The Arizona Republic recently ran an article which they lifted from their mirror image leftie news source, the L.A. Times, regarding arrests and deportations of illegal aliens. In it they assail the raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), citing data from the curiously titled Migration Policy Institute, (described as “dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide”) which concludes that those arrested were frequently not dangerous fugitives, but merely the “low-hanging fruit” of maids and landscapers.
Ah, the old maid and landscaper gambit. Construction workers have already been addressed by the Obama administration.
The Washington D.C. based institute reports that new data shows 73 percent of the nearly 97,000 people arrested by the fugitive operations teams between 2003 and early 2008 did not have criminal records.
So according to their own statistics, over a quarter of the 100 percent of those illegally skulking into the U.S, have additional criminal records. And those figures are intended to be persuasive?
Peter L. Markowitz, director of the artfully named Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, sued the government to get the documents.
What is so difficult to understand about the criminality of foreign nationals sneaking into the United States in violation of our laws? How many would welcome lawbreakers entering their homes, stealing their personal identities and making themselves comfortable while expecting the homeowner to educate their children, provide benefits and medical services and foot the bill for criminal justice costs?
If Homeland Security decides to maintain its fugitive operations program, the department should use it “strategically to target the worst of the worst,” Markowitz said.
However a better use of time is this review on Patterico’s Pontifications website. It begins with this line: I have difficulty conveying the depth of my contempt for this morning’s shoddy article on immigration enforcement. Seeing Red AZ couldn’t have said it better.