|Correspond with us, including our executive editor, professor
Yves A. Isidor, via electronic mail:
|firstname.lastname@example.org; by way of a telephone: 617-852-7672.
|Want to send this page or a link to a
friend? Click on mail at the top of this window.
learnedly read, too; in part, of intellectual rigor
Posted Friday, August 27, 2010
CHICAGO - Federal officials announced Friday they had arrested 370 immigrants
who were in the U.S. illegally or convicted of other crimes as part of a
three-day roundup in the Midwest.
|Feds arrested 370 immigrants
in 10 states
|By Deanna Bellandi,
Those arrested were legal immigrants with convictions that made them eligible
for deportation, illegal immigrants who had been convicted of other crimes,
immigration fugitives wanted for being in the country illegally or people who
had been deported and come back.
"These are not people we want freely roaming our streets," said John Morton,
director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
The operation involving local law enforcement and federal agencies ended
Thursday. Arrests were made in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas,
Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio, officials said.
The immigrants arrested were from more than 50 countries, and some had been
convicted of crimes involving drugs and sexual offenses, ICE said. The countries
spanned the globe, including Iraq, India, Kenya, Syria, Togo, Bosnia, Canada and
Vietnam, Morton said.
It was the latest in series of similar enforcement operations ICE has been
conducting around the country since last year. "We will not tolerate those who
come here unlawfully and take to a life of crime," Morton said.
Darryl McPherson, the U.S. marshal for the northern district of Illinois, said
there are often misconceptions about enforcement actions.
"We don't target individuals, we target crimes. We pursue fugitives for the
crimes they commit, not for the gender or race they represent," McPherson said.
On another matter, Morton said some immigration cases had been dismissed when
they involved people who were eligible for an immigration benefit like asylum, a
green card or were married to an American citizen.
"It's a waste of government resources to pursue an immigration removal
proceeding against somebody who's likely going to be granted a benefit to stay
in the country," he said.
Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press
|Wehaitians.com, the scholarly journal of
democracy and human rights