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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

WILL ILLEGALLY PRESENT IMMIGRANTS EVACUATE NEW ORLEANS?

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There will be no shelters in New Orleans this time. Mayor Nagin has ordered the city completely evacuated as Hurricane Gustav approaches. The AP is reporting disturbing news that many immigrants are avoiding evacuation buses because of a fear of being arrested by ICE officers.

Advocates have criticized the decision not to establish a shelter,
warning that day laborers and the poorest residents will still fall
through the cracks. As lines at bus stations kept building, about two
dozen Hispanic men talked under oak trees near Claiborne Avenue, where
on better days they would be waiting to be picked up for day labor.



They'd
been listening to Spanish radio and television but none of them knew
what to do and were waiting for someone to come by and tell them, said
Pictor Soto, 44, of Peru. Told they could take a bus at Union Passenger
Terminal, they all shook their heads, fearful that immigration agents
would be looking for them. "The problem is, there will be immigration
people there and we're all undocumented," Soto said.

And there is good reason to worry if you are illegally present.

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  1. Dan's Avatar
    Arrest Gustav first.. that hurricane is unwanted and illegaly present...just kidding!

    What can I say! ICE is implementing the law, in good times and in bad times. I suggest that authorities should also arrest people for over-speeding while escaping from hurricane.
  2. 's Avatar
    Immigration: No Enforcement During Evac

    http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/story?id=5697052&page=1
  3. alex's Avatar
    That's a very good argument! We should stop enforcing our immigration laws because at times like these (when there are natural disasters) people will be fearful of the government. On a related note, we should also stop chasing and arresting thieves and petty criminals, because they will be afraid of the government and won't evacuate, thus risking their own lives.
  4. The Avenger's Avatar
    Wow, I've never heard that before.... illegal immigrants and thieves and petty criminals all mixed up into the same category. Lou Dobbs would be so proud of you.
  5. alex's Avatar
    >> Wow, I've never heard that before.... illegal immigrants and thieves and petty criminals all mixed up into the same category.

    Yeah. The common thing between all of them is that they're all running from law enforcement. Do you suggest we shouldn't enforce our immigration laws? If illegal workers can get in, then everybody can. Why waste so much money and even ask people to show their visas and passports? Why not let everybody in?

    >> Lou Dobbs would be so proud of you.

    Who is that guy? Never heard of him...

  6. The Avenger's Avatar
    Sure, only that one is an administrative offense whereas the others aren't. Let's see, there's also tax laws that some people break, there are traffic laws, etc. Should we treat everybody the same? For decades the government did not do a thing about illegal immigration because there were the benefits too. Now all of a sudden they want to throw everybody out. You just can't blindly "enforce the law". That's why you were given brains to discern right from wrong. If you believe something is not right you fight to change it. If all people were like you we'd still have slavery, just to mention one thing. Enforce the status quo, sounds familiar? Is that the best you can come up with?
  7. 's Avatar
    Illegal entry is not an "administrative" offense. It is a criminal offense. See 8 USC 1325(a).
  8. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Yeah, except if you are Cuban and ask for assylum. Nice law - works differently depending on where you were born at.
  9. 's Avatar
    I'm looking forward to reading your other posts.
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