U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Victims Unit (ICE SVU) is supposed to investigate immigration and customs law violations. However, ICE SVU does not want to enforce immigration laws, so to keep its 2,000 or so Special Agents busy, it looks for other work. Now it has decided that retail theft is within its jurisdiction.
NBC 6 South Florida July 9, 2012 by David Jeannot
Retail theft is a major cause for concern, but now a new federal task force has been formed to combat organized retail crime in South Florida.
“We are pleased to announce the formation of the Homeland Security Investigations-led South Florida Organized Retail Crime Task Force,” said Alysa D. Erichs, the Miami special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, at a news conference Tuesday.
The task force is bringing together the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department, Doral Police Department and the National Retail Federation.
Their job is to put a stop to criminal organizations that steal millions of dollars of merchandise from local businesses and then sell the merchandise at flea markets over the Internet or export it illegally out of the country.
“Well, Miami once again is among the top 10 cities along with Los Angeles, New York and Chicago for organized retail crime activity,” said Wifredo A. Ferrer, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Left unmentioned is that the State of Florida has an illegal alien population of 825,000 as estimated in 2010. Retail theft is a local crime that is the responsibility of the various law enforcement agencies there. Obviously the State of Florida is wasting millions trying George Zimmerman for a non-crime, rather than spend the law enforcement monies they do have on retail theft investigations, but that does not give the Federal government jurisdiction to investigate the theft and sale of stolen merchandise at flea markets. A much simpler solution would for local law enforcement agencies to go to those flea markets and arrest the sellers. That is certainly not what ICE SVU should be doing though. They should search out some of those 825,000 illegal aliens and make some arrests. Undoubtedly they could assist local law enforcement by those arrests as undoubtedly many of those thieves are aliens, both legal and illegal.
Give Alysa D. Erichs a call and ask her why she does not assign those Special Agents to arresting illegal aliens.
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