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September 06, 2006

Cops plan ID checks of jailed immigrants

There is an article by Christian Bottorff, Staff Writer, The Tennessean about a new plan to deport more undocumented workers in Nashville, TN. I called Cristian and left a voice mail message to discuss the need for comprehensive immigration reform. This article is an example of the failed immigration policy of relying on deportation as a proposed solution. This policy has failed since the last great immigration reform by Ronald Reagen in 1986. With each person you deport more come back into the U.S. The U.S. economy needs the workers so the unlucky ones who get caught are sent back to their home countries. Unfortunately the lack of reform mixes workers with criminal aliens. This causes immigration and law enforcement officials to waste their time seeking to catch everyone. This is an expensive and failed policy. The U.S. governmental accounting office estimates the cost of deporting one alien at just under $3,000. This does not include the cost to local government. Instead of having reform and the government recieving the fees deportations lead to greater expenditures. Here is the article;

"Thousands of illegal immigrants who are arrested in Davidson County for other crimes would be deported each year, under a proposal being pushed by local law enforcement officials. By installing a federal immigration computer system in the Metro Jail and placing an immigration officer in the lockup full time, local authorities would be able to quickly identify criminal suspects who are in the country illegally and keep them from being released. The proposal is contained in an Aug. 15 letter from Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and comes on the heels of several high-profile crimes in which illegal immigrants are accused. Several of the illegal immigrants had been arrested repeatedly — and not deported — before committing more serious crimes. Hall is scheduled to hold a news conference today along with Metro police Chief Ronal Serpas and District Attorney General Torry Johnson to announce the initiative. Local officials are awaiting approval from federal immigration authorities and are trying to enlist the help of Tennessee's congressional delegation.

"It's not acceptable to continue to find the federal government at fault while we continue to put people, in my opinion, at risk," Hall said. "Our reputation is somewhat scarred because the public doesn't care. The public only wants the problem solved if you've got a person violating the law, and is in your country illegally, and you should have known that." The initiative comes as the number of foreign-born people booked into Metro Jail each year continues to soar. The 4,173 foreign-born prisoners who moved through the Nashville lockup during the past fiscal year are nearly double the number booked five years ago, county figures show.

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060905/NEWS03/609050344

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 6, 2006 07:30 AM

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