In August 2006, I discsussed "The Cozy Relationship Between Illegal Immigrants And Crime", in which I presented statistics showing how illegal immigrants are responsible for a disproportionate amount of some crimes as well as consumption of public resources in the United States.
Apparently, this is not a state secret. Operation Streamline was conceived as a cooperative effort between local, state, and federal officials to regain control of our borders, and has been implemented with noticeably favorable effects at a number of our border cities. Being on the front lines of illegal immigration, Laredo (Texas) lawmakers apparently have no interest in enforcing a Berlin-type "wall of separation" between local cops and immigration authorities; they're more interested in solving the problem. And as a result, Laredo, despite still being technically a "sanctuary city", has experienced considerable success in reducing illegal immigration. Here's an excerpt from a two-page article recently published December 29th, 2007 by the Washington Times:
A strict policy to arrest, prosecute and jail illegal aliens who cross into the U.S. has shown significant success in reducing crossings and crime along the Texas border, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials said this month.
The first 45 days of Operation Streamline — a collaborative effort of local, state and federal agencies in Texas — has resulted in decreased illegal border crossings and crime since its implementation Oct. 31 compared with last year's numbers, said Laredo Border Patrol Sector chief patrol agent Carlos X. Carrillo (pictured above left).
"As more and more illegal aliens are prosecuted and incarcerated under Streamline-Laredo, the word is spreading quickly that illegal entry has its consequences," Mr. Carrillo said. "Those found guilty of violating this statute face penalties that can include fines and up to six months in prison."
During the first 45-day period of Operation Streamline in the Laredo sector only 2,833 illegal entries were reported, compared with last fiscal year, when 4,424 illegal entries were reported during a similar period.
The operation covers a 60-mile span along the U.S.-Mexico border at Laredo. Mr. Carrillo also noted that there was an overall reduction of 33 percent in apprehensions along the entire 171-mile Laredo border corridor.
The Laredo Police Department's crime data for Oct. 31-Dec. 15 indicates a year-to-date reduction in reported crimes of approximately 30 percent, and a 36 percent decrease in major crimes during the 45-day Streamline-Laredo reporting period.
"As a result of this partnership, the positive effects of Streamline-Laredo resonate deep within the community," Mr. Carrillo said.
Any person found guilty of illegally crossing in the Laredo sector can face a series of fines, and sentences that range from 10 days to a maximum of 180 days in jail.
Read the rest of this article HERE. Also reported December 22nd in the Rio Grande Guardian.
Another more modest success story has been noted in Yuma, Arizona. During the first six months of 2007, Operation Streamline nabbed 1,200 illegals. Detection, interception, and deportation can work.