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Criticism Of Immigration Enforcement Spurs New Measures


Aired 12/30/11

New Immigration Enforcement Measures

Last month, four U.S. citizens were detained in Los Angeles for shoplifting and other minor crimes. They were then held by immigration authorities as they considered whether or not they should be deported.

The case brought on a renewed wave of criticism over immigration enforcement programs, like Secure Communities. The program targets non-U.S. citizens who are victims of crimes for deportation. But, many times, U.S. citizens get ensnared in the process.

So in an effort to avoid future mistakes, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced a new, toll-free detainee hotline that informs people of their rights.

The agency has also introduced a new detainer form, meant to avoid having detainees held for a period longer than 48 hours as they wait to hear about their deportation status.

ICE officials said they will continue to focus on threats to public safety, repeat immigration law violators, and recent illegal border crossers.

The new service, in English and Spanish, will be available to U.S. citizens or victims of a crime who should not be deported.

The toll-free hotline number is (855) 448-6903.

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Avatar for user 'Brittanicus'

Brittanicus | January 2, 2012 at 10:52 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Let's start creating room in the United States for citizens and legal residents, than our government ignoring Americans and pandering to illegal aliens. Let's embark on giving back our tax money, to our old folks, our sick and homeless, instead of the IRS procuring our taxes to pay for foreign national’s welfare, for their children's education, free health care. If Obama remains president for another term, they will skirt the immigration laws that make us safe from drug dealers, drunken hit & run drivers and a whole mess of criminals reaching American soil. Stop the occupation of our country from other nations, before it’s too late. You can by calling your Senator and Congress person in Congress at 202-224-3121. Our countries laws are being undermined and our sovereignty trashed by Obama's mules in the Department of IN-Justice. Join a TEA PARTY near you. Make sure Obama becomes a one term president, before he erodes away the US Constitution. Join the non-profit pro-sovereignty organization. NUMBERSUSA.

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ronk1957 | January 3, 2012 at 11:14 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

ICE officials said they will continue to focus on threats to public safety, repeat immigration law violators, and recent illegal border crossers.
In other words ICE is telling them " If you can stay hidden long enough we won't deport you." How do you spell (back door amnesty) ?

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 3, 2012 at 1:53 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

@ Brittanicus,
Please spare us your political propaganda. Are you living under a rock? Obama has deported record numbers of illegal immigrants since taking office, far more than Republicans in the past. Do a simple Google News Search. Contrast this with the President who gave us Amnesty: Ronald Reagan.

You and your little 'TEA PARTY' need to learn to get your facts straight quick as the little credibility you have left is diminishing quickly.

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HarryStreet | January 3, 2012 at 5:48 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

It still makes no sense that law enforcement officials cannot question 'perps' citizenship to determine their status. We made changes where security personnel can profile walking through scanners for a reason in airports.

The same can be said considering how much illegal immigration has gotten out of control. Yes, I believe we should racial profile to help bring a stop to illegal immigration, or at least curb it. It's gotten that bad and out of control. Looking the other way has got to stop. Take the argument to the Mexican Government! They are responsible for what's going on down there and why Mexicans want to leave in search of a better life.

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DeLaRick | January 4, 2012 at 10:31 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Detention and 4th Amendment violations are not "questioning" or "racial profiling." Until the 4th Amendment is amended to read "except in cases where a citizen appears to be Mexican," the detention is illegal.

PDSD - Glad to read that the New Year hasn't eroded your sanity and sense of justice.

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Missionaccomplished | January 4, 2012 at 1:57 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

One can always count on BrittanicaARSE when it comes to stories on immigration.

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Missionaccomplished | January 4, 2012 at 1:58 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, Brittanicarse, a Teebircher like Bachmann. I'm thrilled that she bailed!

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benz72 | January 5, 2012 at 10:49 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Surely the detention of shoplifters isn't illegal, regardless of their heritage. Figuring out who you have detained before you release them seems prudent as well.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | January 6, 2012 at 1:50 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

The detention of a criminal to ascertain citizenship status is appropriate.

If the criminals were not carrying identification and likely gave false names to law enforcement, why shouldn't they be detained to determine their identity and citizenship status?

This case also raises the broader question of how US citizenship is obtained. Jus sanguinis (citizenship from parents) was the intended method by the author of the Citizenship Clause in the 14th amendment, not jus soli (citizenship from place of birth).

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