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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Problems Surrounding Localizing Immigation Law Enforcement

From Momentum to deputize local police as immigration agents across the United States grew after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. But law enforcement officers have been reluctant to oblige. They are concerned that taking on that role would both alienate immigrant communities -- where criminals or terrorists can gain a foothold or simply find a convenient hideout -- and undermine police obligations to ensure public safety.

Several jurisdictions, in fact, prevented their officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. By mid-2004, according to the National Immigration Law Center, more than 50 localities, including some of the country's largest cities, had enacted laws, resolutions or policies limiting such activity.

Now that the U.S. Senate has killed comprehensive immigration reform, the fate of 12 million illegal immigrants in this country remains in limbo. What seems absolutely certain is that public pressure will push local, county and state authorities to address what the federal government has failed to.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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Turmoil in Tulsa: The illegal immigration wreck
For reader, accident with apparent illegal alien crystallized city's changes

By Kari Huus
Updated: 1:09 p.m. CT July 9, 2007
In our first Gut Check America vote, thousands of readers around the country rated illegal
immigration as the issue of most concern for them. Among them was Gary Rutledge, a Tulsa,
Okla., college professor who wrote about being involved in a traffic accident with an apparent
illegal immigrant. Here is our report on what we found when we traveled to Tulsa to follow up
on his story:

TULSA, Okla. - “Our sovereignty is under direct attack,” warns a commanding voice
emanating from a pool of light in the corner of an otherwise dark airplane hangar. Dan
Howard, an airplane salesman by day, is in the middle of his weekly two-hour radio show
titled Outraged Patriots, a nighttime broadcast devoted entirely to the topic of illegal

The rest of the MSNBC article is at

Posted by: Deuce | Jul 9, 2007 6:27:47 PM

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