Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Newark Slayings Fan Hysteria over Illegal Immigrant Crime Wave

As we have blogged, Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney seek to stir up ant-immigrant sentiment by pointing to the fact that the Newark murders allegedly were the handiwork of an undocumented immigrant.  Both could learn from the Hutchinson Political Report ("Newark Slayings Fan Hysteria over Illegal Immigrant Crime Wave," Aug. 19).  Earl Ofari Hutchinson has written a thoughtful piece on immigrants and crime.  It begins:

"When Newark Mayor Cory Booker learned that the alleged shooters in the execution killing of three black college students were illegal immigrants, he did the responsible thing. He did not finger point a porous border and lax law enforcement for allegedly letting so many supposed violent prone illegal immigrants slip into the country as the cause of the killings. Booker may have said and did the right thing as a responsible public official, and in this case a black elected official, who did not want to arouse public passions any more than they already were over the murders. He certainly did not want to inflame the always fragile tensions between blacks and Latinos any more than they already are."

The fallout from the Newark murders continue, however.  New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram today ordered all local police officers in New Jersey to inquire about the immigration status of suspects charged with serious crimes, and to notify federal immigration authorities if there is reason to believe the suspect is in the country illegally. The requirements, which go into effect immediately, apply to suspects arrested for specific indictable offenses and for driving while intoxicated, Milgram said. If the suspect is unable to prove he or she is legally in the United States, the police officer is required to notify Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, she said.   Good luck getting the immigrant community -- witnesses, crime victims, etc. -- to cooperate with local police!


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"Good luck getting the immigrant community -- witnesses, crime victims, etc. -- to cooperate with local police!"

The immigrant community will not be affected, as they realize by now that ICE is looking for illegal aliens. Besides, as professor Johnson so often points out, immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than the citizen, so the failure to cooperate won't put many people in jeopardy anyway. Professor Johnson's argument is one of the most common disingenuous pieces of rhetoric we hear from illegal alien advocates, who say that we shouldn't permit looking into the backgrounds of criminal suspects and report them to ICE. It's a well known fact that persons who commit small crimes often graduate to the big league. How can we win with this if we follow the professor's advice. Keep a mischievous illegal alien in our country and wait until he graduates to bigger things, or take the risk of alienating the illegal alien community which will eventually be deported or return to their homelands on their own. The real solution to this is to mount a more aggressive campaign of enforcing the workplace laws, which will shorten the impact time-frame to a minimum.

It is transparent that true agenda of those who use the oft used argument in quotes is to obstruct the deportation of illegal aliens, nothing less. The illegal alien advocacy groups seem to think that's a clever ploy. There appears to be no limit to the extent that advocacy groups will go to get their way.

Posted by: Horace | Aug 22, 2007 3:46:27 PM

I mentioned this on Immigration Orange as well.

What people aren't discussing is that MS-13 the gang that people have been alleging Carranza was connected to, has been made stronger by faulty U.S. deportation policies. The same policies people like Malkin and Gingrich are advocating for. Gangs like MS-13 and Mara 18 used to be relegated to LA neighborhoods but they were spread across the hemisphere by U.S. deportation policies. Now they are more of a danger than they ever were.

Posted by: kyledeb | Aug 23, 2007 10:41:26 AM

Kyle, so the alternative to deportation is what? Just allow them to stay and thumb their nose at law enforcement due to policies like Special Order 40? Instead of blaming deportation, what about the policies which led to their rise in the first place and enabled them to move freely back and forth across the border?

Posted by: Jack | Aug 23, 2007 6:17:00 PM


Just how are U.S. immigration policies responsible for MS-13 spreading across the hemisphere, let alone the U.S.? On the face of it, the only connection between the spread of MS-13 and illegal aliens is the fact that the latter are being followed by the former. This would undoubtedly occur even after an amnesty. Your contention doesn't make sense. I find that advocates of Hispanic illegal aliens make all kinds of illogical nexuses to connect U.S. immigration law with adverse outcomes.

Posted by: Horace | Aug 23, 2007 6:56:40 PM

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