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Posted on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 5 p.m.

Two illegal immigrants in Washtenaw County arrested during nationwide crackdown

By Kyle Feldscher

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested two illegal immigrants in Washtenaw County as a part of a six-day, nationwide crack down, according to officials.

The arrests were two of more than 3,100 made across the country and 67 in Michigan during Operation Cross Check, according to ICE officials. Khaalid Walls, public affairs officer for the ICE office in Detroit, said the operation had an impact on safety by gathering up many criminals and fugitives.

“Targeted operations like Cross Check have an immediate and significant impact on public safety in our communities,” Walls said in a statement. “Operations like this one prove that a focused enforcement strategy is the best use of our resources.”

The six-day operation was the largest of its kind, according to ICE officials. Arrests were made in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, three U.S. territories and Washington D.C.

Among the 3,168 arrests, 2,834 people had previous criminal convictions including 1,063 people who had convictions for murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, terroristic threats, drug trafficking, child abuse, battery on a child, sexual crimes against minors and aggravated assault.

To read more about Operation Cross Check, click here.

Details on the local detainments were not available.

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robin ked

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

obobo's newest Backdoor amnesty plan IS open for discussion...obummer plan's to Legalize at least 1 Million ILLEGALS by waiving Penalties now in place...currently when you overstay your Visa you Are Banned from reentry if/when caught by either 3-10 years depending on the severity of the 'infraction' but the obamination wants to 'waive' these penalties for anyone/everyone that has a 'relative' here...this Includes 'anchors'...because this would serve as a 'hardship' on those ILLEGALs & evidently obobo needs More Voters........So Please comment and spread the word... here Is the Link:!submitComment;D=USCIS-2012-0003-0001


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 9:52 p.m.

Hard to believe isn't it ? Our tax dollars hard at work.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:34 p.m.

I see no reason to deport them, they become voting citizens and make a huge contribution to this effort.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 8:06 p.m.

@jns131.....they are coming across the border with fake documentation in their pocket and they are voting as soon as they register with a precinct, not hard to do.....believe me.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

From what I heard? It can take 4 or more years to become a citizen of the US. So this voting thing becomes null and void until they become citizens. But good thought any how.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:09 p.m.

Think about it and it will make sense.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

Your comment caused my brain to divide by zero!


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:47 p.m.

Why are the names not reported? Names are reported in many other articles. If these people are illegal there is no "right" to protect by naming them in the article. It would also be helpful in case there are children who are enrolled in the schools (which are on spring break) so that school officials are aware of a major change at home.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:26 p.m.

Aside from wasting money what was accomplished here? The same ppl will be back in the States in a short time.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

What would be your answer, then? Clearly there is some "revolving door" going on with deportees. Would you be open to amnesty, willing to pay a higher tax rate to build fences and hire more enforcement officers, go after the employers more aggressively?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:04 p.m.

Curious, most of the people upset about illegal immigration here are also usually quick to jump on the Obama admin (even if they jump with no facts at their disposal), how about some credit where credit is due? The Obama admin has a record amount of deportations of Illegal aliens. Combined with record drilling for oil and gas, I would think there would be some recondition that the president is doing what his "conservative" opponents want done. But, that would take a reality based political approach, anybody expect that? The"The U.S. deported more people — nearly 400,000 — who were in the country illegally in fiscal 2011 than ever before, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau. Of the 396,906 people removed from the U.S., more than half — 216,698 —had been previously convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, according to the ICE numbers, which represent a 90 percent increase in the number of criminals deported over those for fiscal 2008."

Joe Hood

Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 1:47 a.m.

You can read my comment above and see where I stand. I'm against Obama and his attack on the first amendment.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:38 p.m.

Is this a joke?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:05 p.m.

"recognition", not recondition"


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 11:24 a.m.

I'm not going to make some insulting comments. They are what they are. They've come here en masse because the politicians and business leaders invited them here and wanted them here. They are, by in large, hardworking people who do real work. If anything, I wish we would return to "old world values" where manual labor wasn't scoffed at and women wanted to have lots of kids (with hardworking guys).


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 10:31 a.m.

Now they can go to there local city's and cry to them and then the city officials can save them. Even though they can not find the time to take care of there own city business. Sound like maybe A2.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:47 a.m.

Not enough information in this article. Where did these people live in Washtenaw County? What city? Were they employed? If so, where?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:18 a.m.

All or nothing on this argument. So many of them do the jobs nobody wants to do, but so many of them are nott coming here for our jobs.

Jay Thomas

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:35 a.m.

Liberals are so naive about this. Mexico has been encouraging its criminal class to emigrate north for a long time now. Once they get out of prison... next step the border. The equivalent of several Mariel boatlifts of criminals every year among the 3 million Mexicans who sneak in every year. They are NOT all good people just looking for a better life. The jails in border states are FILLED with them... so much so that states like California have revolving door prison systems due to overcrowding; and criminals who hurt Americans (legal or otherwise) see only a fraction of the jail time you would expect if you were the victim of their crimes. Meanwhile Mexico has much tougher laws on illegal immigration and doesn't put up with the nonsense we do with the central Americans who come there (can you say hypocrisy?).


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:27 p.m.

Jay, its' called "The Market". As long as there is a demand for cheap workers, the supply will keep up.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:52 a.m.

Unless they prosecute the American corporations and businesses who perpetually hire illegals, nothing will change. There are companies in the southwest that run buses to Mexico and then back over the border to bring in illegals to work in the US (and they then live here illegally) so they can pay cheap wages and offer no benefits. If you don't speak the language, you are easier to control and less likely to complain about poor working conditions. Start prosecuting the corporations. No work and the illegal immigration problem diminishes greatly.

Joe Hood

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : midnight

The system is broken; These people are economic refugees. Can you imagine any reason why someone would want to leave the paradise of Guatemala to come to Michigan. Why not have all of these people registered here (not citizenship), let them continue to work (not getting paid below the table) and to vote in their own country and one day return there once the economics have been fixed.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 1:39 p.m.

Hey Scy! Did you have an opportunity to read my last post at the Trayvon thread we were on?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

scylding? I totally agree with your comment. Mine went thru Ellis Island and got in legally. Everyone should do the same.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 4:45 a.m.

I have a better idea. How about they get deported, go back to the back of the line, and we let the people who come here legally compete for the jobs that open up in the wake of the deportees? These new folks are people who don't have criminal records, and they deserve the jobs a lot more than people who break all the rules.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 11:45 p.m.

The INS is either the fictional news organization for which Carl Kolchak worked or it's the Immigration and Naturalization Service: often, it's hard to tell the difference. Word for present and prospective illegal immigrants: those quotas are there to tell you that we don't want THAT many people leaving their broken countries so they can come and break ours. Please: find another country other than ours, or stay at home and fix the problems there.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

Are these the same "Undocumented" people that everybody wants to keep here in the US? Illegal is Illegal, ship them back home. We want the smart ones that enter the "Legal" way.

William Flewidity

Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 3:03 a.m.

Enso, In response to your response: #2, 'Illegal is illegal' unless your a wealthy banker or otherwise associated with corporate America. Illegal is only illegal for some people. Ok, I won't even waste my time with that one. Glad the Occupy Wallstreet movement allowed you to borrow a computer to post that. #3, 'Ship them back home" And what about their children who are citizens? Ship the children back too. If I rob a bank then buy a corvette with the money I stole, do I deserve to keep the car because I paid cash for it? NO, it was still obtained through illigal means! Get it? No, you probably don't do you. #4, are illigal immigrants less intelligent? Well, your VERY FIRST act in the U.S. is to break the law, is that intelligent???? Probably not. Here through legal means, WELCOME! Here illegally, go home!!


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

"ship them back" is offending, even to those that come here legally. I learned what that phrase meant after a classmate's mother told me I should be "shipped back". My adopted parents had to explain that some adults fear what they don't know and what is different. I don't disagree with your view, but the way you stated it.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:55 p.m.

Who is "everybody"? Is it possible that XMO is operating from stereotype and assumptions...again? Nah, these posts are always well thought out an founded in facts.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:33 p.m.

@ William (1) Ignatz already hit on the 'everybody' comment. (2) 'Illegal is illegal' unless your a wealthy banker or otherwise associated with corporate America. Illegal is only illegal for some people. (3) 'Ship them back home" And what about their children who are citizens? Should we make them wards of the state? (4) And then the implication that illegal immigrants are necessarily less intelligent... One exception: Cesar Millan, the 'dog whisperer.' Started as an illegal immigrant and has since built an empire. That takes some brains. I hope on a second viewing you can now see why xmo's comments make no sense.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 11:50 a.m.

"Everybody" wants to keep illegals here? I'd be interested in seeing the survey on that.

William Flewidity

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:58 a.m.

Just curious, as of the time I am writing this comment there are 6 "votes down" on this comment posted by XMO. Please enlighten (and humor) me as to why anyone would vote this comment down. Seriously, I see nothing but truth and common sense in his comment so please tell me what justifies a down vote as I really dont see it!

monroe c

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

Only two?