Marco Rubio is the current front runner for the Republican nomination. In a statement today he said-
While I don’t believe Arizona’s policy was based on anything other than trying to get a handle on our broken borders, I think aspects of the law, especially that dealing with ‘reasonable suspicion,’ are going to put our law enforcement officers in an incredibly difficult position. It could also unreasonably single out people who are here legally, including many American citizens. Throughout American history and throughout this administration we have seen that when government is given an inch it takes a mile.I can cite specific instances of American citizens getting into immigration difficulties.
A truck driver, born in the United States, detained for four hours last weekend. In Arizona BTW, but ICE was the one acting.
He was very lucky. Click here to read about the U.S. citizen detained by ICE for 13 months.
Another case of a United States citizen held for the best part of a year.
All of which directly contradicts what Gary Mead, Deputy Director of the Office of Detention and Removal Operations told a House subcommittee. He said at no time did ICE knowingly or willfully place a U.S. Citizen in detention.
How about actual United States citizens who been deported.
In each case simple checks weren’t done that would have prevented these travesties. ICE deported Lyttle to Mexico, he isn’t even hispanic!
From Lyttle’s story-
According to the Observer, documents from the Department of Homeland Security show that before the deportation, immigration officials had Lyttle’s Social Security number, the names of his parents and information on him from criminal records checks. And they knew that he was bipolar and had a learning disability.Immigration and Customs Enforcement is shown to be grossly incompetent time and time again. Don’t even get me started on Citizenship and Immigration Services aka CIS. I can cite more horror stories, the above is only the start. GI in his recent post cited the hassles he’s had with his wife.
You will say this is Arizona who will doing the arrests and immigration checks but who do they rely on for the information to determine citizenship and who trains them? See above.
An arrest of a innocent person isn’t justified even for a few hours and the damage that can be done to that person and their family if they’re detained for months like in cases I cited above, can devastate a family. My wife is a immigrant, at present the salary earner in the family, who also provides health insurance to me her husband who has several serious medical problems. A person in my situation would be out on the street in a couple of months while ICE is still trying to discover whether a family member is a citizen or not.
Are you fine with people being arrested for not carrying their birth certificate on them? Those of you who distrust government, how then do you trust ICE to do their jobs properly?
Hat tip- Poliblog