Obama, Schmoshama: ICE Counterterrorism Unit Arrests 27 For Outdated Visas

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"Let's get these studying motherfuckers."
Rest easy, Friends of Unfair Park. ICE's Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit is on the job. In the most recent sweep, they rounded up 27 dangerous immigration violators in the Dallas-Fort Worth area -- criminals guilty largely of ... overstaying their student visas.

Not quite the stuff of Bruckheimer actioners. And how do these arrests square with the recent announcement from the Obama administration that deportation proceedings could be halted for non-criminal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety?

According to ICE, the 11-day operation ended August 26, resulting in the arrest of immigrants from Mexico, Pakistan, Nepal, Kenya and several other countries. Twelve overstayed visitors' visas, nine overstayed student visas and one apparently didn't show up for the flight school he was supposed to attend. A couple others falsely claimed citizenship. They were arrested in Arlington, Dallas, Euless, Grand Prairie, Irving, Justin, Plano and The Colony.

If that flight-school reference has your brain flashing back 9 years and 50 weeks, you're not alone.

"One of the lessons learned from 9-11 was the importance of screening, tracking and enforcing the student visa program in the United States," said Alysa Erichs, special agent in charge of the Dallas ICE unit.

And, just in case anyone in the immigrant community was entertaining visions of practical, sensible immigration policy, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's got two words for you that will characterize ICE's deportation stats under the new policy: "Very" and "Robust."

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Lrognlie
Lrognlie

I was going to comment, but then I became mesmerized by the photo of Selena Gomez to the right.  Thanks for clearing my mind DO!

rubbercow
rubbercow

I guess that violation of our laws and sovereignty don't count for much in your eyes, Brantley.  As proponents of illegal immigration love to point out - it is "only" a civil violation.  I suggest you take a look at the long list of civil violations that exist for reasons that clearly assist our safety in a society governed by laws.

Call Out
Call Out

Actually, the Obama administration did not announce "that deportation proceedings could be halted for non-criminal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety", as you have reported.

The actual announcement from your link:

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against ***many**** illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety.

White House and immigration officials said they would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to focus enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws.  -------So the facts are that those that flagrantly violate immigration laws regardless of whether they are a threat to national security or public safety may still be deported according to the announcement.

I believe this to be a sensible approach. Otherwise you are approaching an open door policy on immigration. Is this open door policy what you are advocating? And if so for what political reason? There are only a few possible reasons to advocate such a drastic policy from a political perspective. All having to do with the attainment of power over the good of the country.

If that is what you are for then go ahead and spell it out instead of hiding behind inaccuracies. 

James Miller
James Miller

Brantley, dear, the first world trade center bombing in the early 1990s was committed by an individual that over stayed his student visa.  You should do a little more research before you write something that tends to suggest that such violations of our countries federal law are nearly harmless.  I suspect you're just out of diapers and were probably running around elementary school in the early 1990s.  It's not your fault, honestly.

ChickenLittle
ChickenLittle

"...under current law, illegal entry into the United States makes an alien subject to a Federal criminal misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison.

Guest
Guest

I would hope that our national security apparatus isn't dependent on a terrorist overstaying his visa before we look into their activities.

At least 16 of the 19 9/11 hijackers had valid visas at the time of the attacks, and while two others had their requested changes from tourist to student visas still pending at the time of the attacks, they were "notified" that the change had been approved six months after their deaths.

Personally, I don't mind rounding up people who have overstayed their visas, but if the only reason we're doing so is because we're hoping against hope to accidentally round up and deport some terrorists, then we need to rethink our national security.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

translation: "You've overstayed your visit - your punishment is six more months here"

AHole
AHole

I made a hobby out of trying to figure out what idiots actually think they're saying. There are many ignorant people that routinely use "civil" as a blanket term for any non-felony.

RTGolden
RTGolden

You should do some more research.  Even if a person enters this country legally, with the appropriate visa, once the visa expires, remaining in the country is a crime, punishable by fine and incarceration. (Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 75, Sec. 1546).  The jail terms authorized range from 5 to 25 years, based mainly on the intent behind the deception.  Overstaying your visa renders said visa a fraudulent document, and, since the expiration date of the visa is a standing order to depart from the Attorney General's office, you are also willfully violating the order to depart, also punishable by fine and incarceration.Whether you agree with it or not, the law is still the law.  The presence of civil law does not negate the effect of criminal law, as Title 8 (ammended in the '90's to remove the words felony and misdemeanor) itself states. ("Civil penalties under this subsection are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed" Title 8, Ch 12, SubCh II, part VIII).You may also wish to familiarize yourself with the procedures (legal) involved in applying for, qualifying for, obtaining and using a visa for entry into the US.  According to US Code, we only have to reciprocate to foreign nationals the same considerations their home nation extends to US citizens.  In the case of Mexico, this would mean that any Mexican immigrant in the United States would be ineligible to obtain employment, own land, own a business, obtain a state license for a trade or profession.  Meaning, they'd only be allowed to come here on vacation or in retirement.I don't necessarily agree with all of our immigration laws, nor do I advocate one way or the other for their enforcement or change.  I do, however, think the government has a responsibility to implement policies that safeguard the population.

James Miller
James Miller

"Off-hand I would estimate that over half of our "Terrorist" threats come from good ol' 'Apple-pie, Mom & Baseball' US Citizens, depending on your definition of Terrorist, of course."

Off hand estimates in this case are very inaccurate.

Jerryb5
Jerryb5

Yes, appropriate username, using "civil" as a blanket term for any non-felony would be a mistake. Overstaying your visa is not a misdemeanor, either. It's more in-line with getting caught by a red-light camera, or not paying your tollway fees.In fact, about half of Undocumented Immigrants entered this country perfectly legally and have merely stayed after their visas expired. So if this a priority for ICE, they are going to be very busy for a very long time -- they have just about 5,499,973 "illegal aliens" to go.I would say that even the existence of an ICE "Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit" is misanthropic. Off-hand I would estimate that over half of our "Terrorist" threats come from good ol' 'Apple-pie, Mom & Baseball' US Citizens, depending on your definition of Terrorist, of course.James, if you knew how many Asians are here taking flying lessons, and how jacked-up the visa system is, you might think otherwise. Maybe not. Call Out, I would admit that the NYTimes could use a more professional writer, but I believe an accurateparaphrasing would be, "many illegal immigrants pose no threat to national security or public safety", or, "it would suspend deportation proceedings against the many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety".The actual reference that Hargrove should have used: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/secu...I think it is also relevant to note that we have millions of good contributing citizens that have at some point violated the letter of the immigration and visa rules, and also note the  horrors of going through deportation.

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