Sharkansky, Oh That
Liberal Media, Jul. 10
Today’s Seattle Times
reports on a wave of panic supposedly caused by law enforcement.
action stirs panic in Eastern Washington”:
A targeted operation by federal officials
to arrest and deport criminal immigrants is creating widespread
disruption in Eastern Washington, where panicked, undocumented
farmworkers have stayed away from their jobs and from businesses
and have also kept their children out of summer school.
The article’s reporters seem
to believe that the only significant impact of this action is that
it has caused worry among otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants
who fear being discovered and deported.
But immigration officials maintain
agents aren’t conducting widespread sweeps or workplace raids.
Instead, they are looking for some 400,000 foreign-born criminal
fugitives nationwide, part of an operation that began in April.
Among the now-arrested criminal fugitives
are those who were wanted for domestic violence, theft and assault.
For whatever reason the reporters
didn’t get a quote from any former or potential victims who
are not panicked but relieved that fewer criminals are roaming around
in the community.
(Posted on July 14, 2004)
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