Gang Arrests and Legal Immigration

The New Observer
March 30, 2016

The arrest of 1,133 nonwhite gangsters in swoops this month in three US states and Puerto Rico have once again highlighted the danger of legal immigration—and why even that door needs to be shut if America is to survive the Third World invasion.

According to a press release issued by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division, only 239 of the most recent arrests were foreigners, and all the rest were US citizens.



In addition, the press release said, ICE had arrested more than “900 transnational criminal gang members” and others associated with transnational criminal activity, like drug trafficking, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder, and racketeering.

During the operation which ICE dubbed “Project Shadowfire,” 915 of the 1,133 arrests were gang members and associates. Of that number, 1,001 were charged with criminal offenses and 132 were arrested administratively for immigration violations.

Enforcement actions occurred around the country, with the greatest activity taking place in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas in California, Atlanta in Georgia, Houston and El Paso in Texas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Agents also seized 150 firearms, in excess of 40 pounds of narcotics, and more than $70,000 in US currency.



Since the inception of what it calls “Operation Community Shield” in February 2005, HSI special agents, working in conjunction with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, have made more than 40,000 gang-related arrests and seized more than 8,000 firearms. These apprehensions include than 20,838 criminal arrests and 13,370 administrative immigration arrests.

Of these, 451 arrests were of gang leaders, and 14,994 of the arrested suspects had violent criminal histories.

The problem of legal immigration undermining border protection is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that the current Director of ICE is herself a Latino. Although born in Texas, ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña’s parents came from Mexico—legally.

In December 2015, Saldaña told a US Congress subcommittee that her department did not need any more money because “there aren’t enough illegal immigrants to hold or deport.”

She then went on to tell the subcommittee that there were in fact up to 15 million illegal immigrants in the US, far higher than the usual estimates of 12 million. She also confirmed that deportations of criminals from within the interior of the US have dropped from about 135,000 in 2012 to about 63,000 in 2015.

It was when she was questioned on her earlier statement that there were not enough illegal immigrants to deport, that Saldaña’s bias became evident.

“Probably every illegal alien could be removed,” she said. “I don’t think anybody who thinks that we can go about, rounding up people, with a $6.5 billion budget, as generous as that is, and as grateful as I am for it, believes that we can go and do that under that budget. There are reasons to make wise and smart and effective immigration priorities.”

* Only a week ago, twenty high-level ICE managers were sent on an “intensive training program” at the Simon Wiesenthal “Museum of Tolerance” designed to “promote greater cultural awareness among members of the agency’s leadership team.”