Who are they going to complain to now?
U.S. to Expand Immigration Checks to All Local JailsOf course this does nothing to stop the millions of illegals that CASA de Maryland would love to support and help break the law. Despite the fact that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has made it "very clear" that her top priority is deporting illegal immigrants who have committed crimes, this does nothing about those immigrants that enter the country illegally and then otherwise abide by the law.
The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails. In four years, the measure could result in a tenfold increase in illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes and identified for deportation, current and former U.S. officials said.
By matching inmates' fingerprints to federal immigration databases, authorities hope to pinpoint deportable illegal immigrants before they are released from custody. Inmates in federal and state prisons already are screened. But authorities generally lack the time and staff to do the same at local jails, which house up to twice as many illegal immigrants at any time and where inmates come and go more quickly.
"We mean this, we're serious about it, and we believe we need to put in an all-out effort to get this done," said Rep. David E. Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee for homeland security.
Do you hear that? They are serious this time!
The money quote from the illegal supporters:
Amnesty International and immigrant advocates warn that the change could lead to immigration checks in other arenas and the "criminalization" of illegal immigration.
Tom Barry, an analyst for the Center for International Policy, a nonprofit research and policy institute in Washington, said the initiative could sweep up foreign-born U.S. residents who have served time for offenses but were not deported.
"Many, many legal immigrants are going to be pulled into this net even for minor violations that they're booked for -- traffic violations, drunk driving, whatever -- and after they've lived here 10 or 20 years, they're going to be deported," Barry said.
GOOD! As for "criminalizing" illegal immigration, its already illegal, you can't criminalize it anymore than it already is you moron. Heaven forbid we follow Amnesty International's logic or we might soon be criminalizing simple murder and rape. Then what would we do? Idiots!