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AP Says Raids Violate Illegal Aliens Rights

From the open borders propagandists at the Associated Press:

Juan Sacaria Lopez, an illegal immigrant, boards a plane at a flight operation unit at Mesa airport during his deportation process in Phoenix, Arizona July 10, 2009.

Report: NY, NJ immigration raids violated rights

By Deepti Hajela, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK – Immigration agents raiding homes for suspected illegal immigrants violated the U.S. Constitution by entering without proper consent and may have used racial profiling, a report analyzing arrest records found.

Latinos made up a disproportionate number of the people arrested who were not the stated targets of the raids, and many of their arrest reports gave no basis for why they were initially seized, said the report, which was based on data from raids in New York and New Jersey.

The Immigration Justice Clinic at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law analyzed home raid arrest records from Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Long Island and throughout New Jersey. The clinic, founded last year, represents indigent immigrants facing deportation.

Its report, released Wednesday, said that since ICE agents use administrative warrants — instead of judicial warrants, which give law enforcement unfettered access — they must have a resident’s consent to enter a home or else violate the constitutional right to protection against unreasonable searches.

On Long Island, 86 percent of arrest records from 100 raids between January 2006 and April 2008 showed no record of consent being given, the report found. In northern and central New Jersey, no record of consent being given was found for 24 percent of about 600 arrests in 2006 and 2007, it found.

Peter Markowitz, director of the clinic and one of the authors of the report, said raids often are carried out with great force, with immigration officials pushing their way into homes in pre-dawn or late-night hours.

The raids are ostensibly aimed at targeted individuals who present threats either to national security or community safety, but arrests of illegal immigrants nearby, known as collateral arrests, are also made.

While the report only analyzed data from two states, it said the pattern suggested the problem was nationwide. It listed examples from California, Texas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Georgia and other places…

"The widespread illegality by a law enforcement agency should be kind of shocking to anybody," Markowitz said…

The report also found that Latinos were a disproportionate number of collateral arrests. In both New Jersey and on Long Island, two-thirds of the targeted detainees were Latino. But 87 percent of collateral arrests in New Jersey were Latino, as were 94 percent of the collateral arrests in Long Island…

The report makes several recommendations, including limiting the use of home raids to a last resort for targets who pose a serious risk to national security or have violent criminal records; the use of judicial rather than administrative warrants, and the videotaping of all home raids.

It also calls for the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General to conduct an investigation.

"These are violations that go to the very heart of the Constitutional expectation of privacy in this country," Markowitz said.

Latinos make up the majority of people arrested in immigration raids? And this proves ‘profiling’?

The Immigration Justice Clinic at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law analyzed home raid arrest records from Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Long Island and throughout New Jersey. The clinic, founded last year, represents indigent immigrants facing deportation.

Oh, it turns out that this is all based on a report from a group that represents illegal aliens. And yet the Associated Press is trying to pass it off as news.

The raids are ostensibly aimed at targeted individuals who present threats either to national security or community safety, but arrests of illegal immigrants nearby, known as collateral arrests, are also made.

In other words if a policeman is in the process of arresting someone for selling drugs and then they see someone selling stolen goods, they should ignore that person and only arrest those selling drugs.

And what a shock, eh? Immigration agents arresting illegal aliens.

"These are violations that go to the very heart of the Constitutional expectation of privacy in this country," Markowitz said.

What Constitutional expectation of privacy do criminals have? What Constitutional expectation of privacy do illegal aliens have?

By the way, do you think the reporter, Deepti Hajela, might have a stake in immigration policy?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “AP Says Raids Violate Illegal Aliens Rights”

  1. jobeth says:

    As usual, it seems the illegal aliens have more rights than naturally born citizens or those aliens, like my husband who have jumped through all the lawful hoops.

    Ahh, America, land of the free (illegal aliens)!

    • neocon mom says:

      My best friend was I was a little girl came here from Zimbabwe. Her father was Irish by birth and they were fleeing Mugabe’s regime.
      Of course the language and culture were no issue for them. My friend was a girl scout, her two older brothers were boy scouts, dad was an engineer or something along those lines. It took them at least 7 years to obtain citizenship, and they also had to re-enter the country at some point. They spent over a month in Germany for this purpose (why Germany I have no idea.) At that point they were people without a country–no longer Zimbabweans, no longer Britons, just waiting on American citizenship which they did get. She is now an elementary school teacher in TX.
      I always thought that what they had to go through was madness, but they were decent people and did everything by the book. It is an insult to their decency and all those who go about the process legally and at great personal expense that people can get away with this phony baloney agitating.

    • jobeth says:

      thanks neocon mom.

      My husband and I have had to travel to Orlando (about an hour drive) several times to stand in line like cattle and be allowed entrance to prove we were married lawfully, have a REAL marriage, have roots ie bought a house that we both live in, have bank accounts etc etc.

      I had to sign a promise to make sure that I would not allow him to get to the point of being on the US tab. That means welfare, medicaid etc etc. That until he becomes a citizen I must provide all support if he can’t/won’t. All fair enough…we find that as it should be. (Of course I never have had to…he’s a hard worker ;-D )

      But compare that with the illegals that can get anything they want! Makes no sense what so ever.

      We were very lucky. We knew we were getting married and did so, which allowed him to stay until his status could be documented. That was in 1999. Right after 9/11/2001 they changed the law that said the alien partner would have to return to their native country until their status could be upgraded. That could take years….That’s doing it by the law. But if that’s the law, then it’s the law. There was good reason for it after 9/11. We just happened to be lucky in timing.

      However these illegals just waltz over and get everything. Jobs, driver’s lic, public housing, welfare, education, health-care. What a great country we live in.

      Do it right, by the law and they will punish you. Do it illegally, and we’ll give you everything, with no danger of punishment.

  2. Georgfelis says:

    Since when does the AP print press releases from organizations who represent people committing illegal acts? Oh, wait. They’re liberal. That must make it OK.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Don’t “WE” have lawyers on our side that will argue the case that the word “ILLEGAL” means something other than, “C’mon up and cop some free vittles and meds.”
    For the love of God …… I’d can’t comprehend where in the world common sense went to because everywhere I look, none is to be found!

    I put illegals right next to burglars. Both are sneaky thieves. Both break in to places they are not suppose to be!
    Pot smokers go to jail. Thieves and some con artist go to jail. White and Blue collar criminals go to jail. Americans of all colors and persuasions go to jail if they break the law. But because you jump our border illegally ….. you are automatically given a by your leave and the police are expected to look the other way!!

    “GO HOME YOU UNWANTED LEECHES ON OUR SOCIETY”
    “THERE IS NO WELCOME MAT FOR YOU AT OUR DOOR”

  4. Petronius says:

    Hey, is America a great country or what?

    So they can’t be deported unless they’re arrested. And they can’t be arrested unless they’re “targeted” in a warrant. And they can’t be targeted because they’re undocumented. And even if they were arrested, nothing ever happens, it’s just a game of catch-and-release.

    So . . . . Untold millions of drifters and criminals, each with his own portfolio of papers, changing identities willy-nilly, laughing at the system. If they can just hang on for a few more weeks, they’ll get free nationalized health care. Oh, wait a minute . . . they’ve already got that!

    And . . . . If they just hang on another six months or so, there will be another one-time-only amnesty. And then they will all be on the path to citizenship, because their papers will be well in order, thanks to veteran forgers like Luis Martinez-Flores (or whatever his real name is) and lawyers from the Immigration Justice Clinic at Yeshiva University.

    But what about disability? If each migrant has twenty sets of papers, does that mean twenty Social Security checks? And twenty votes?!

    The wheels have come off of America. In a few more years the entire country will be Californiaized––overrun, conquered, bankrupted, and broken beyond repair.

  5. Right of the People says:

    “Latinos made up a disproportionate number of the people arrested—”

    Well DUH! Where do you suppose the majority of our illegals come from? Here on the northern border we get more Europeans especially former Soviet bloc, Middle Easterns and Asians than Latinos but down south they are about 99.8% of those who enter illegally. And by sheer volume it is about a 500 to 1 ratio. The average large station like El Paso or Laredo average about 1000 or more apps a day. We’re lucky to do that in a year.

    This is from the US Criminal Code:

    ENTRY WITHOUT INSPECTION IS A CRIME: In fact, pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1325, crossing the border illegally is a crime–a misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony for the second and subsequent offenses.

    As you can see, they are all criminals, most likely felons. I still don’t understand how these dim-libs can keep screaming about the illegal’s rights. As far as profiling goes, we use it because it works, plain and simple. We need to close the borders, round up all of them and deport them, then we can consider LEGAL immigration again.

  6. Celina says:

    I have always wondered about this. All of the people who I know who cry out in defense of illegals (and have HUGE issues with the term “illegal”) want social justice for people who just want to feed their children and lead happy lives. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

    But I have never once heard one of them cry out for social justice IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES so that they don’t have to leave it. It is always the US that is made out to be the big bad monster (where the illegals come for a new and better life).

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The raids are ostensibly aimed at targeted individuals who present threats either to national security or community safety, but arrests of illegal immigrants nearby, known as collateral arrests, are also made.”

    And ANYBODY (citizen or not) who has a problem with this activity described above … needs to LEAVE WITH THE ILLEGALS!

  8. beautyofreason says:

    So….in other words, we have no hope of deporting the 20 million illegal immigrants who broke our laws in order to reside in the United States. None. To note that illegal Mexican immigrants look Mexican would be to impede upon their freedom – so no more searches unless you raid the African American or Caucasian families next door, just for racial balance.

    Heck, if we’re going to apply Constitutional rights to non-citizens and “privacy” for criminal acts why not go all the way and make sure they can hold American property, too? The Bill of Rights has a specific amendment about that one – for citizens only, but who’s counting? And the Mexican flag rallies must be celebrated too. Give them free health care while we’re at it and only ride the legal citizens for tax revenue. Keep the undocumented content until the next amnesty program comes along. That about sums up the liberal agenda. Appease, ignore, and recruit. Ta-da, another voting bloc for the left.

    “Latinos made up a disproportionate number of the people arrested who were not the stated targets of the raids, ”

    Oh, my goodness….many illegal immigrants from Latin America are of Latin America descent! Surprise! The sky is falling. Now it’s racist to note the obvious when searching for undocumented persons (and for the record, I have a parent, a legal citizen, from l.a.).

  9. joeblough says:

    There is no “constitutional expectation of privacy”. (Although one notes that it is called an expectation, not a right).

    There is a right to property.

    The privacy crap is a head fake to displace and undermine the right to property.


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