Skip to comments.Irving TX mayor defends increased deportations - Mexican Consul sez "Avoid the city of Irving"
Posted on 09/22/2007 4:03:17 PM PDT by dennisw
Mexican Consul Enrique Hubbard Urrea has issued an unusual warning to immigrants from his country: Avoid the city of Irving.
Deportations in this city have skyrocketed in the last several months from 262 in all of 2006 to 1,338 through mid-September.
"In this city, one has to be extra careful," he told Al Día . "And if possible, avoid going through there, because we suspect, and with good reason, that people are being detained simply because of their appearance."
At least 1,600 people have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement since June 2006 as part of the Criminal Alien Program, which provides for round-the-clock communication with federal authorities and is designed to detain illegal immigrants who have been accused of a crime.
The program is the latest tool being used by local governments in the absence of a federal overhaul of immigration laws as they struggle with problems created by illegal immigration. Some residents in Irving have complained that illegal immigrants have transformed the city in negative ways with too many people crammed into dilapidated homes, and neighbors parking too many cars in their yards.
And Irving Mayor Herbert Gears says that he will "utilize whatever we are able to use to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in Irving, and that includes for the immigrant population."
But consulate officials say they believe innocent people are being unfairly targeted.
Consuls from El Salvador and Mexico met with Mr. Gears and Police Chief Larry Boyd nearly two months ago to talk about the rising number of deportations. During that meeting, the mayor said officials were checking out complaints to determine whether anyone had been stopped without cause.
But Mr. Gears said he understands the Mexican Consulate's message.
"His warning is significant," he said.
(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...
If it looks like an illegal, acts like an illegal, comes into contact with law enforcement and has no proof of legal residency, it's probably an illegal.
Good for the Mayor, though he needs to use the word “illegal.” Legal immigrants are to be respected. Criminal invaders not.
Immigrants have nothing to fear. Illegal ones do.
Mexican Consul Enrique Hubbard Urrea...... They ought to grab him and make sure he isn’t illegal
I misread “avoid the city of Irving” as “avoid the city living” and was thinking, “I wish I could.”
“But consulate officials say they believe innocent people are being unfairly targeted.”
Thats exactly right Mr Consulate! Innocent US citizens are being unfairly targeted by illegal invaders.
Americans should start demanding that the US Gov. start closing all those unnecessary Mexican “consulates.”
Very good news.. Hope that other Mayors will become “copycats”
Good Job Irving!!!!
Nobody who sneaks into this country illegally is innocent!
The sense of entitlement these people have used to make me livid, but now I'm just stone cold. Deport them all.
The tone of the article is inappropriate. We are supposed to feel bad about the laws being enforced? Excuse me, but this is what every city in the U.S. should be doing. If these people want to immigrate, let them do it through the proper legal channels, instead of sneaking in ahead of those who want to do it the right way.
He was talking about the general population, as in ‘we want to improve the quality of life for our citizens and that includes the immigrant population.”
But, by the way, I live in Irving and, well, it is the multi-cultural capital of the universe.
If ANYONE of a diverse culture is avoiding Irving, I haven’t noticed it. I can pass 8 different nationalities on a doggie walk.
Read the quote again. He was saying the program was increasing the quality of life for the legal immigrant community, as well as non-immigrants.
Sounds OK to me.
I hear the same thing is happening in AUSTIN! Better issue that ALERT!
Right outside of Dallas.
“Don’t Mess With Texas” especially the home of the Cowboys stadium (Texas Stadium).
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