Take That!

June 6th, 2007at 07:04pm Posted by Eli

Compassionate Conservatism at work. Do something that benefits illegal immigrants, get raided:

NEW HAVEN — Federal agents arrested 29 illegal immigrants in a raid Wednesday, two days after the city approved a program to make municipal identification cards available to them, federal officials said.

Paula Grenier, a spokeswoman for the Boston office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed that 29 immigrants who had already been ordered by judges to leave the country were arrested in a routine fugitive operation in New Haven.

She said that those arrested were in ICE custody and would be sent back to their home countries.

Kica Matos, who oversees the New Haven department that assists immigrants, said most of the arrests were in the city’s Fair Haven section, home to many immigrants. Officials believe none of the immigrants have criminal records, she said.

Matos and Jessica Mayorga, a spokeswoman for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, said they believe the raids are related to the Board of Aldermen’s 25-1 vote this week to create all-purpose municipal identification cards. The cards will allow illegal immigrants to open bank accounts and use other services that may be unavailable without driver’s licenses or state-issued identification cards.

“Just two days ago the Board of Aldermen approved this resolution, and today we have the federal government terrifying New Haven residents and taking people away,” Matos said.

Grenier said the raids had nothing to do with the city’s approval of the ID program.

“These are routine fugitive operations,” he said. “We have teams deployed all over the U.S.”

If this were any other government, I might be able to believe that this was just a coincidence, but the Bushies are the most mean-spirited and vindictive administration this country has had since Nixon. At the least.

Some additional background:

Supporters say the ID program, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, will help keep the city’s estimated 15,000 illegal immigrants safe. If they can open bank accounts, they will not need to carry large amounts of cash, a practice that makes them easy targets for robbers.

God forbid. Now we’ll never get rid of them! All those potential illegal immigrants who were contemplating sneaking into this country but were deterred by the fear of getting mugged, they’ll just be flooding in now.

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