The supposed purpose of ICE's “Operation 13”, as the raids were dubbed, was to target members of MS-13, a violent Salvadoran gang. This operation was concieved, no doubt, in response to the politicized killings in New Jersey, in which a chief suspect might have had ties with MS-13. Whether this was the true purpose of the raids or not, is impossible to verify.
You see, supposedly ICE was targetting these evil “criminal illegal aliens” anti-migrant advocates rail on all the time. But the 36 people ICE arrested are being sent away on immigration charges, not criminal charges. The Boston Globe explains:
Because the 36 people were arrested because of their immigration status, federal officials refused to release their names. The agency's policy is to release the names of only those arrested on criminal charges, said spokesman Michael Gilhooly.
Immigrant-rights groups said this week that families told them the raids had resulted in the detention of several noncriminal immigrants.
One group said that at least seven Salvadorans were detained in Revere, Everett, East Boston, and Lynn, although they did not have criminal records. A lawyer with Greater Boston Legal Services said his office talked to a handful of people swept up in the raids, including at least one who did not have a criminal record.
I think the community reports and the lawyer provide pretty solid evidence that ICE was engaged in non-gang related activity. That's why people are protesting these raids.
So we can't verify that 36 people deported actually were gang members, because their names were released. And ICE is pretending the people that don't have criminal records don't exist, or at least they're not commenting on them. It seems pretty plain to me that something is going on here beyond just “Operation 13”.
Let's take this in a different direction. Let's assume that we can trust everything ICE says (we have no other choice since they make very little information public). Let's say 36 dangerous gang members were deported yesterday without any criminal charges. It's important to think of the global consequences of something like this.
That means these people can walk free from their crimes and terrorize people in El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. What is worse gang networks are even stronger in these regions and they can send people back into the United States better than any smuggler can. This policy of deportation doesn't make anything better. On the contrary it is making things worse. It is strengthening the very gangs that ICE is supposedly targeting.
The truth of the Boston MS-13 raids is that ICE is actually targeting wider migrant communities with initiatives like this. Even if ICE isn't, U.S. citizens aren't being protected when they are sending these people away, it is making things worse and it is forcing more migrants to leave the violent conditions these gangs are creating in Emigration States. People have to start thinking about the issues asssociated with migration globally if anything is going to change.
Let me get this straight.
The Government is FINALLY doing their job and You take offense to that?
Who’s side are YOU on? American Citizens or ILLEGAL ALIENS?
It’s not like ICE are doing mass roundups of Illegal Aliens, they are going after the gang/felon/violent Illegal Aliens and YOU STILL have a problem with that!
We have 9000 American Citizens killed by Illegal Aliens last year and apparently that doesn’t bother You.
At least one of those signs are not in English(shocking, uh?) Does that bother You at all? Or is that a good thing for America? I call that NOT ASSIMILATING into America. But hey supporters like You of Illegal Immigration have no problem with foreign nationals breaking our laws and using our tax money for their benefits. After all they are just here to work, right?
Can’t wait for next year’s May 1st Boycott America Day when Illegal Aliens and their supporters like You go marching in America’s streets with foreign flags demanding benefits and citizenship.
Please keep it up as it really helps your cause. LOL – Just look how it helped Your Amnesty Bill fly through the Senate this year, oh wait that’s right it went down in flames TWICE! Also that’s with an Amnesty supporting President and Democratic controlled House/Senate.
Is this Your dream for America’s future?
This is probably one of the most ridiculous comments I've gotten on Blue Mass. Group. I don't support migrants crossing the border illegally, I wish they never had to leave. I do support a just and fair U.S. immigration law though. It is you that are mistaken in supporting present immigration law.
Immigration Orange Lesson #3: 'Pro Legal Immigrant' and Ignorant
…it is conflating two issues. Gang violence and membership on the one hand. And illegal/undocumented immigration on the other.
I don’t do immigration law, but it seems to me that, whether or not person X is an illegal/undocumented alien, if person X is convicted of a crime (not related to immigration) he or she can be sentenced to prison in the USofA.
If the USofA has an arrangement with the country of which the person is a citizen, the US can agree to deport that person to the other country to serve out his or her sentence. As far as I know, that has been done. But the US is not required to do so; it can require that the convicted person serve out the sentence in an US prison–and thereafter be deported.
Level two. The US may not be particularly interested in prosecuting the accused, but it does want to deport him or her to the home country. If the home country wishes to prosecute the deportee, the US government should provide assistance–such as providing evidence of the crime.
Level three. If the accused is a US citizen, he or she cannot be deported
maybe it is not the most well-written post, so I probably didn't seperate the issues out well enough. I think the key point you make is in level 2. The U.S. doesn't provide assistance for countries to prosecute these people and the 36 supposed gang members will run free wherever they are sent, and probably end up in the U.S. in a few months.