Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spent five days in Los Angeles, California rounding up illegal aliens. Los Angeles is a sanctuary city that does not turn over their criminal illegal aliens from jails after their convictions and sentences are concluded, so ICE had to hit the streets for a five-day operation that wrapped up last Thursday.
Ice Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan said, “Fewer jail arrests mean more arrests on the street, and that also requires more resources, which is why we are required to send additional resources to those areas to meet operational needs and officer safety. Consistent with our public safety message, 88 percent of those arrested during this operation were convicted criminals.”
Over half of those arrested in the roundup, 55 percent were convicted felons. 195 of the 212 were either previously removed from the country, had orders to leave the country, or were convicted criminals.
These criminals have committed a myriad of crimes beyond breaking into the United States, including child sex crimes and violent assaults. Illegal aliens have a higher propensity for crime than Americans, although many states obscure the records of their criminality or outright refuse to record the data.
Removing this criminal population from the streets of Los Angeles will spare some Americans the heartbreak the Steinle family had to endure or that of the “Angel Moms.”
Many of the criminal invaders, in this case, will be prosecuted in federal courts for criminal entry or criminal re-entry. The rest will be processed for removal. Removal will be expedited for those with outstanding deportation orders and those who are found to have re-entered after a previous deportation.
Beyond rounding up illegal invaders, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit was in the Los Angeles area putting businesses on notice passing out 122 notices of inspection (I-9 audits). These notices are issued to companies ICE is going to audit to ensure their hiring practices are in compliance with the law.
These businesses that have been served have been targeted because they are suspected of employing illegal aliens. If ICE determines that these companies are employing illegal aliens they will face criminal prosecution and/or civil fines will be levied against them.
Los Angeles is a hotbed for illegal aliens because the state protects them by not allowing their police forces to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Despite California implementing policies that have encouraged the hiring of illegal aliens, ICE still enforces federal law which strictly forbids this practice.
Hiring illegal aliens reduces the opportunity for Americans to find work. Every position granted to an illegal alien could have been filled by an American looking for work.
During the fiscal year 2017, ICE conducted 1,360 I-9 audits. This effort yielded 139 criminal arrests (usually of employers willfully and knowingly hiring illegal aliens), and 172 administrative arrests (usually illegal alien hires).
It also enabled ICE to collect $97.6 million in fines, restitution, and judicial forfeiture and $7.8 million in civil fines.
Fining the companies helps offset the cost of enforcement and helps remove profit incentives for companies using illegal aliens for cheap labor.
Criminal prosecutions are very effective deterrents and anyone who is hiring illegal aliens or protecting them from law enforcement should be held criminally liable.
The flood of cheap foreign labor into the country has also driven down wages. American wages have been stagnant for five decades.
Companies hiring illegal aliens in place of Americans are doing so because they favor padded profits over the well being of the United States and American communities.
Some liberals and leftist who caught wind of the raids conducted small-pocketed protest, however, they were dispersed by Los Angeles police. No protestors were arrested, although at one point they blocked a van being used by federal immigration authorities.
ICE will continue to conduct these large-scale raids at the behest of President Trump’s administration. President Trump promised the American people on the campaign trail that he would enforce our immigration laws and to some degree, he has and is. (Although he seems to have gone soft on the illegals granted protections by Obama’s executive order.)
Interior enforcement is of paramount importance considering some estimates put the illegal alien population in the United States between 30-40 million. This enormous invasive population is a direct result of years of lax border security and immigration enforcement.
Major ICE raids such as the one conducted in Los Angeles also send a message through the community putting illegal immigrants on notice that federal immigration authorities are coming for them, regardless of whether or not the state tries to protect them.