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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Senate Immigration Bill builds a Wall... but the wrong kind

Look, I'm just trying to drink my cup of morning coffee and Morning Coffee just keeps on posting for the Coalition Against Illegal Immigration.

Send your money to the Minute Man wall building project and you get a wall built. Pay your taxes and you get a very different "virtual" wall. It is mindnumbing instances like this that should help even the thickest of us out there realize why enforcement is so incredibly important. It doesn't matter what is done, if boneheaded moves like this are allowed.

Iraq has insurgents, we have insertees.

I'm with Coffee; give us the name of the insertee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cross posted from Morning Coffee:

From The Washington Times

State and local police would be prohibited in key ways from helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement combat illegal immigration under Senate legislation, a wall that opponents say would lead to rampant fraud, hamper efforts to deport future illegals and threaten national security.
”The Senate bill would actually make us less safe,” said Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican and chairman of the International Relations Committee’s subcommittee on international terrorism and nonproliferation. It “would roll back the ability for state and local officials to cooperate with federal officials.”
Out of deference to the confidentiality concerns of foreigners in the U.S., the bill would bar state and local police from detaining aliens simply for being in the U.S. illegally. Police could arrest the aliens only if they commit certain additional violations of federal immigration law such as marriage fraud or document counterfeiting.

This same type of “Wall” prevented our Law Enforcement & Intelligence communities from cooperating prior to 9-11.

Under current law, he said, a police officer may in the course of his duties ask a suspect about his immigration status. For verification, the officer can call the Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC), a database in Vermont that maintains the status and identities of aliens suspected, arrested or convicted of criminal activity. If it turns out that the suspect is in the U.S. illegally, the officer may arrest the alien.
But under the Senate bill, the officer’s power to arrest would be curtailed, Mr. Kobach said. State and local police would no longer be permitted to arrest aliens for “civil” violations of federal immigration laws, such as overstaying their visas or failing to attend the classes required under their student visas.

Mr. Kobach told the House panel last week that four of the 19 September 11 hijackers had committed immigration violations and had been stopped by state and local police before the attacks. In particular, he pointed to Ziad Samir Jarrah, the Lebanese terrorist in the country on a six-month tourist visa that he had overstayed.
On Sept. 9, 2001, Jarrah was stopped going 90 mph on Interstate 95 in Maryland and given a $270 speeding ticket, which was later found in the glove compartment at the Newark airport in New Jersey, where he boarded United Flight 93.
”If the officer had asked a few questions and determined that he was illegal, he could have made the arrest,” Mr. Kobach said. “If the officer had called the Law Enforcement Support Center, which operates 24/7 out of Vermont, the officer could have concluded that he was illegal and could have made the arrest.”
Since September 11, Mr. Kobach said, the Justice Department has encouraged state and local law-enforcement agencies to step up their use of the LESC during routine police work.

The name of the Senator who inserted this into the Senate Bill should be made public, as well as any debate and the roll call vote they had on it (if any).

Hat tip to California Conservative

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