles away, and they won’t be victims any more anyway.
And if people prey on illegal immigrants because of their status, and they figure that the immigrants won’t report them because they don’t want to be deported, then charge the criminals with a hate crime, under the U.S. Federal code.
I do have to say that while I am all for police departments arresting illegals, they shouldn’t be pulling people over just because of skin color, because that’s racism. If they run the plate of a car and find out that it’s an illegal immigrant, that’s fine, but they do need probable cause.
Fortunately, here in Michigan, we don’t have a huge illegal immigrant problem (although it still is a problem even if we have 1), but I hope people like Sheriff Joe Arpaio keep up the great work in stopping this crime wave that is out of control!