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On October 7, 2013 California Governor Jerry Brown signed a state bill prohibiting law-enforcement officials from detaining an individual on the basis of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after that person becomes eligible for release, unless he or she has been charged with or convicted of certain crimes, including violent felonies. See recent illegal immigration news
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If they have committed a crime (violent or not) and are illegal immigrants they need to be deported. 1yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
Yes, illegal aliens should be detained and returned to their home country without any delay, no court hearing, none of that stuff that delays the return to home country. Right now an illegal & US ICE are playing a cat and mouse game. The illegal has to be caught 30 times before he/she is deported. That is ridiculous. After all, I can't sneak across the Mexican border or I will go to jail. Same with any other country. We are the only goofballs that let them stay and stay and stay and wring our hands about what to do about them. Every day criminals and pedophiles cross our border to do harm to our citizens. 1yr ago from a Republican in Bellaire, TX.
Yes, they should be detained so that they may be deported by the state. The federal government has already demonstrated a lifetime ineptitude with regard to immigration policy. 1yr ago from a Republican in Beaverton, OR.
Obey current law and then send "bill" for deportation and room and board while in U.S. custody to the country where they came from .. and expect payment. 1yr ago from a Republican in Denver, CO.
Yes in fact all law enforcement in the course of doing their jobs should be charged with the task of asking if a suspected person of all types is a citizen. We all have drivers licenses and ID for cashing checks, ETC in this society. Should be for voting too. I would proudly show mine but we have to be careful of how we treat those off the grid but even they have a story that can be checked out. We can't just stop peoples free travel on fishing trips of citizenship tho. 1yr ago from a Republican in Rutland, VT.
Those who come here from any other country and willing to become US citizens, learn English and follow our laws are welcome. If not and you break laws...you have to go back. 1yr ago from a Republican in Clearview City, KS.
Technically, they're illegal and should not be in the country. However, I think that if they are paying taxes and working and are not causing violent crimes or any trouble, they should be allowed to stay and work to gain a visa and/or American citizenship. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Duncanville, TX.
I have no real issue with illegal immigrants as long as they are non-violent and no drug association. so, if they suspected of crimes from their homeland, then i have no problem with them being tatrgeted. 1yr ago from a Green in Jenks, OK.
Provide a path for those here and control the border. All Americans should have I.D. cards. All those without US I.D. or current legal Passport need to be deported. 1yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
Crime prevention starts at the basic street level. If an area has a large immigrant population from countries known for corruption, lack of crimes are a huge issue. Years of police community outreach programs would be destroyed while opening another crack for terrorist or crime gangs to exploit. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Carrollton, MI.
A crime committed by an illegal immigrant should result in deportation, just as our neighboring countries do. Deportation should be paid for by the criminal, if possible. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Pacifica, CA.
First this should be handled like any individual who has allegedly committed a crime. If found to be an illegal immigrant then legislation in place would indicate the legality of any and all procedures. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Milan, TN.
Mexican illegals should be granted citizen ship without question immediately and given a handshake... we welcome terrorists into the country and give them tax breaks every day, we should extend the same privilige we had when we stole this country from the natives to our neighbors to the south. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Lakewood, OH.
Federal immigration authorities want to use them as pawns for Democrat Party. They pick and choose which laws to enforce for personal gain. 1yr ago from a Republican in Tucson, AZ.
Yes, all illegal immigrants should be turned over to federal authorities prosecuted sent to prison at hard labor then deported after completing their entire sentence. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Middle Island, NY.
We must define what constitutes a minor crime. For minor offenses (such as traffic laws) individual should face local laws like anyone else, but not fear to be deported. 1yr ago from a Republican in Middletown, CT.
A minor crime is still a crime. This has nothing to do with immigrant issues. 1yr ago from a Democrat in La Jolla, CA.
NO CHINA RULES GG. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Fontana, CA.
Illegal immigrants should be either deported or forced to become english-speaking, tax-paying citizens if they want to stay here. These persons should lose their citizenship and deported following serious crimes, including membership in violent gangs. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Bayville, NJ.
Take them in and let them take the appropriate steps to become a citizen, if they chose not to send them back home, we can not afford to keep taking care of them and allowing them the benefits which should go to the born and raised us citizen. US Citizens are not getting a fair deal, to much is offered to people coming into this country and the Americans are feeling the pain of this. Charity begins are home, you cant help others of you are not able to help yourself!. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Union City, NJ.
Determination of status dependent on suitability for citizenship ex: are they violent, pattern of multiple offences, etc. should be criteria for deportation. Under 10 yrs old or born in US - no unless there is no family that will take responsibility for them here. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Brisbane, CA.
They should be immediately sent back to where they came from. there is a legal method of entering other countries they should use it. 1yr ago from a Republican in Andrews, TX.
No. They should be subjected to the same penalties as citizens for violent crimes followed by deportation. Non-violent offenders should be deported. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Barium Springs, NC.
Deport for violent crime, as well DUI or any crime against person or property. 1yr ago from a Republican in Russellville, AR.
Only if the federal government pays for that incarseration. Immigration is the exclusive purview of the federal government per the US Consitution. States and local municipalites need not play. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Montgomery, AL.
Minor crimes is subjective. there should be a fast track for citizenship. if the crime is harmful to the state or country or community they should be removed. drug dealers, hit and runs, DUI, person to person crimes. 1yr ago from a Green in Eugene, OR.
Yes but I mean to say: if we tax paying citizens are detained for minor crimes, then the same should be the case for illegal immigrants. 1yr ago from a Republican in Jersey City, NJ.
Illegal immigrants should be aware that remaining in US soil is an opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families. Immigrants who violate the law and have been charged with a crime should be tried fairly and if found guilty of violent crimes, should be deported. Immigrants who have proven their innocence and are elegible for release, should NOT, by any means be detained by any branch of law enforcement. 1yr ago from a Republican in Nashville, TN.
If illegal immigrants are found breaking minor laws they should be deported. If they are guilty of a felony or a more serious crime they should be tried and convicted. Once their time has been served they should be deported. 1yr ago from a Republican in Lynchburg, VA.
No. This should not be a priority for local law enforcement. 1yr ago from a Republican in Medina, WA.
No, the detaining process is seldom ever short. Not only does this limit jail capacity, but it also places undue burden on the detainee. If there is a way to expedite the process, that seems to be the appropriate solution. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Boys Town, NE.
Only if it's drug related, violent, or smuggling. 1yr ago from a Republican in Kent, WA.
The whole approach to immigration needs to be reformed -- made simpler, easier for skilled workers or just non-criminal people to legally immigrate. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Seattle, WA.
Yes, as long as it falls under their rights as law enforcement. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Milford, MA.
Of course they should detain them. The illegals already committed a crime when they entered our country illegally. Prosecute prior to deportation. Stop them at the border, it would be cheaper. 1yr ago from a Republican in Amelia Court House, VA.
Being deported for jaywalking seems a bit extreme, but violent offenders or those involved in human trafficking are another matter altogether. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Camillus, NY.
See above. However, criminals should be prosecuted without regard to their citizenship status. 1yr ago from a Green in Bridgewater, NJ.
They should be detained and have a background check run on them to determine if deportation is necessary. Illegal immigrants should be given a two year period to register with their local police department to receive a "registered" illegal immigrant status. If the immigrant refuses to register, then they risk immediate deportation. This could also get them into a citizenship program. (Personally, I think we should deport some lazy a$$ Americans to other countries and bring in hard working immigrants). 1yr ago from a Republican in Fort Wayne, IN.
Yes, all illegal immigrants should be turned over to federal authorities and deported give a one parachute policy if we get you a second time illegally we will throw you from the plane without a parachute!. 1yr ago from a Republican in Sun Valley, NV.
Law enforcement is not the issue. The US has laws that govern how illegal immigrants are treated. Congress has the power to change those laws as it sees fit. This is not about how law enforcement behaves. This is about having a nation of laws and about having a functioning legislature that moderates those laws as time and circumstances change. But once more, on difficult, emotionally charged issues, congress finds it easier to pass the buck. 1yr ago from a Republican in Coupeville, WA.
This is a federal issue and takes state and local law enforcement away from their legitimate duties. They should detain only those that would have been detained regardless of immigration status. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Arkansas City, KS.
All of these illegal immigration questions are missing the central question: Why has it become so difficult for people to legally immigrate to the U.S.? Open the gates, provide documentation, turn all these people into tax-paying citizens. Any potential downside (what are they?) seem minor compared to the huge economic and moral cost of creating this vast population of undocumented people living in our midst. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Weston, MA.
Violent criminals from other countries should be deported, if they commit a violent crime here and they are here illegally, then our justice system should take care of it. 1yr ago from a Democrat in San Benito, TX.
Yes, all illegal immigrants should be turned over to federal authorities, jailed for six months and deported for the first offense. Add one year if caught in the US again and lose the opportunity to ever become a citizen. 1yr ago from a Republican in Somerset, KY.
Provide path for those that have steady jobs and doing good work. 1yr ago from a Democrat in South Whitley, IN.
Only if convicted of a major/violent crime; however the number of illegal immigrants in our country is gradually getting out of control, to the point where if it is noticeable that is is in fact mostly illegal immigrants that are at all convicted of anything in the first place, we need to seriously reconsider how we handle our borders. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Manlius, NY.
For violent crimes yes. Non violent crimes they should be forced to make restitution and their home countries embassy should be informed and made to help deal with the situation. 1yr ago from a Republican in Tulsa, OK.
Note the word Illegal in the term immigrant. then repeat the question... you are simply handing them over for a unauthorized act, aka entering the country. there are certain levels of control needed in a country to maintain order. I have no problem allowing all immigrants to become registered and then contribute to the society, but depending on how its structured, it could open floodgates for additional immigrants, of which the country might not be able to adequately absorb into society. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Windermere, FL.
They should detain any illegal aliens and deport criminals immediately. temp working visas and back of the line for citizenship to existing illegal immigrants. borders should be enforced. 1yr ago from a Republican in Flower Mound, TX.
If the illegal immigrant is convicted of a crime, they should not be allowed to stay here. if the illegal is actively trying to become a lawful U.S. citizen, they should be able to stay here. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Phoenix, AZ.