Monday, July 30, 2007

the immigrant problem

Via ImmigrationProf Blog, the Chicago Tribune reports on the human effects of increased enforcement efforts by federal immigration agencies:

Breaking the silence in a middle-class enclave of tract homes and cul-de-sacs in St. Michael, federal immigration agents recently swooped in and grabbed Sara Muñoz, carting away the illegal Mexican immigrant before her five crying U.S.-born children.

In nearby Minneapolis, activist Juana Reyes was nabbed for her illegal status as she stepped out of her car, spurring a rapidly transforming neighborhood into action on behalf of her 9-year-old daughter, a U.S. citizen.

And, 110 miles south in Austin, Minn., Latin American immigrants are afraid to open their doors, while longtime residents press the mayor to do more to stop the changes in a town built around the headquarters of the Hormel Foods meatpacking operation.
Similar scenes nationwide are part of a ramping up of federal arrests of illegal immigrants, activity Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff recently warned is "gonna get ugly" after federal immigration legislation failed last month.

Arrests from workplace raids have skyrocketed from about 845 in 2004 to nearly 4,000 this year, federal records show. Arrests of illegal immigrants who have ignored court orders to leave the country have doubled since last year to a rate of about 685 a week.

"We're gonna do more enforcement actions," Chertoff said recently, lamenting Congress' failure to move immigration overhaul forward and predicting extensive grief. "And, if they have kids at home, even if we make arrangements with social services to take care of the kids, the kids are gonna be scared because Mommy or Daddy is not coming home that day."
This is compassionate conservatism at its finest.
"We want them ... looking over their shoulders all the time," said Marlene Nelson, 63, a member of the Minnesota Coalition for Immigration Reduction, among scores of such groups pushing for more enforcement.
Restrictionists, or “enforcement groups”, are having an effect in states, counties, and towns across the country. Hazleton, PA, was one of the first to act against illegal immigrants.
Hazleton sought to impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. Another measure would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.
But how do municipalities discern law-abiding Hispanic citizens or permanent residents from law-breaking illegal immigrants?

One solution would be a tamper-proof national ID card. Here, a patriot speculates on the likely impact of such a measure:
As the illegal immigrants first appeared several weeks ago on the streets of Hazleton without their national ID cards, the initial reaction of the citizens of the Pennsylvania town was surprise. Only a few knew that there were still so many in Pennsylvania. Everyone suddenly found someone in the neighborhood who seemed like a harmless fellow citizen, who perhaps complained or criticized a bit more than normal, and whom no one had thought to be an illegal. He had concealed himself, mimicked his surroundings, adopting the color of the background, adjusted to the environment, in order to wait for the proper moment. Who among us had any idea that the enemy was beside him, that a silent or clever auditor was attending to conversations on the street, in the subway, or in the lines outside cigarette shops? There are illegals one cannot recognize by external signs. These are the most dangerous. It always happens that when we take some measure against the illegals, French or Canadian newspapers report it the next day. Even today the illegals still have secret connections to our enemies abroad and use these not only in their own cause, but in all military matters of the homeland as well. The enemy is in our midst. What makes more sense than to at least make this plainly visible to our citizens?
And for good measure:
The illegals have no right to claim equality with us. If they wish to speak on the streets, in lines outside shops or in public transportation, they should be ignored, not only because they are simply wrong, but because they are illegal aliens who have no right to a voice in the community.
If you think I’m exaggerating, visit any well-trafficked immigration blog, and you’ll find gems like this:
Hopefully we can rid our country of these filthy Mexican parasites long before 2012. You can go with them.
The classics never go out of style . . .
The Jews are a parasitic race that feeds like a foul fungus on the cultures of healthy but ignorant peoples. There is only one effective measure: cut them out.

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