Illegal Immigrant/Immigration News Roundup — June 28, 2010

Posted on June 28, 2010

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A sampling of news stories and commentary related to illegal immigrants and illegal immigration:

  • An illegal immigrant was apprehended after fleeing law enforcement when he was flagged down at a port of entry in the U.S. on his way back to Mexico. Police found weapons and ammunition in his car.
  • Philadelphia will be ending the arrangement allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) to examine their arrests database for any suspected illegals.  The agreement, in the past, “has resulted in deportation proceedings against immigrants arrested on even minor charges.” 
  • The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit against Arizona’s two-year old employer sanctions law which fines employers for “knowingly hiring” illegal immigrants.  The suit has been brought about by two groups from opposite sides of the aisle:  the ACLU and the Chamber of Commerce.   The Obama administration has recently taken sides and agreed with the lawsuit as well.  Interestingly, the law has been challenged and upheld before in the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.   The lawsuit will be heard when the SCOTUS resumes its term in October. 
  • A Mexican federal police agency which was formed “in the 1990s for the purpose of protecting northbound immigrants from bandits and providing the immigrants other humanitarian services,”  has issued a warning to would-be illegal immigrants about the dangers of crossing the desert in the heat of summer.
  • Apparently the large amount of people wanting to live in the U.S. versus the number who are actually allowed to come here is part of the illegal immigration problem.  Well sorry, but just because you “want” something, doesn’t mean you’re gonna get it.  Just because my child would love to play video games all day and eat junk food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…..doesn’t mean I’m going to let  him do it.  We, as a nation, cannot take in every single person who wants to come here,  especially in a time of deep recession with underemployment hovering at 18%.  Like the Rolling Stones sing, “You can’t always get what you want.”   Maybe those wanting to live here should try to take active steps in their own countries to emulate the U.S. where they live.
  • One-time Phoenix Police Chief, Harold Hurtt, has been chosen by the Obama administration for a position in I.C.E.  Mr. Hurtt, who is a “sanctuary city” supporter, will head coordination between federal and local law enforcement.  Can someone please explain to me how “sanctuary cities” are allowed to exist when they violate current immigration law?
  • The Washington Times is reporting that the 15-year old Mexican boy who was shot and killed by Border Patrol while throwing rocks at them was among the “most wanted”  juvenile smugglers in El Paso.
  • Hundreds of people protested outside of Raul Grijalva’s office over the weekend against his stand opposing Arizona’s new anti-illegal immigration law, SB-1070, and his support for boycotts of his own state.  Just a reminder, Grijalva is up for re-election in November. 
  • Well, Arizonans got their answer of how many of those promised 1,200 National Guard troops will be heading to the Arizona-Mexico border; a grand total of 524.  The news was not delivered to Arizona’s governor first, but to the most-likely Democrat running for the governor’s job this November. 
  • More musicians are joining the boycott Arizona movement.  You can add Nine Inch Nails and Maroon 5 to the list of those refusing to perform in Arizona.   
  • Tennessee passed a law today requiring state jailers to determine if their inmates are in the country illegally and report them if they are.  Of course the ACLU urged the bill not be signed for fear of “racial profiling.”