The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids of Swift & Co. meatpacking plants that rounded up more than 1,280 illegal immigrants were long overdue (and here).
Illegal aliens flout U.S. immigration laws when they sneak into this country so they think the rules don't apply to them, including the rule against stealing a person’s Social Security number. What’s a little identity theft when you’re trying to feed your family? Um, illegal.
Violations of our immigration laws and privacy rights often go hand in hand. Enforcement actions like this one protect the privacy rights of innocent Americans while striking a blow against illegal immigration.
Similarly, ICE chief Julie Myers didn't mince her words:
This investigation has uncovered a disturbing front in the war against illegal immigration. We believe that the genuine identities of possibly hundreds of U.S. citizens are being stolen or hijacked by criminal organizations and sold to illegal aliens in order to gain unlawful employment in this country. Combating this burgeoning problem is one of ICE’s highest priorities.
It really concerns me because identity theft connotes trying to take advantage of another person, trying to use their credit cards and do all sorts of things to steal from another person. Generally these are just workers trying to get a job.
Well, I'm sure those hard-working – law-abiding – Americans whose identities were stolen are really concerned they may have to explain to the IRS why they failed to pay their taxes.
The museum’s permanent collection includes cut-paper silhouettes by Kara Walker. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Walker’s provocative silhouettes focus on slavery, race and sexual exploitation.
For roughly 90 minutes the demonstrators, who marched in silent rebuke of police brutality, were the brightest lights on the avenue. Their quiet dignity was intermittently punctuated with chants of "no justice, no peace" and counts from one to 50 to mark the number of shots fired by undercover officers.
Hordes of holiday shoppers and tourists stared in puzzlement at the sea of black faces. I overheard snippets of complaints about their inability to cross at certain intersections. I thought: It's a black thing, you wouldn't understand.
The march ended at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue outside Macy’s, where I worked for three years during my undergraduate days.
But one after another, in conversations with Sergeant Kipp or Sergeant Wheeler, the men said they could not say how many shots they had fired. Two said they were unsure whether they had even fired at all, including a detective who investigators later learned had fired 31 shots, emptying his 9-millimeter Sig Sauer pistol, reloading and emptying it again during the frenzied barrage.
The accounts of the lieutenant and the two sergeants are included in the Police Department’s preliminary report of the shooting early on Nov. 25 that left the car’s driver, Sean Bell, 23, dead on his wedding day and two of his friends wounded, one seriously. The men were part of a larger group that had just attended Mr. Bell’s bachelor party in a strip club down the block.
The march will step off at Noon at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. For more info, click here.