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2005 April 17 Sunday
Immigration Law Enforcement Hotline Calls Surge

50 percent more calls were received the first 6 months of this fiscal year than for all of last fiscal year.

The number of calls to a national immigration and customs hotline -- including tips turning in illegal immigrants -- has skyrocketed in the past six months, according to officials of the Department of Homeland Security.

Assistant Secretary Michael J. Garcia lauded the record growth of the hotline operated by his agency.

``Alert citizens, using the . . . tip line, are making significant contributions to homeland security,'' Garcia said in a statement Tuesday.

But the growing popularity of the government hotline, (866) 347-2423, has immigrants and their advocates worried about racial stereotyping and targeting of immigrant communities.

They have little to worry about while George W. Bush is in office. My guess is that most calls reporting illegal aliens are ignored unless the illegals are from the Middle East and therefore potential terrorists.

However, the hotline demonstrates that if only the government would be willing to deport illegals the American people would find the illegals. So large scale deportation of illegals is possible if only enough pressure can be built up on the federal government to act.

Note that identity theft is one of the problems people report. Identity theft is a large and growing problem. People who get their identity stolen go through ordeals that cost them hundreds of hours to handle.

On a given day, the hotline will receive tips about human smuggling, drug smuggling, identity theft, a corporation hiring undocumented immigrants and immigrants who have been deported and have returned to the United States, said spokesman Michael W. Gilhooly.

At the Law Enforcement Support Center in Williston, Vt., 260 employees take reports from citizens across the United States on a variety of crimes. The center operates every day, around the clock.

Even though the government ignores reports the calls are going to make a difference politically. It is inevitable that some Congress reps are going to ask for statistical summaries of the numbers of calls received, the type of each call, and the percentage of calls of each type for which actions were taken or not taken. This call hotline could become a means to pressure the government to start deporting illegals in earnest.

My advice to people who want to turn in illegal aliens: Call the hotline and report the information. But also then write your Congressman and both your US Senators and report the same information to them noting that you have provided this information to the hotline. The Congress needs to hear from large numbers of Americans who say that they want immigration laws enforced. If illegal aliens you report are still living in your community a few months later then call the hotline again and write to your Congresscritters telling them nothing has been done about your report. Make sure you tell them you are angry about it.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2005 April 17 11:46 AM  Immigration Law Enforcement


Comments
Invisible Scientist said at April 17, 2005 1:07 PM:

I have the following question: Is it possible that the latest eagerness of the US citizens to call the Immigration authorities to report illegal aliens, is in fact a manifestation that there is a new and overwhelming national inclination to see foreigners as the reason the job market is mostly producing low paying employment opportunities? In my opinion, the foreigners are certainly taking away jobs from US citizens, but these foreigners are no longer illegal aliens, they are happily residing in their own countries, while many manufacturing, and more recently many high paying service jobs, are also moving to foreign countries. Labor arbitrage is the issue.

I agree that those immigrants without education are a burden to the taxpayers, but the Labor Arbitrage phenomenon is an even bigger issue. At $60 billion per month, the annual foreign trade deficit can be extrapolated to $700 billion per year. The GDP is about $10 trillion, and the money supply M2 is about $7 trillion. At this rate, not too many well educated immigrants will want to come to America.

Bob Badour said at April 18, 2005 9:12 AM:

Invisible,

I suspect the areas getting the highest concentration of calls have already been so badly damaged by the massive influx of illegal immigrants that little of the hi-tech or manufacturing base bothers with the areas much in any case. I suspect the callers are calling because they are angry over the high incidence of crime and the other social ills they perceive all around them. Many of them have probably experienced property crimes of one sort or another and no longer feel safe in their own communities.

But all that is just a wild guess on my part. I am too lazy to try to find the numbers to support my hypothesis.

Jay Jackson said at May 22, 2006 11:01 AM:

I would like to take the ones that give the iliegals jobs to court and see how they like paying FOR ALL THERE SSI WELFARE FOOD STAMPS AND OTHER SERVICES

CF said at July 13, 2006 2:34 PM:

I am tired of being scrutinized by government agencies for benefits I deserve as an American citizen. To see them get handed out easier and quicker to any alien that comes along enrages me. The fact that we law abiding americans get punished by higher taxes to compensate for the illegals is absurd. We need to get this monkey off our back. Many of us have also lost potential jobs due to the need for bi-lingual employees. Why - to serve the non-english speaking immigrants? This is apalling!


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