Have the Feds finally gotten it on Illegal Immigration?
In an Interview with ABC, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff provided an encouraging picture on the enforcement of our immigration laws. There have been dramatic recent increases in deportations. But with the record that the federal government has on enforcing immigration laws, I want to see far more over a much longer period of time before I believe they have actually gotten it. What is going to count most is continued and sustained enforcement. Otherwise who is going to believe that this is anything more than a publicity stunt. That being said… it is a good first step in the right direction… only time will tell if they continue to go in that direction.
It is a new war on illegal immigration that grows increasingly visible and more intense by the day.
“I think we’re talking about something the American people have never seen before, which is what do we do and what do we see when the government gets serious about using all the legal tools available to make the law work and to enforce the law,” Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff told ABC News in an exclusive interview.
“And that’s why there has been a tenfold increase or more in the number of absconders [fugitive aliens] that we’ve rounded up and sent back. And that’s why there have been dramatic increases in our removals, [and] we’ve gone from one or two criminal cases five or six years ago to about 800 criminal cases this past year, because we are really pulling out all the stops,” Chertoff continued.
Across the country, federal agents have been raiding businesses and homes in an unprecedented campaign targeting illegal immigrants.
Just last month, federal agents conducted work-site raids in seven cities, arresting nearly 200 undocumented workers. Another 2,357 illegal immigrants previously ordered deported were also rounded up.
In the last week in California, 1,300 illegal immigrants were arrested — one of the biggest sweeps in recent memory. On Long Island, authorities rounded up 186 people — most are believed to be gang members. In Nevada, more that 50 workers at McDonald’s restaurants were recently targeted.
Rest of the Interview here