1st Immigration Raid of Obama’s Administration


The first immigration raid of an employer under the new Obama administration took place yesterday in Bellingham, Washington.  One third of the work force at an engine remanufacturing company, a total of 28 people, mostly illegal immigrants from Mexico, were arrested.  Three were later released.  The others are awaiting decisions regarding deportation. 

Statements and actions by Janet Napolitano, Obama’s new Secretary of Homeland Security, following the raid, give me cause for concern:

The secretary of Homeland Security has ordered of a review of an immigration raid in Bellingham in which a third of the employees of an engine manufacturing shop were arrested.

Janet Napolitano said she wants to know why Tuesday’s raid took place and said immigration enforcement should be focused on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

Uh, yeah, Janet.  Doesn’t this pretty much fit the bill?  Obviously, the raid was justified since it found that a full third of the company’s employees were illegals.  I hope that Ms. Napolitano is just re-stating department policy instead of condemning such actions.  Does she really want to come across as being sympathetic to illegal aliens at a time when 15% of the American work force can’t find a decent job? 

Of course, there’s always the bleeding hearts who come out in support of the criminals:

“Attacking workers, taking away the primary breadwinner, destroying a local business and leaving families torn apart is simply un-American and unjust,” said immigration advocate Pramila Jayapal with OneAmerica.

Nobody is tearing apart families here.  ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is simply enforcing the law and sending illegals home.  Their families are free to return with them.  And no one has destroyed the company.  They will find no shortage of American workers eager to take over.  (Although I’m sure some immigrant advocacy group will claim that building engines is another example of the kind of work that Americans won’t do any more.  Funny, there sure seems to be plenty of laid-off auto workers here in Michigan who would love to be doing that work.)

Napolitano would be better advised to issue strong statements of support for ICE and strong condemnations of illegal workers following such raids, unless she wants to destroy morale at Homeland Security.


8 Responses to 1st Immigration Raid of Obama’s Administration

  1. Clyde Bollinger says:

    The task of clearing the USA of illegal aliens grows more difficult by the day as more and more LEGAL offspring are born to the illegal families. This gives the enablers and defenders valid ammunition to use to prevent prosecution and deportation of the illegals. Most of us take ‘born in the USA” seriously. How can we justify deporting a citizen? Even the definition becomes a problem. Sending a US citizen to their parents native country goes against the grain, somehow, even when it is the ‘right thing to do’.
    Border security becomes more urgent and raids such as described in the article should become the norm rather than the exception. Even if we only deport the illegals without children born here we would be making progress.

  2. Robert says:


    I saw Napolitano’s comments on the raid and almost felt like she was apologizing for the raid. Her comments were not reassuring at all in giving me the impression that the new administration would be carrying out the enforcement of our immigration laws. This does not bode well. Additionally in reference to Clyde’s comment, the original intent of the 14th Amendment was not to grant citizenship to illegal aliens and the government policy of granting citizenship has never been decided in court. Below is a link to a short discussion on the 14th Amendment. I personally do not consider anchor babies as citizens but even if they are currently considered citizens, it is the parents responsibility to raise the children in there own Country and when the child becomes an adult, then they can choose whether they want to come back to the U.S. and from what I understand, that is the current procedure in deportation cases.

  3. Clyde Bollinger says:

    Although absent from the wording, as you say, the original intent of the 14th amendment was to apply to freed slaves. It has, however, been applied to illegal alien cases more recently and the court has affirmed the citizenship of the offspring of illegals.
    In any case the emotional nature of deporting citizen children of illegals born here becomes too costly for lots of people to support. We need to make haste before the numbers increase.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      Good discussion, guys. My understanding is that, although the court has ruled in the past that the 14th amendment applies to anyone born in the U.S., even if born to illegal aliens, that such an interpretation is not proper and may still be subject to question. I’d sure love to see it tested again. To me, it just makes no sense. Even a baby born to a casual visitor, here for only a day, is considered a citizen. Seems to me that citizenry shouldn’t be passed out so frivolously. Perhaps it made sense when we were building the country and trying to populate a vast frontier (much to the dismay of native Americans, or Anishinaabe), but now it’s become an anachronism.

  4. Clyde Bollinger says:

    As I read the amendment, the only exception, although not defined, would be diplomats. Presumably their status precludes them being “under the jurisdiction”. Otherwise, born here = citizen. It is high time for our legislature to act on the issue of the status of illegal alien children. Possibly the jurisdiction provision could be stretched to cover illegals, since they are making a conscious effort to evade jurisdiction.
    Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

    Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.

    Section 1.
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      Yes, it’s the “… and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” clause that causes some constitutional scholars to challenge the notion that anyone born here is automatically granted citizenship. To them, it makes each case a matter that should be decided by the courts. I tend to agree. It the writers of this amendment intended automatic citizenship, they would have made it perfectly clear by leaving out that qualifying clause altogether.

  5. Clyde Bollinger says:

    How could they have omitted the ‘jurisdiction’ clause? Our new country was extremely dependent on foreign governments and no doubt there were numerous diplomat families living here. It would have been presumptous to automatically grant citizenship to their offspring, thus at least one possible explanation for the clause. By the same token it was prescient for the founders to give such a high value to US citizenship. I certainly have high regard for my citizenship and US passport. I would expect even an illegal to have similar sentiments and just to strip it away because Mom and Dad are not legal can and will be argued for years to come. All the more reason to expedite the roundup and deportation efforts.
    We don’t want to lose sight of the original comment, and the Sec’y’s attitude seems to be critical of the INS and apologetic for the inconvenience. Not acceptable considering her position. The INS needs all of the positive support and encouragement possible.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      Good point about the jurisdiction clause, Clyde.

      Back to Napolitano, I agree wholeheartedly. Her comment wasn’t acceptable. I’m hoping that it doesn’t reflect Obama’s position on the issue. I hope he gets her back in line with the mission of her department. These raids have been effective and need to continue. I give Bush a lot of credit for getting it right on illegal immigration the last couple of years.

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