Thursday, July 20, 2006

Immigration News Roundup

Sorry for the late posting, it has been an insane day.

A follow up to yesterday's post, three more human beings were found in the desert west of Phoenix. Contrary to the demonization done by the enforcement-only harpies, they are in fact human beings. With families. I have little respect for those who spit out "build the wall and kick them out" without taking that fact into consideration.
Three more undocumented immigrants were found Wednesday as sheriff's deputies wrapped up a rescue operation in the desert about 50 miles west of Phoenix.

The three, like some of the nearly 90 others who were rounded up Tuesday, were taken to hospitals for treatment of dehydration and heat-related illnesses, said Sgt. Jim Kempher, a sheriff's spokesman. - linkage
The militarization of the region continues with almost half of the 6000 expected National Guard troops to be stationed here in Arizona. Looks like the human funnel will be shifted elsewhere to more remote regions. Look for a spike in deaths throughout the Las Cruces/Deming, New Mexico areas.

Sheriff Joe and his vigilante posse are in a spat with federal immigration officials.
An ICE spokesman said only federal agents with ICE, the Border Patrol and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials are legally empowered to determine who is a citizen and who is in the country legally, which they do through specific interviews and checks.

"An officer must base the determination of status upon either an interview of the subject or through fingerprint comparison with existing records," ICE Special Agent in Charge Roberto Medina said in a July 6 letter to Arpaio. "Furthermore, only federal officers can place detainers pursuant to the (Immigration and Nationality Act)."

State and county law enforcement can't make such determinations about "alienage."
Finally, don't forget that tonight there will be a fundraising dinner for the Border Action Network to help promote an all-encompassing campaign for Human Rights. I'll see you there.

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