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    El Paso Times Dallas suburb deports hundreds each month By Patrick McGee / McClatchy Newspapers Article Launched: 09/22/2007 12:00:00 AM MDT IRVING, Texas --
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      El Paso Times

      Dallas suburb deports hundreds each month

      By Patrick McGee / McClatchy Newspapers
      Article Launched: 09/22/2007 12:00:00 AM MDT

      IRVING, Texas -- More than 300 undocumented immigrants are being deported every month from the city of Irving because of its increased scrutiny of the immigration status of people arrested here, according to the city's mayor.

      The Mexican consul general has expressed concern after members of his staff found that half of all the Mexicans they interviewed in an immigration jail last Saturday were arrested in Irving, a suburb of Dallas. He said he suspects racial profiling.

      But Irving officials said that last Saturday's arrests were part of an effort to target apartment complexes with high crime rates, not undocumented immigrants. The deportations came from the jail staff's efforts to identify people who should be referred to federal immigration officials.

      Residents at the Willows Apartments, where arrests have been made, said people were grilling food, sitting outside and talking in the apartments' common area when police approached from different directions about 8 p.m. A few residents were drinking alcohol, they said.

      Jose, 31, from Mexico, said he dashed across the street. Jose Carlos, 26, from El Salvador, said he ran into his apartment and slammed the door shut, as many other people did, and refused to open it despite banging by police.

      "If we opened the door, they would have taken us away," he said.

      Patricia, 39, of Mexico said police asked for immigration papers. She said they arrested enough people to fill two police vans.

      The residents asked that their last names not be used because they are in the United States illegally.

      Mayor Herbert Gears disputed some of the residents' comments.

      "If somebody's arrested, it is because they have committed an arrestable offense," Gears said. "Our police officers do not check for papers or documentation of citizenship."

      He said jail officials, not police officers on the streets, inquire about arrested people's immigration status. They then notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement about people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

      ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said Irving has been particularly diligent.

      "They do have a very cooperative, working relationship with ICE," Rusnok said. "Irving is especially proactive in that regard."

      Mexican Consul General Enrique Hubbard Urrea said he wants to talk with Irving officials to find out what happened. Gears said he would meet with the official if asked.


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      http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_6966207

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      The Victoria Advocate - http://www.TheVictoriaAdvocate.com
      Advocates think police profiling for illegal immigrants
      September 23, 2007

      You can view the entire article at http://www.thevictoriaadvocate.com/texas_news/story/126101.html.

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      Advocates think police profiling for illegal immigrants
      http://www.KXAN.com/Global/story.asp?s=7113325

      Associated Press - September 22, 2007 1:15 AM ET

      IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Mexican Consul General of Dallas is advising immigrants to steer clear of Irving because of what he calls a high number of deportations that originated with arrests.

      Enrique Hubbard Urrea says he suspects police are going to places where Latinos live. He calls it a form of racial profiling.

      From June 2006 to Sept. 18, 2007, some 1,600 people arrested by Irving police have been handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

      That figure has increased over time as part of Irving's 24/7 Criminal Alien Program, in which the immigration status of those arrested by police is checked.

      Those who can't prove they are in the country legally are transferred to the custody of ICE.
      Advocates say some Irving residents have complained that police officers asked about their immigration status after seeing them having a barbecue in a common area of their apartment complex...

      Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.
      Copyright 2007 KXAN

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