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Operation Return to Sender

Okay, this I love.

BOSTON (AP) -"Police! Policia! Police!'' yelled Daniel Monico, a deportation officer, holding his badge to a window where someone had pulled back the curtain. "Open the door!''

Moments later, agents led a dazed-looking Jose Ferreira DaSilva, 35, out in handcuffs. The Brazilian had been arrested in 2002 and deported, but had slipped back into the country. He now faces up to 20 years in prison.

In a blitz that began May 26, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested nearly 2,100 illegal immigrants across the country. Officials said the raids are aimed at child molesters, gang members and other violent criminals, as well as people like DaSilva who sneaked back into the country after a judge threw them out. The crackdown is called Operation Return to Sender.

"This sends a message,'' said Monico, standing outside the gray Victorian apartment where Da Silva had been hiding. "When we deport you, we're serious.''

An Associated Press reporter and photographer accompanied a fugitive task force as it made Operation Return to Sender raids Tuesday night and early Wednesday. The operation has caught more than 140 immigrants with convictions for sexual offenses against children; 367 known gang members, including street soldiers in the deadly Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13; and about 640 people who had already been deported once, immigration officials said. The numbers include more than 720 arrests in California alone. More than 800 people arrested already have been deported.

Keep it up, boys and girls!
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one thing that I find ironic...
While I love the fact that we're cracking down and getting rid of the illegals, the one thing that bothers me is that after sneaking into the country twice... and getting caught twice... he now faces STAYING in the country for up to 20 years.

Granted he'll be in prison... and since he's from Brazil he might be REAL popular with the guys there... OUR tax dollars will be feeding and clothing him for the next 20 years or whatever he gets sentenced to.

I think we really need to find something else to do with them. Putting him in a US jail just seems kind of counterproductive to me.
Re: one thing that I find ironic...
I guess what folks have to weigh is whether it costs more to keep catching and deporting them, or just keep them in jail.
Re: one thing that I find ironic...
Very true. And I do think we should continue to keep catching them. I'm just one of those people that finds the little ironies funny and think that there has to be something better... though the moat and the wall might help to prevent them from coming back in.

I got to thinking about fueling The Wall of Fire. How well do those AOL free trial CDs burn? Those alone have to be good for a decade of fuel. Those damn pre-approved credit card applications are good for another 20-30 years.