Immigration and Customs Enforcement renews promise to focus on deporting serious criminals

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has renewed its promise to focus on serious criminals for detention and deportation. "A new policy directs ICE officers and attorneys to use appropriate discretion to make sure victims and witnesses to crimes are not put into deportation proceedings," the Associated Press reports. But that's exactly what happens in many human smuggling cases here.

As explained in the Westword story, "Disappearing Act," human smuggling cases in Colorado are nearly impossible to prosecute because ICE deports the witnesses, namely the undocumented passengers in the vehicles being driven by the alleged smugglers.

"Once they're taken into ICE custody, it's hard for us to have any impact on the process," Trish Mahre, a deputy district attorney in Mesa County, told Westword. "I don't have a process that says 'Don't deport them, because I need them for trial.'"

Some of the new policies described in the AP story are for a program called Secure Communities, which allows local law enforcement to check the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested against federal immigration databases. Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed on to the controversial program before he left office earlier this year. Secure Communities pilot programs are now running in Denver, El Paso and Arapahoe counties, says Eric Brown, spokesman for Governor John Hickenlooper. But, as the Denver Post reports, Hickenlooper wants to make sure those pilots are working as they should.

To many, that means leaving law-abiding undocumented people alone.

More from our Immigration archives: "Immigration: Fear and hope at forum prompted by raid at Morgan County's Wildcat Dairy."

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Dave Francis
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How can our overreaching government allow Mexico or any other country suethe State of Georgia, even though predominant Mexican illegal immigrantcitizens are ignoring our sovereignty laws? This is a farce, of our nation’sconstitutional rights, when the Obama administration as part of the open borderzealots, allowing this humiliation on the majority of American people. Thoselaws are being implemented in States, thus Arizona Alabama; if Georgia isto save the welfare money and public services from being drained by foreignnationals? We can only save America from these abhorrent undertakings ofmeddling from Special Interest groups, by making Barack Obama aone-term president and throwing out his growing leftist policies. In manycases, that includes to some degree Republicans have ignored the laws handeddown to us in the US Constitution. Our rights are dwindling away under currentthis administration. Emerging from the Republican Party is the TEA PARTY, thatare millions of average Americans of every color and religion, joining in anational fight against Activist judges and the dark side of the Liberalmovement.

NOW THOSE ON THE WHITE HOUSE ARE JUSTIFYING OFFERING LENIENCY, IN  A DE FACTO AMNESTY FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

This is now the perfect time to insist on mandated policing laws. Republicansare offering this action of using E-Verify and Secure Communities, for thereduction of illegal aliens amongst us? Already upheld by the Supreme Court,both federal applications can start to track foreigners, who are stealing jobsand Secure communities to identify all criminal aliens once they are in the clutchesof the local police. We must also stand with Georgia and Arizona who haveenacted enforcement laws, sadly being reduced by the Obama's leftistcolleagues. Georgia, not the richest State is overrun by foreigners, who haveillegally settled there and are involved in bleeding their public benefits. Whyis it so different for Georgia to check the immigration status of people, whenI have been stopped countless times and asked for my vehicle registration anddriving license?  Why is this federal case, when all it is aboutbeing "politically Correct" that has become a virulent policy, whichwe are, forced to conform too. Anything to pin on the  moderates as racial profiling case and denying the people , to follow the "Rule ofLaw"  not the  made up stuff, played on us by  Leftistjudges making up their own States statutes or federal interpretations, fromcourts such as the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

Another issue that needs to be explained is our government supportingactivist groups, who wish to see the demise of America, by overrunning ournation without a shot. There whole idea is a swarming mechanism, bringing in asmany foreign nationals from South of the border with impunity. Taxpayer arefortunately being alerted, that  they are forced by federal law, to caterto illegal aliens for low income housing, child care, free health treatment andeducation for all their millions of children. We are like moths to a financialflame drawing into America, the rejected from foreign governments. Yet whyAmericans and those here legally, don't have the availability of free healthcare, as the debt collectors and credit laws, but chase us down like rats topay  Even while Americans are desperately trying to consolidate a homeloans, refinance vehicles, illegal aliens collect welfare money, food stampsand in some States unemployment benefits. Every day more poverty finds a waythrough our mostly vulnerable border, while companies are sealing our fate bymoving overseas or across our border, outsourcing jobs in other lands?

WE MIGHT BE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, BUT WE ARE ALSO A NATION OFBENEVOLENT FOOLS.  HAVE WE NOT LEARNED OUR LESSON YET?  ARE WETO TOLERATE OBAMA'S LIBERALS IN GOVERNMENT, DEMANDING WE OUTLAY 2.5 TRILLION DOLLARSTO ENACT ANOTHER MASS AMNESTY NIGHTMARE. ONLY THE TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP CAN SAVEUS NOW.

A reflection of our insanity is the statement of NumbersUSA website, foraccording to Judicial Watch, federal funding for the radical NationalCouncil of La Raza has doubled in the years since Pres. Barack Obama appointedformer NCLR Vice President Cecilia Munoz as White House Director of IntergovernmentalAffairs. Since joining the Administration in 2009, La Raza's funding hasincreased from $4 million to $11.1 million, mostly coming from the LaborDepartment headed by former California Congresswoman and amnesty supporterHilda Solis. As a Congresswoman, Hilda Solis regularly teamed up with La Razafor nationwide initiatives. "It is distressing to know that the intenselyspecial-interest advocacy of this open-borders group operates with millions ofdollars from taxpayers while the public-interest advocacy groups likeNumbersUSA don't get a penny from the government to fight for taxpayers andworkers of all ethnicities," said NumbersUSA President Roy Beck."Instead, we rely on the personal, voluntary contributions of taxpayers tofight the open-borders agenda of these groups like La Raza which all citizensare coerced to support through their taxes."

Judicial Watch also noted that the National Council of La Raza wasn't theonly organization to gain with Munoz's appointment. An offshoot of La Raza,Chicanos Por La Causa, has also received an increase in funding, receiving$18.3 million since Munoz's appointment. La Raza uses funding from the federalgovernment and other sources to provide social services, housing counseling andfarm worker assistance to the Latino community. But they also spend a largechunk of money lobbying Congress for amnesty and protections for illegalaliens. While federal funding is not likely used for lobbying, it frees upother funds raised for lobbying efforts.

According to OpenSecrets.org, the La Raza has spent more than $500,000 per year in lobbying each every year since 2006.

Hasn't the people had enough of these venomous lies spread by Liberal pressevery day, or the open border lobbyists pleading for compassion and favorsat the same time. Many of our own people are living in poverty, so we need nomore Immigration Reform bills, Sanctuary city laws? In the election of 2012, itwill be jobs and the economy, but illegal immigration will be forcing its wayto the surface and the issue will not be tucked under the rug. This will be acrucial vote for all Americans and legal residents not matter your politicalparty or ethnic background. The TEA PARTY is producing huge waves of discontentin both parties, because they ready to fight for every birthright citizen andpotential new American. They will not cave-in to either party, but will welcomeall those against the silent invasion of illegal aliens. The TEA PARTY willreign in the radical organizations like La Raza, and will repudiate any chanceof another Amnesty.

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