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    My letter to John Cornyn

    Please make use of these points in your own communication to Congress or pass this along.
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    Dear Senator Cornyn,

    According to your fellow Judiciary Committee member, Sen Chuck Schumer, agents on the southern and northern US borders have made such good progress in securing us from criminal intruders that we should be ripe for "Comprehensive Immigration Reform." However, does Sen. Schumer know what activity is taking place WITHIN our country? Or are you yourself aware of these criminal activities--and that over 200 US cities now have foreign based drug trafficking organizations---or DTO's. (source: usdoj.gov/ndic)

    Official press releases from both US Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement continue to show serious and entrenched criminal activity---stemming from illegal immigration---all around the United States.

    Here are a few news stories from just the last two weeks:
    8/11/2009 Cincinnati, OH 50 indicted as part of national marriage fraud scheme
    8/10/2009 New York, NY ICE breaks up sex trafficking ring in Long Island
    8/7/2009 Las Vegas, NV 29 arrested in ICE-led, multi-agency operation targeting gang members
    8/3/2009 Houston, TX ICE arrests 25 foreign-born sex offenders in Houston area
    7/31/2009 Miami, FL 53 arrested in joint gang enforcement operation in South Florida
    7/30/2009 Nogales, AZ Tractor trailer stopped carrying 97 smuggled aliens, including children

    The American public has been paying dearly to investigate these crimes, prosecute the guilty persons and then incarcerate them. Our efforts to protect the US border alone cost the DHS $27 Billion per year.

    Moreover, this recent news item shows that immigration crime is not relegated solely to poor people:

    LOS ANGELES - The former Armenian Consul in Los Angeles and a Beverly Hills immigration attorney are among five people arrested last night and this morning on federal criminal charges following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into allegations they obtained and sold to illegal aliens documents called "letters of refusal," which allowed those illegal aliens to avoid deportation.

    Issued by embassies and consulates, a letter of refusal states that a country will not issue a travel document for a particular individual, essentially blocking that person's deportation to that nation. According to the criminal charges that led to this week's arrests, the five defendants sold official letters of refusal from the Armenian consulate for as much as $35,000. Those letters prevented the removal of the Armenian nationals to Armenia. The investigation revealed that many of those who purchased the letters were Armenian nationals facing deportation after being convicted in the United States of felony offenses.

    The defendants, who are named in four separate criminal complaints, are accused of obstructing proceedings before a department or agency, namely ICE. All five were taken into custody by ICE during the last 24 hours and are expected to make their initial appearances this afternoon in U. S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. Those charged are:

    * Norair Ghalumian, 52, of Burbank, Calif., the Armenian Consul in Los Angeles from 1999 through 2003, who was arrested this morning;
    * Hakop Hovanesyan, 54, of Glendale, Calif., a former employee at the Armenian Consulate in Los Angeles and current operator of Regency Travel in Glendale, who was arrested last night;
    * Margarita Mkrtchyan, 41, of Glendale, Calif., an immigration attorney for Inman and Associates law firm in Beverly Hills, Calif., who was arrested last night;
    * Oganes Nardos, 36, of Valencia, Calif., a substance abuse counselor, who was arrested this morning; and
    * Elvis Madatyan, 47, of Glendale, Calif, who was arrested this morning.

    The charge of obstructing ICE proceedings carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

    "The charges in this case allege that deportable aliens, some with serious felony convictions, were able to remain in the United States," said U. S. Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien. "These defendants endangered the safety and security of U. S. residents."

    The investigation revealed that the five defendants, working essentially independently, obtained clients via word of mouth in the Armenian community. According to the criminal complaints, the defendants used contacts in the Armenian government to procure official refusal letters on behalf of their clients. The letters of refusal were sent to ICE officials, thus preventing the aliens' deportation.

    "The charges raised in this case are extremely serious and very troubling," said Robert Schoch, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Los Angeles. "The defendants allegedly exploited their community ties and knowledge of the immigration system to help dangerous criminals, among others, avoid deportation. Authorities are reviewing evidence in the case and seeking to identify aliens who may have fraudulently obtained letters of refusal from the defendants."



    Sen. Cornyn, with such rampant---and costly--crime can we afford to open our nation to more immigration? Our citizens need to be protected from all of these crimes. And more such crime is exactly what would happen as a result of "comprehensive immigration reform" as it is proposed by officials like Sen. Schumer. Mr. Schumer knew, even in 1986, that these kinds of reform activities would not stop the flood of illegal immigrants. So why are he, and other members of the Immigration Subcommittee, entertaining such notions now?

    Sincerely,

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    "Men of low degree are vanity, Men of high degree are a lie. " David
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    Great letter, Capt. And we should all use ALIPAC's archives of posted stories to point out the problems every state faces from illegal immigrants from everywhere in the world to our congress critters.
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