First in New Jersey, Attorney General Anne Milgram has issued a directive that orders police to ask suspects of violent crimes their immigration status and to report suspected illegal immigrants to the Feds:
The requirements, which go into effect immediately, apply to suspects arrested for specific indictable offenses and for driving while intoxicated, Milgram said. If the suspect is unable to prove he or she is legally in the United States, the police officer is required to notify Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, she said. The policy also specifies that prosecutors and courts be notified.
Local officers cannot inquire about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses to crimes or persons requesting police assistance, she said.
"The overriding mission of law enforcement officers in this state is to enforce the state's criminal laws and to protect the community that they serve," Milgram said. "This requires the cooperation of, and positive relationships with, all members of the community. Public safety suffers if individuals believe they cannot come forward to report a crime or cooperate with law enforcement."
The 7-page directive also sets guidelines for municipalities that apply to federal immigration officials for Section 287(g) authority, which deputizes local, county and state officers to enforce federal immigration laws. While the directive grants the full exercise of federal immigration authority at county jails and state prisons for incarcerated undocumented immigrants, Milgram said, street cops participating in 287(g) could invoke federal immigration authority only after an arrest is made.
Morristown's application for 287(g) authority, the first in the state, has generated heated debate in the Morris County community. One other New Jersey municipality has inquired about the program, according to ICE officials, who would not identify the town.
This is undoubtedly in response to Jose Carranza, one of the illegal immigrants who viciously hacked and then executed four New Jersey college kids after being charged with raping a five year old girl. Michelle Malkin has the details of what these animals did to the college kids, which has similarities to MS-13 style killings. Officials are now acknowledging that these criminals have MS-13 gang affiliations. Michelle also included a list of the attorney generals in all fifty states and DC. Call them and insist that they do what New Jersey's AG has done.
Additionally, illegals are leaving Oklahoma in record numbers in advance of a new state law that will focus on deporting illegal immigrants back to their home countries. Note in this article, however, that those who are leaving in fear of the law aren't even described as illegal immigrants; instead, they're simply described "Hispanic."
Tens of thousands of Hispanics have left the Tulsa area. And, a law designed to crack down on illegal immigration hasn't even taken effect yet. But, there's a catch.
East Tulsa is where the majority of Hispanics ended up settling. They came by the thousands and now they're leaving that way, too. And, it's all because of one word -- deportation.
Business owner Simon Navarro came to America for a better life. And, he found one on Tulsa's east side.
"I have 11 years here in Tulsa," he says.
But, a tough new state law has much of Tulsa's immigrant population fleeing for fear of deportation.
Of course, the author of this piece ignores the fact that Mr. Navarro just didn't come to America but crossed into this country illegally, yet he's being portrayed as the victim.
So where are the illegals going?
Most illegal immigrants are ending up in either Kansas or Arkansas. But, that may not be for long. Arkansas is about to adopt a law like Oklahoma's. Kansas is considering the same thing.
These states are all moving in the right direction, but more has to be done.
Update: Well, isn't this just lovely. The US government is one of the biggest employers of illegal immigrants:
If President Bush is serious about getting tough on U.S. employers who hire illegal aliens, he can start with his own administration, which employs thousands of unauthorized workers, says the top Republican on the House immigration subcommittee.
A 2006 audit showed federal, state and local governments are among the biggest employers of the half-million persons in the U.S. illegally using "non-work" Social Security numbers -- numbers issued legally, but with specific instructions that the holders are not authorized to work in the U.S.
"Let's clean up our own house, let's especially clean up the federal employment of all those working for the federal government," said Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee.
According to the 2006 audit by the Social Security inspector general, 17 of the 100 worst employers using employees with non-work numbers were government agencies: seven federal agencies, seven state agencies and three local governments. That means the government knows who those employees are, but usually does not go after them.
Only who knows how long the government has been hiring illegals; I have a hard time believing that the practice just began with President Bush.
On a related note, recently deported Elvira Arellano argued that the US broke the law first by not enforcing its own immigration laws to begin with; therefore, those who cross the border illegally shouldn't be held accountable. Although she probably didn't mean to, her point actually helps the anti-illegal immigration cause because it's what we've been arguing for a long time. When the government refuses to enforce our borders, we encourage more illegals to flood the country.