The New York Times, mostly owned by a Mexican monopoly tycoon, Carlos Slim, is again upset that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is arresting illegal aliens. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/nyregion/22raids.html?_r=1 (h/t CIS http://www.cis.org/Griffith/MorningNews72209) The Benjamin Cardoza School of Law Immigration Justice Law Clinic reviewed Notices To Appear for a number of illegal aliens arrested in the New York region and, along with some pet law enforcement political appointees, concluded that ICE should not be arresting illegal aliens. Of course, like Henry Louis Gates, the pack of leftist lawyers and a hack pseudo-cop, Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey, who is obsessed with cowboy hats, he doesn't like them, and was upset when in 2007 ICE rounded up some illegal aliens and gang bangers and one of the ICE agents wore a cowboy hat. According to Mulvey, wearing a cowboy hat is menacing and racist. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/nyregion/03raid.html?ex=1349064000&en=4988762b43d41d08&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
While the toady Mulvey babbled on and on in the above report about the need for arrest and search warrants, he concluded that the raids on illegal alien residences should be a last resort. A last resort because he doesn't want too many illegals arrested. It does not occur to him that a persons home is where that person is most likely to be found. He also said that ICE agents misidentified themselves as police.
Mulvey was also upset that arrests in Connecticut were performed by ICE agents who enjoy their job.
But the real purpose of this report is that the law school and Mulvey don't like immigration law and think that the borders should be open to all. The first clue in the story is this line:
"The raids were supposed to focus on dangerous criminals, but overwhelmingly netted Latinos with civil immigration violations who happened to be present, the study said."
Interesting that the NYT left out the fact that the "dangerous criminals" are also Latino. Or didn't they read the outstanding arrest warrants of deportation absconders? They are mostly Latino, as are the rest of illegal aliens in the U.S. For the same reason that the NYT and Mulvey call immigration laws racist is the fact that most illegals are Latino as are most of the absconders that ICE was looking for. Mulvey seemed obsessed that other illegals besides those on the arrest warrants are arrested. I wonder if his officers while investigating one crime, like burglary, ignore evidence of other crimes that are found during a burglary investigation? Should murders be let go if a detective investigating rape discovers the evidence for murder? Do Mulvey's deputies on traffic patrol ignore evidence of other crimes during a traffic stop? Obviously not, and Mulvey is either a moron or just doesn't want immigration laws enforced.
It must also be pointed out to Mulvey, that all federal law enforcement officers and agent are trained to identify themselves as police. Why, because police is a universally understood work, very similar in pronunciation in many languages. For instance: French: police, Spanish: policia, Portuguese: policia, German: polizei, etc. Everyone understands it and the person hearing it knows that a person with law enforcement authority is present.
Mulvey also claims that arrest and search warrants were needed. Well, first there were arrest warrants for the deportation absconders, but no warrant is needed to arrest an alien unlawfully present. Second, a search warrant is not necessary if the person gives consent. But I bet every search performed by Nassau County deputies have written consent? I don't think so. All you need is verbal consent or even silently acquiescing to the question by not saying no or refusing entry.
It is a common practice by law enforcement all over the country to ask a persons permission to enter their house or search their person, then taking the action if the don't refuse. Or better yet, asking them an exaggerated question, such as: You don't have any bombs, rocket launchers or weapons do you? As most people don't have those things, and deny it, the officer then asks: You don't mind then if I search you for a rocket launcher do you? You just said you didn't. And the usual response of most people, even if they have something else they should not have, like drugs or a pistol or false documents, they agree to the search. The clever thing is to ask an exaggerated question that the suspect can deny, but then can't reasonably deny a search for those outlandish items. The second tactic is the knock on the door and request entry when the door is answered. But you ask while walking in. Once in, most will not ask you to leave and acquiesce to the entry.