Audit: Feds' immigration check system fails 12 percent of the time

On December 18, 2012 the Washington Times published a story about a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report that incompetence and ineptitude at USCIS is so rampant that criminal aliens stay in the United States and obtain jobs in sensitive locations and participate in various social welfare programs.

ICE deports leader of multinational human smuggling network

On December 20, 2012 ICE issued a news release that reported on the deportation of Orlando Escobar-Leon, aka Eduardo Morales Esquivel, an illegal alien possessing dual citizenship in Mexico and Guatemala. Escobar-Leon headed an alien smuggling network with 12 other co-conspirators whose identities and other background information were not divulged.

Former INS employee, 6 others indicted in marriage fraud scheme

Immigration discussions usually focus on lax border security or on the need to punish employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens. Rarely discussed is the flawed process by which aliens are granted a variety of immigration benefits which range from obtaining permission to lawfully work, to acquiring lawful immigrant status and, ultimately, to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Separate that family but not this one

On Monday, the Archdiocese of Atlanta called on the Obama administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Speaking on behalf of one million Georgia Catholics, Archbishop Wilton Gregory lauded the administration for issuing work permits  and deportation reprieves to illegal immigrants.  However, the Archbishop wants more.

File this Under “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”

According to Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, the two countries are within days of announcing a new initiative that will allow Mexican trucks bound for the U.S. to circumvent inspection at ports of entry. Under the plan, U.S. officials stationed south of the border will conduct the inspections.

At the NAFTA20 conference in San Antonio November 15 and 16, Sarukhan told a panel that:

Immigrants are Often the Victims of Crimes Committed by Transnational Gangs and Illegal Aliens

All too often, romanticized accounts about how illegal aliens are simply seeking their share of the “American Dream” fail to deal with the true stories about the criminals and their victims.

Often the opponents of immigration law enforcement play on the compassion of Americans, convincing them that immigration law enforcement is unfair and racist.

Sixteen indicted in Houston-area drug, alien smuggling organization

On October 17, 2012, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) posted a news release on its website that bore the headline that serves as the title for this commentary.

Here is a quote from the news release that provides an overview of the successful investigation:

The two-year investigation resulted in the return of two sealed indictments Sept. 20, which were unsealed following the execution of arrest warrants Oct. 16 and 17.

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg Demands Trespassers be Prosecuted, But Ignores Dangers Posed by Immigration Law Violators

On September 27, 2012 the New York Post published an article, “Bloomberg blasts Bronx DA for not prosecuting trespassing arrests” which stated:

“Mayor Bloomberg blasted the Bronx DA's controversial policy of not prosecuting some trespassing arrests in public housing -- saying that the move will bring the city back to its bad old days of crime and disorder.

ICE deports Polish fugitive wanted for manslaughter

On September 20, 2012 ICE's Chicago office issued a press release that heralded the deportation of a Dariusz Wietocha, a 43 year old citizen of Poland back to his native country so that he could be prosecuted for allegedly violating motor vehicles that resulted in two pedestrians being struck by the vehicle he was driving.  As a consequence of that accident, one of the pedestrians died and the other was injured.

According to the press release:

9/11: Eleven years later

It has been 11 years since the horrible attacks of September 11, 2001.  That day saw a nation in terror, shock and confusion.  What we learned in the following days, weeks and months is that a group of suicide terrorists who learned how to fly in our flight schools walked freely through our airports, hijacked four flights and murdered 3,000 people. As we still grieve, for we will never be the same again, where are we now?