PHOENIX - In the largest sweep ever of its kind in the state, immigration agents arrested 63 convicted criminals and immigration fugitives Wednesday.
In Pima County, agents made 8 arrests.
The three-day sweep conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wrapped up Wednesday night.
Sixteen of the total 63 arrested were considered "immigration fugitives" because they were ordered by a court to leave the county but had failed to do so.
Agents have already deported 25 of the people arrested, a release detailed.
More than 60 ICE agents were involved in the operation, in addition to officers from the U.S. Marshals.
The operation dispatched the officers across the state, making arrests in Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona, Mesa, Tempe and Prescott.
"These are not people we want to see walking the streets here in Phoenix or in any other community in Arizona," ICE director John Morton said in a press conference Thursday.
At least 12 of people arrested are facing re-entry felonies that carries a penalty of 20 years in prison.
Among those arrested include a 55-year-old Mexican man who was convicted of selling meth in 2003. A 45-year-old Mexican woman convicted of fraud amounting to $820,000 was also arrested.
Those who were arrested but not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively" for removal from the U.S. Arrestees who had outstanding orders of deportation are being removed immediately.
The rest will be held until they see an immigration judge.
More info on those arrested:
From 9 different nations including countries in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East
Or released on bail as ICE releases most females, especially those that have children.
But, the important thing is that with hundreds of agents and officers, in addition to dozens of Deputy United States Marshals, ICE only found 63 illegal aliens in a state that has an illegal alien population of of 475,000 as of 2007. Not very impressive. 63 illegal aliens should be the daily arrest statistics for ten agents or officers located in Phoenix alone, not the results of hundreds of agents and officers working throughout the whole state.
FAIR’s estimate of the state’s illegal alien population as of 2007 is about 475,000 persons. This is part of an overall estimate of the U.S. illegal alien population of about 13million persons.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service (now dissolved into the Dept. of Homeland Security) estimated in February 2003 that the population of resident illegal aliens in Arizona was 283,000 in January 2000. According to this INS estimate, only five states had higher numbers of illegalaliens than Arizona. Most of the state’s illegal alien population may be presumed to have arrived after the 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens, when nearly 83,000 applications (29,249 long-term illegal residents and 53,319 agricultural workers) were received from aliens who claimed Arizona as their residence.
The illegal alien population has continued to climb since October 1992 when it was estimated at 57,000 illegal residents. The estimate by the INS was about 115,000 as of October 1996. The INS played down the apparent doubling of the illegal alien population in four years by noting that it believed the 1992 estimate should have included about 38,000 more Mexicans. The most recent estimate by DHS put the illegal poulation in the state at 500,000 in 2006.
Clearly this operation with such miniscule results was just boob bait for bubbas, designed to support RINO John McCain in his run against J.D. Hayworth and the Obama Regime amnesty, which Morton unconsionably denies. He uses Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Newspeak for amnesty.
The head of the nation's Immigration and Customs Enforcement says "no" to amnesty, despite a union's claim to the contrary.
Director John Morton denies the Obama administration favors giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, and says his agency is doing all it can to deport those who have entered this country illegally.
"The President doesn't support amnesty, the [Secretary of Homeland Security] doesn't support amnesty, I don't support amnesty," Morton told Neil Cavuto on FOX Business Network Wednesday
But a closer reading shows that the amnesty is planned, but not for every single illegal alien, just most of them. You of course have to do some Clintonian parsing:
"It wasn't an ICE memo," he said. "I can tell you without question, there is no plan afoot to grant deferred action to every single illegal alien in this country. That is not the position of ICE."
But he did confirm that a defacto amnesty exists for certain illegal aliens:
The ICE chief argued that his agency is doing all it can to capture and deport illegal immigrants who commit additional crimes, which it considers a priority over those who are living here peacefully.
It is clear that this raid was a Clintonian tactic, boob bait for bubbas.