Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Vocal opposition works

This is an effort to appease the masses:

Federal immigration authorities arrested 81 illegal immigrants at a tube manufacturing plant in the Poconos.

All 81 workers arrested in the raid Tuesday at Iridium Industries Inc.'s Artube division have been placed in removal proceedings for eventual deportation, said Ernestine Fobbs, a spokeswoman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The immigrants, who are from Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia and Ecuador, were taken to ICE detention centers for processing, she said.

Nantucket police and federal agents swept across the island this morning in a massive immigration raid that by 7:30 a.m. had netted at least 17 people believed to be undocumented aliens with criminal histories.
Its interesting to see the these are coming on the wake of staunch dig-your-heels-in opposition to the comprehensive immigration reform on the grounds that we can't trust the government to enforce the laws that exist.

Is this a sign of good faith? If so, isn't it sort of self-defeating? They say "see, we can arrest illegals" to which I respond - then why do we need new laws?

I wonder how many of these people will ever actually be deported.