CAPS Articles

Massive Sweep Deports Hundreds

More than 1,300 are arrested as U.S. officials target immigrant criminals in Southland.

By Anna Gorman and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2007

Federal officers in Southern California over the last two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 immigrants, most of whom either have criminal records or have failed to abide by deportation orders -- part of an intensifying but controversial effort across the nation to remove such violators.

1,327 Arrested in S. California Immigration Raids

About 90 percent of detainees have criminal records

By Matt Krasnowski, San Diego Union-Tribune
October 4, 2007

LOS ANGELES – More than 1,300 illegal immigrants in five Southern California counties were arrested in the past two weeks during one of the nation's largest immigration sweeps, federal officials said yesterday.

The roundup by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was “one of the largest immigration enforcement actions ICE has ever taken,” said the agency's Assistant Secretary Julie Myers.

1,300 Immigrants Arrested by Feds

By Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Daily News, Whittier Daily News
October 4, 2007

In what federal authorities are calling the largest sweep of criminal and fugitive immigrants, federal agents over the past two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 Southland immigrants in their homes, in jails and at work, officials announced Wednesday.

Immigration Strategies Taking Shape

By Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle
October 5, 2007

In separate rooms on overlapping morning hours at the National Press Club this week, two very different groups were launching the next rounds in the simmering immigration fight.

In the Zenger Room, named for German immigrant John Peter Zenger, who helped establish free speech law, Californians for Population Stabilization released a study claiming there are 20 million to 38 million illegal immigrants in America, not the 12 million the federal government says.

Pro-Con: Should Churches Participate in the New Sanctuary Movement

By Randy Alcorn, The Kansas City Star

Historically, churches in America have been participants in various social movements including those abolishing slavery and extending civil rights to all citizens.

While few would disagree that some social movements were necessary to bring America closer to its founding credo of liberty and justice for all its citizens, the current New Sanctuary Movement is neither noble nor necessary.

The Forked Tongue Express

By Peter Schaeffer, CAPS Member
June 2007

I have examined the proposed new immigration law and have read many critiques and defenses of it. The following notes are an attempt to answer some of the key questions surrounding the new bill. So far, the White House has enjoyed some success in spreading myths about the new bill. Most of these myths are deflated by examining the literal language of the bill or considering how it will actually work in practice. As a quick summary, this is a pure Amnesty bill with nothing else of substance in it. The notes:

No shortage of water ideas

Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Times
Re:"MWD warns of water cuts, higher rates," Oct. 9

By Al Stroberg, Ojai
October 14, 2007

The article on the Metropolitan Water District's plans for dealing with a water shortage was important, but I was astounded that no mention was made of stopping new connections. Rather than drive out the farmers with a potentially devastating cutback, the obvious first step is to stop adding consumers. We have too many people in Southern California; the shortage is yet another result.

Proposed fence along the Rio Grande in Texas

Letter to the Editor
Re: Proposed fence along the Rio Grande in Texas

By Ben Zuckerman, Ph.D., Los Angeles
October 18, 2007
Los Angeles Times

U.S. Agency Looks at Eliminating Old Green Cards

About 750,000 IDs issued without expiration dates would be void. Immigration advocates say it's a ploy to round up legal permanent residents who have committed crimes.

By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is considering a proposal to eliminate hundreds of thousands of green cards issued years ago without expiration dates, a move that would help the agency track down individuals who have committed crimes and might be eligible for deportation.

California Focus: Picket-Line Hypocrisy in Hollywood

Writers' strike reveals Left Coast outrage hinges on whose job is at stake

By Mark Cromer, The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News

What's the difference between an illegal immigrant on a job and a "scab" that crosses a picket line? After all, aren't people both merely seeking work where they can find it? Aren't both willing to toil at a lower wage in an effort to feed their families?