ICE: 949,382 illegals with ‘removal orders’ still free, raids get just .07%…

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By Paul Bedard

Despite media reports of a massive crackdown by President Trump on illegal immigrants, just a tiny percentage of the nearly 1 million on the government’s deportation list have been arrested, according to statistics provided to Congress.

The 680 seized in recent sweeps by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents represent just .07 percent of the 950,062 with deportation orders as of May 21, 2016.

Responses to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, provided by Thomas D. Homan, currently the acting ICE director, revealed the struggle the agency faces as it moves to deport illegals, many with criminal records and slapped with “final orders of removal” after exhausting their court appeals.

He said that ICE has custody of just 11,006, or 1 percent, of the 950,062 ordered deported.

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“As of May 21, 2016, there were 950,062 aliens with final orders of removal on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) national docket. Of those aliens, 939,056 were on ICE’s non-detained docket and 11,006 were on ICE’s detained docket,” said Homan’s answer to questions from Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley.

As it moves to find those not detained, ICE is beefing up its force, hiring up to 15,000.

There are an estimated 3 million illegal immigrants with criminal records in addition to their illegal status and the administration has said it will make them a priority for removal. The numbers in the ICE answers could have adjusted but deporting criminal illegals was not a priority in the last months of the Obama administration, according to experts.

Immigration experts said that sanctuary cities are mostly to blame for the huge number of illegal immigrants with deportation orders who are not in custody.

“The question I think people should be asking is, ‘Why are there so many criminal aliens who are at large?'” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies.

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“Why does ICE have to take to the streets to find these people? One reason is because so many criminal aliens have been released by sanctuary policies. If you look at the list of cities where these operations took place, many of them are sanctuaries. ICE has to do these kinds of operations when they are prevented from arresting criminal aliens while they are in jail,” she added.

She explained that those slated for removal from the United States are often simply floating in cities, either not required to check in with authorities or ignoring that requirement.

In Homan’s answers to Grassley, he said that “Individuals on ICE’s non-detained docket with final orders of removal are released under conditions designed to ensure their compliance with their immigration obligations.”

Vaughan translated: “11,006 of the 950,062 aliens with final orders of removal (exhausted all appeals) were in detention. The rest were at large. The ‘conditions’ they mention usually means ‘own recognizance,’ or no conditions, or bond, no reporting requirements, or calling an automated phone line to check in, or wearing an ankle bracelet, or checking in with an ICE officer in person – in that order of frequency, as far as I know. In other words, most of these people were just in the wind.”

Hundreds of Mexicans form a HUMAN WALL at the border to protest Trump’s controversial immigration plans

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This probably isn’t the ‘wall’ Donald Trump had in mind. Hundreds of people in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez gathered on the edge of the Rio Grande river on Friday to form a ‘human wall’ to protest President Trump’s plans for a wall between the countries.

The demonstrators held aloft colorful swatches of cloth and white flowers and waved to the residents of the neighboring city of El Paso, Texas on Friday.

Organizers said a friendly, human wall meant to join the two cities was better than a wall of steel or concrete to divide them.

‘We have, as it is being demonstrated here, many friends on the other side of the river, on the other side where they intend to build this wall that will never separate two friendly peoples,’ said former Mexican presidential candidate Cuauhtemoc Cardenas said.

Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral issued the call for people to form a human wall.

‘In the face of the intention of Donald Trump to build a wall we cannot bow down, because bowing down will mean things will go worse for us…’ he said before the event, according to Mexico News Daily.

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Corral said he doesn’t believe most Americans want a wall and that it contradicts the ‘spirit of the founders of the United States.’

The mayor of El Paso, Oscar Leeser, attended the protest. He himself was born in Chihuahua and immigrated to Texas when he was nine, according to his official bio.

He said his life, in which he rose to become a successful car dealer businessman, is the very definition of the ‘American dream.’ 

Trump has promised to make Mexico pay for the wall, something Mexican officials say they will not do.

A similar event was also held in Tijuana.

Immigration: Anchor babies beware

Ken Kopelson

NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!  The Constitution DOES NOT grant citizenship to illegal parents.  READ the entire Amendment!!  HOW CAN PEOPLE BE SO OBTUSE and JUST QUOTE PART OF THE AMENDMENT?  The very authors of the 14th Amendment said very plainly that IT DOES NOT apply to foreigners, aliens, or children of ambassadors.  How it ever came to apply to illegal aliens is clearly a story of ignorance and people trusting their OFFICIALS!!!!  READ THE CONSTITUTION!  You MUST be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States in order to get the citizenship.  This term “subject to the jurisdiction of” has been ruled by the courts to mean total political jurisdiction.  A baby who is born to illegals is subject to the jurisdiction of its parents, and the parents are subject to the jurisdiction of their native country…e.g. Mexico.  This is not debatable.  It is plain as day within the law.
ANA ANASTASIO

When they get here, each one has 5 children. 20 million times   5, in 20 years this will be a zoo When I close the door of my house I close not because I care about the people  outside I close because I care about the people who are inside.
Yolanda Jenkins

That’s Bullshit….They come here Undocumented and get assistance…some have the nerve to go to college….bottom line…it’s NOT right for the people that comes here legally….!!
ANGELO LANFRANCO

Mexico immigration laws are tuff to other immigrants. Why the Mexican people Do not fix their country? If they love their country like many of them claim, why they keep taking advantage of USA?
Omniscient 1

I live in Texas. We have had ENOUGH of this. Obama is a fucking traitor. We are more than happy to have LEGAL immigrants from Mexico. They are by and large hard working and lovely people but unfortunately we are being overrun by ILLEGAL immigrants. This has been encouraged by our illegal alien president. Illegal aliens DO NOT have a right to gain the reward of citizenship for their offspring by doing something UNlawful. Why is that even a question? Anchor babies are NOT citizens. Throw the illegal immigrants out, throw the anchor babies out, build a wall, protect our borders and force our sell out politicians on on both sides to LISTEN to the will of We the People.
hemified64

GET THE FUCK OUT.
steve var

Fuckin wetbacks should be shot the very second they reached american soil. Illegal means ILLEGAL!!!!! Just because a fuckin roach succeeded in entering your home and had baby roaches, are you gonna the mother fuckers to stay????? Get your fuckin head out of your asses people, geeeez.
AmarNathan

I hate when these mexicans call white people who speak against illigal activities Racist; well im not a white and I dont support illegal alliens and anchor babies. Fuck that!

Mexican Woman Goes Crazy After Husband is Caught in Immigration Raid

Laura

The wife needs to leave also.  Take your kids with you.
New England Fb

Laura they knew this was going to happen soon Or later now that liberals are protesting you think they can stay
Laura

I hope the company gets a huge fine.
ReasonableMan317

Man I love Sheriff Joe. We need men like him and Sheriff Clarke all over the country.
Mike  Mcorky

JUST MAKING BABIES, COLLECTING WELFARE, STEALING JOBS. WHAT ELSE IS NEW.
beverly a

They should be putting a hugeeeeeeeee fine on the place that employed him
TheCrazyFinn

Trump, Trump, Trump! 😀
Inked

I am all for deportation.  Time to close the borders, stop foreign aid, and focus on our own country.  
afadedimage

She’s not legal.  Send her ass back as well.  Fucking leeches.

Thousands protest in Milwaukee over fears of immigration crackdown (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Milwaukee to protest the sheriff’s plan to give law enforcement officers the same rights as federal immigration officers, citing deportation concerns.

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Between 10,000 and 20,000 protesters turned out for the ‘Day Without Latinos’ march on Monday, walking from the city’s mainly Hispanic south side to the downtown courthouse to rally against Sheriff David Clarke’s plan.

The marchers shouted “Si, podemos!” (Yes we can!) as they walked through the streets, along with “El pueblo unido” (The people united).

Some waved Mexican and American flags, while others displayed banners calling for Clarke’s resignation.

One sign read: “We are a nation of immigrants.” Another stated: “We are workers, not criminals.”

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Another man proudly held a sign which said: “Unless you’re Native American, we’re all immigrants!”

Demonstrators are responding to Clarke’s plan to treat local law enforcement as immigration officers in partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), by enrolling in ICE’s 287(g) program, which gives local and state officers the authority to arrest and detain undocumented people.

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“President Trump made it clear with his Executive Order on enforcement of our immigration laws,” Clarke wrote on January 27. “No more catch and release of criminal illegal aliens. I will assign as many deputies to this initiative as I can. It is a public safety priority.”

Clarke said in a more recent statement that “there must be a zero tolerance for allowing people to illegally enter this country and establish permanent residency.”

Community members and supporters of the march were encouraged to stay away from work and school, keep their businesses closed, and avoid purchasing anything on Monday.

“Trump wants to paint immigrants as something we should be afraid of; that it is something bad,” Christine Neumann-Ortiz, director of Voces de la Frontera, a Hispanic advocacy group which organized the march, told NBC News.

“When people do this general, wide strike what they show is that on the contrary immigrants are lifting up this economy and when they withhold their contributions we see a decline.”

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More than 150 local businesses reportedly closed their doors in support of the rally, according to Neumann-Ortiz.

Wisconsin Sen. Chris Larson tweeted his support for those marching for the cause.

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“We wanted to show them that they can look up and realize that they are not alone,” Larson said, as quoted by NBC News. “That there are leaders in their community who are standing up and will stand up with them to make sure they are not alienated and deported without due process.”

Although Clarke is a registered Democrat, his views align with those of conservative Republicans. He is a strong supporter of US President Donald Trump, and was a speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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In addition to Clarke’s plan, activists also marched against Trump’s stand on immigration on Monday.

“There’s a lot of hate in the country now with the new president and we march for that too,” Voces de le Frontera board president Jose Flores told AP.

Trump’s immigration ban aims to block citizens from seven mainly-Muslim countries from entering the country. The ban prompted protests across the globe, with opponents saying it unfairly targets people based on their religion. Trump, however, maintains the ban is about national security, rather than religion.

Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit refused to reinstate the travel ban, which had previously been suspended by a lower judge. The case is likely to be appealed until it reaches the Supreme Court.

Mexicans Vow to Fight Trump by Jamming Courts…

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Group says it will urge compatriots targeted for extradition to fight in court; government allocates funds

By Jose De Cordoba and Santiago Perez

MEXICO CITY—Influential Mexicans are pushing an aggressive and perhaps risky strategy to fight a likely increase in deportations of their undocumented compatriots in the U.S.: jam U.S. immigration courts in hopes of causing the already overburdened system to break down.

The proposal calls for ad campaigns advising migrants in the U.S. to take their cases to court and fight deportation if detained. “The backlog in the immigration system is tremendous,” said former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda. The idea is to double or triple the backlog, “until [U.S. President Donald] Trump desists in this stupid idea,” he added.

Mr. Castañeda is part of a group of Mexican officials, legislators, governors and public figures planning to meet with migrant groups Saturday in Phoenix to lay out plans to confront the Trump administration’s deportation policy.

Mexico’s government hasn’t endorsed the strategy or the group’s Phoenix mission. But it recently allocated some $50 million to assist undocumented migrants facing deportation, and President Enrique Peña Nieto has instructed the country’s 50 consulates in the U.S. to defend migrants.

Jorge Castañeda, a former Mexican foreign minister, is part of a group of prominent Mexicans pushing for more protection of migrants in the U.S.

Jorge Castañeda, a former Mexican foreign minister, is part of a group of prominent Mexicans pushing for more protection of migrants in the U.S. PHOTO: OMAR TORRES/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said late Thursday it has intensified efforts to protect Mexican migrants, “foreseeing the hardening of measures by immigration authorities in the U.S., as well as possible constitutional violations during raids or in due process.”

Several senators in the newly engaged group—called Monarca after the butterflies that migrate across North America—plan to meet with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) to highlight the risks they say Mr. Trump’s proposed policies pose to Mexican-U.S. relations.

“Mexico is helping on the fight on terror and that collaboration should be put under review given the attitude of Trump,” said Armando Ríos Piter, a senator with the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution attending the weekend meetings. “It’s important to make clear to them the possible consequences if Trump keeps a hostile and aggressive stance.”

The issue of stepped-up deportations is moving to the forefront in bilateral relations that have fractured since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Mr. Trump’s plans to deport undocumented Mexicans, renegotiate the countries’ free-trade deal, and build a border wall at Mexico’s expense have sparked a nationalist backlash south of the border.

Along with confronting the Trump administration by overwhelming tribunals, Monarca is also exploring making the U.S. responsible for providing documentation that deportees are Mexicans, Mr. Castañeda says, rather than Mexico accepting them without that documentation.

Meanwhile, a group of senators said they were working on legislation to explicitly prohibit the government from allocating funds to build a border wall. Other contemplated legislation could lay out retaliatory measures if the U.S. government seeks to tax or block remittances to Mexico from migrants in the U.S., or to levy a border tax on Mexican exports, senators from the three main parties said.

“We want to be friends, but in the face of continued hostility we don’t have to keep a friendly attitude forever,” said Arturo Zamora, a senator with Mr. Peña Nieto’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

The new U.S. administration’s plans have put Mr. Peña Nieto in an uncomfortable position of defending Mexico’s interest while keeping communications channels open with his mercurial American counterpart.

The fate of undocumented Mexicans in the U.S. is quickly becoming a major political issue, says pollster Ulises Beltrán. Mr. Peña Nieto has begun meeting returning deportees at the airport, and leftist populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador is to tour U.S. cities with large Mexican populations, starting with a Sunday rally in Los Angeles to blast Mr. Trump´s immigration policies.

Mr. Castañeda says it makes better sense for Mexico to work to keep migrants in the U.S. rather than resettling them in Mexico, where many would lack jobs.

Going through the courts, however, entails risks for undocumented emigrants, who may be held in U.S. detention centers for months while the deportation process plays out instead of being quickly sent back to Mexico, says Mr. Castaneda.

Mexican government funds should be used by consulates to fund legal representation and pay bail if necessary, he added, and any court delays should be litigated as violations of due process, a move that could significantly delay deportation flows.

The Obama administration deported more illegal immigrants than any before it. But Mexico is concerned that the new administration is widening its range of targets, citing Thursday´s deportation of Guadalupe García , a 36-year-old Mexican who lived in the U.S. for 22 years and has two U.S.-born children.

Observers say her deportation from Phoenix was a first concrete example of the Trump administration’s declared aim to broaden the categories of undocumented immigrants liable to deportation, from what the U.S. president has called “bad hombres” to migrants charged with less serious violations or seen as posing risks to community safety.

Ms. García was convicted of identity theft, a felony, after being arrested in 2009 with a false social security card, but had been checking in with immigration agents every six months. This week, when she reported to their Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix, she was detained and, after hours of protests by demonstrators, deported to Mexico.