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  • Agents make immigration arrests
    Newsday, June 4, 2008

    HACKENSACK, N.J. - Immigration agents say they arrested 491 people in New Jersey and New York in May.

    Officials say that's the single largest number in a month in the region since they began targeting immigration violators in 2003.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials tell The Record of Bergen County 251 were in New Jersey and 240 were in New York.

    ICE says 347 had outstanding deportation orders and 207 had criminal records.

    The monthlong operation was part of a six-state sweep that netted 1,800 immigrants with criminal records, outstanding deportation orders or other violations.
    GOP field differs some on immigration
    By Tom Baldwin for the Asbury Park Press, May 29, 2008

    TRENTON — The debate over illegal immigration, to some degree, divides the three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, who each possess close ties to the actual immigrant experience.

    Ramapo College economics professor Murray Sabrin came to the United States as a 3-year-old from the ruins of World War II Germany. State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio of Morris County, a dentist, is a first-generation American after his parents emigrated to Brooklyn from Italy. And former Rep. Dick Zimmer's grandparents sailed to U.S. shores in 1889 and 1907 from a part of the Austro-Hungarian empire that is now in the Ukraine.
    County jail to expand checks on immigration status of prisoners - Morris closes 'last loophole' to avoid improper releases
    By Michael Daigle • Daily Record • May 15, 2008

    The immigration status of any prisoner in the Morris County jail can now be checked at any time, according to the provisions of an agreement reached between the county and the federal Immigration, Customs and Enforcement division.

    "This is the last loophole," said Sheriff Edward Rochford.

    The agreement was announced on Wednesday by Morris County Administrator John Bonanni at the morning county board of freeholders meeting. The previous arrangement allowed the county a once-a-week opportunity to check on the immigration status of anyone in custody. ICE has different agreements with law enforcement officials in various jurisdictions.

    The Morris County agreement, reached with the help of Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen's office, means that a county jail officer can call ICE for an immigration status check 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Bonanni said.
    Tinton Falls woman charged with robbery and pretending to be immigration officer
    By Ed Johnson for the Asbury Park Press, May 13, 2008

    RED BANK — A Tinton Falls woman, already charged with robbery, has now been accused of pretending to be an immigration officer.

    For Maria Collins, 41, it's the latest criminal charge to lodged against her as she sits in the Monmouth County Jail. Her bail is now set at $100,000, jail records show.

    Middletown police Sgt. John Kaiser had charged her with fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs only hours before Red Bank police arrested her for Saturday's armed robbery of a woman at Chestnut Street and Bridge Avenue, Red Bank Detective Capt. Stephen McCarthy said.
    Newark Triple Murder Suspect Gets 8 Years in Assault
    By KAREEM FAHIM for the NY Times, May 13, 2008

    Jose Lachira Carranza, one of six suspects accused of killing three people in a playground last summer, was sentenced on Monday to eight years in prison for assaulting two men during a bar fight in 2006.

    The bar brawl drew attention soon after the playground killings, when it was disclosed that Mr. Carranza, 29, an illegal immigrant from Peru, could have been detained by federal authorities after his arrest for assault.

    Mr. Carranza was also arrested in 2007, before the Newark playground killings, on charges that he sexually assaulted a child over a four-year period.

    The bar fight, at Huguito’s, of West Orange, started with a shoving match involving a friend of Mr. Carranza’s, according to witnesses and the police. In the ensuing violence, Mr. Carranza broke bottles and threw chairs, badly injuring several men.

    Only two victims testified against Mr. Carranza. The other victims, said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County prosecutor’s office, were too frightened of him to testify.
    Pedophile suspect found in N.J.; played Santa, painted faces
    By DAVID PORTER for the AP, May 8, 2008

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An actor who played Santa Claus and painted children's faces was arrested on child sex charges early Thursday after an international manhunt, just the second time Interpol sought the public's help to find a suspected pedophile.

    Wayne Nelson Corliss, 58, was arrested Thursday morning in his Union City apartment. He is suspected of sexually abusing at least three boys from Southeast Asia thought to have been 6 to 10 years old, according to the international police agency.

    Corliss is charged with producing child pornography and could face 10 to 20 years in federal prison if convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark. He was to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

    Colleagues know Corliss, who acted under the stage name Casey Wayne, as a witty man who liked to write and eschewed 9-to-5 jobs in favor of acting and entertainment gigs — including painting faces and playing Santa Claus at parties, said Raven Squire, the superintendent of the Union City apartment building where Corliss has lived for more than a decade.
    Top federal prosecutor in NJ: Being undocumented not a crime
    AP, April 28, 2008

    DOVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top federal prosecutor told a Latino group it's a civil offense — not a crime — for immigrants to live in the country without proper documentation, a comment that a spokesman later said was aimed at a narrowly worded question.

    U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, widely considered to be a leading GOP contender for governor next year, spoke Sunday in response to a question on illegal immigration at an open forum that grew heated. He said living in the U.S. without immigration paperwork is "an administrative matter" that federal immigration officials are supposed to address through deportation.

    "Don't let people make you believe that that's a crime that the U.S. attorney's office should be doing something about," Christie was quoted as saying in The Star-Ledger of Newark for Monday editions. "It is not."
    Tomato Growers Cut Crop amid Immigration Worries
    by Joel Rose for the NPR, April 25, 2008

    Tomato growers in New Jersey say tougher immigration enforcement may change this year's crop. It's getting harder to hire the migrant laborers — many of them from Mexico — who traditionally pick tomatoes during the few weeks when they're ripe.
    Lawsuit Challenges Immigration Raids in New Jersey
    By JULIA PRESTON for the New York Times, April 4, 2008

    Immigration agents systematically entered homes and made arrests without proper warrants during raids to round up immigration fugitives in New Jersey, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

    The lawsuit, brought by lawyers at the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, will provide a constitutional test of law enforcement methods often used by immigration agents since May 2006 when they began operations across the country to track down and deport immigrants who had been ordered to leave by the courts.

    The suit, against officials of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, on behalf of 10 plaintiffs, including two United States citizens, contends that teams of ICE agents used “deceit or, in some cases, raw force” to gain “unlawful entry.”
    Immigration Referrals by Police Draw Scrutiny
    By KAREEM FAHIM for the New York Times, March 23, 2008

    WOODBURY, N.J. — A green-card holder from Guatemala said he was asked about his immigration status last month when he went to pick up his nephew from the West Deptford, N.J., police station.

    An illegal immigrant from Mexico was arrested March 5 when the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over for rolling through a stop sign in South Harrison Township, N.J.

    Seven months after the state attorney general, Anne Milgram, ordered local police departments in New Jersey to question people they arrest for certain crimes about their immigration status and to report illegal immigrants to federal authorities, the rate of such referrals has nearly doubled.

    But immigrants and their advocates say that some people have been unfairly swept up in the dragnet because of overzealous enforcement or confusion over how Ms. Milgram’s directive was supposed to be implemented, creating a chilling effect on some immigrants’ relationships with the police.
    Menendez measure addresses immigration
    AP, March 13, 2008

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez’s proposal to deploy an “appropriate number” of National Guard troops to limit illegal immigration was approved by the Senate today.

    The New Jersey Democrat’s proposal was approved 53-45 as part of a larger debate on a blueprint for next year’s budget.

    Menendez’s proposal would allow National Guard troops to be deployed if such a move doesn’t interfere with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or affect security in individual states. The troops would be deployed to the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders.

    The proposal would also stiffen penalties on employers who hire undocumented workers.

    The budget debate isn’t binding, but it lays out Congress’ spending priorities for next year. By approving Menendez’s proposal, the Senate identified it as a priority for next year.

    In the House, five New Jersey Republicans are backing a different immigration bill aimed at achieving the same goals of boosting border security and cracking down on employers of illegal immigrants.
    Cresitello: Local Immigration enforcement plan not dead yet - County rejects Morristown mayor's request for jail space for detainees
    BY MINHAJ HASSAN for the DAILY RECORD, February 23, 2008

    MORRISTOWN -- Morris County's refusal to sign off on Mayor Donald Cresitello's controversial immigration enforcement plan makes it unlikely that it will move forward, but the mayor is vowing to fight on.

    “I don't think it's dead yet,” Cresitello said in a brief phone interview on Friday. “Maybe I can embarrass the president, the attorney general and the freeholders.”

    Cresitello wants to deputize local police officers to enforce federal immigration laws under a program known as 287G. The plan would give approximately 10 local police officers the same enforcement powers as agents of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    Arrests of illegal immigrants in Passaic draw criticism
    By MEREDITH MANDELL, for the HERALD NEWS, February 20, 2008

    Critics: Action violates 'Safe Haven' measure

    PASSAIC -- Armed federal agents, in cooperation with city police officers, arrested 12 individuals on Tuesday living illegally in the country, officials said.

    Law enforcement officials released few details concerning the circumstances surrounding the arrests or the identities of the detained individuals.

    Michael Gilhooley, a spokesman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations in the Northeast, said he would not release the names of those arrested, in accordance with agency policy "that protects the privacy of the individual." He refused to provide the ages of those detained or whether they were male or female and would say nothing more about the location of the arrests except that they were made in the "Passaic area" on Tuesday.
    Senator vows to target N.J. businesses hiring illegal immigrants
    By TOM HESTER Jr., The Associated Press, February 18, 2008

    TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey Senate leader said he will push legislation to punish businesses who knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.
    Ignoring Criminals While Banning Guns
    Accuracy In Media
    By Alan Caruba
    September 21, 2007

    These proposals, combined with the refusal to check the status of likely illegal aliens, even after they have committed major crimes, are so idiotic they should be dismissed out of hand.

    As the shock of the murder, execution style, of three Newark, NJ teenagers and wounding of a fourth begins to fade, the problem unfortunately will not. The problem is the willful refusal to look at the alleged perpetrators of this crime and draw some useful lessons to avoid further killings.

    Political columnist, Tom Moran, writing in The Star-Ledger, the state's largest daily, said, "Let's hope the governor is just clearing his throat and that he has more ambitious plans in the works to fight violence in cities like Newark. Because in this critical week after the most savage murders we've seen in years, he's talked mostly about gun control, the go-to response of liberal politicians everywhere."

    Let's review what happened. On August 4th, three young black college students were killed, allegedly by Jose Lachira Carranza, a 28-year-old illegal immigrant from Peru who has been charged as the principle suspect. He was out on bail after having been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl and assaulting bar patrons. The Star-Ledger reported that, "His immigration status was never checked by law enforcement in Newark or Essex County."

    Despite this, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, "said yesterday it's not the job of his already overburdened police department to assist immigration authorities." Newark is "a sanctuary city" that does not require residents to reveal their immigration status to receive services paid for by native-born or naturalized citizens.

    Sen. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has introduced legislation to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities. That's one small step for common sense, one giant step for national sovereignty and security.

    Even Martin Perez, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, says, "If somebody is accused of a felony I don't have any problem with checking their status. If a person is accused of a murder or major crime it is the responsibility of law enforcement and the courts to check."

    So what "solutions" have the Governor and the Mayor proposed? Both are card-carrying Liberal Democrats. This almost automatically rules out either a constitutional or a pragmatic approach in favor of a "feel good" politically correct one. The reality is that the state's drug laws fill up the prison system with nonviolent drug offenders. An estimated one-third of New Jersey's prison beds constitute the highest proportion in the nation. Other states are beginning to divert offenders into cheaper and more effective treatment programs.

    Another astounding fact emerged after the killings. There are at least 25,000 felony fugitives statewide. According to State Police data, there are nearly 200 men and women wanted for murder and another 252 accused rapists. The reasons given include "an overwhelmed court system, teeming jails, a lack of resources, and poor coordination among law enforcement agencies." And both the Mayor and Governor want to insure that law-abiding citizens can't have guns.

    The Mayor has proposed that Newark spend $3.2 million in public and private funs to install as many as 120 cameras around the city by next summer. Mayor Booker is a member of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. He also proposes legislation to "monitor the flow of guns in and out of the state's largest city and to prevent gun dealers from opening shop in residential neighborhoods or near schools." Finally, he wants to create "gun courts" and you just know that means going after legal gun owners, not gun-toting criminals.

    These proposals, combined with the refusal to check the status of likely illegal aliens, even after they have committed major crimes, are so idiotic they should be dismissed out of hand.

    As Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, neatly summing up the problem said, "Newark's robbers, rapists and murderers should be serving long sentences, not smiling for the camera."

    New Jersey already has some of the most stringent laws regarding the purchase of a gun and they have virtually no effect whatever when it comes to deterring crime. What they do is make it very difficult to own a weapon for the purpose of self-defense. Unlike Florida and Texas that made it easier for people to carry a concealed weapon, thus dramatically reducing crime rates, it is nearly impossible for anyone in New Jersey to secure this fundamental right of self-protection.

    Some might argue that living in Newark or traveling into the city without a gun is a lot more dangerous than actually owning one. Insuring that everyone is defenseless when a criminal or an insane person is bent on murder is a liberal "solution."

    As to those criminals who also happen to be illegal aliens, locking them up and deporting them immediately after they have served their sentence would have, at the very least, saved the lives of those three dead college students.

    Mayor Booker wants to get lucky and take their picture. Like his counterpart in New York City, he wants to be absolutely sure that no law-abiding citizen has a chance to defend himself, let alone purchase a weapon in a timely fashion.

    The wisdom of the Founding Fathers who insured that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" has been ignored to everyone's peril. The murder statistics in Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and most American cities are testimony to that simple truth.

    The gun-banners will be the death of too many of us.

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    N.J. Town Rescinds Anti-Immigrant Law
    By Associated Press
    9:38 AM EDT, September 18, 2007

    RIVERSIDE, N.J. - A controversial ordinance intended to punish employers and landlords who hire or house illegal immigrants would be too expensive to defend, Riverside officials said in voting to rescind the year-old law.

    The ordinance had never been enforced, and Monday night's 3-1 vote by the Riverside Township Committee put an end to it.

    Township officials said they couldn't afford the legal bills that would come with defending the law in court. Riverside is already facing one lawsuit over the anti-illegal immigration ordinance, and a federal judge earlier this year found a similar ordinance in Hazleton, Pa., unconstitutional.

    The township meetings when Riverside adopted the law had been fiery. In contrast, Monday's committee meeting was sparsely attended. No one from the public spoke about the ordinance.

    Riverside, a suburb of Philadelphia, had become a haven for immigrants -- first Portuguese, then more recently, Brazilians.

    Officials estimated that nearly half the town's population of around 8,000 were illegal immigrants, and officials said their numbers were putting a strain on public services and already scarce parking spaces.

    The law set fines of $1,000 on first-time offenders who knowingly hired or rented to illegal immigrants. The move sparked protests, counterprotests and a lawsuit.

    Marcus Carroll, the only member of the township committee to vote against rescinding the law, said the ordinance successfully drove unwanted residents away.

    "You can go home now and find a place to park," he said.

    The Coalition of Riverside Business Owners and Landlords will probably drop its lawsuit challenging the ordinance, said David Verduin, president of the group.