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ICE confirms one more arrested in Lawrence as part of deportation operation

One arrest was made in Lawrence as part of a four-day immigration crackdown by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Federal officers arrested 20 "criminal aliens and immigration violators" in the Kansas City area during a four-day period that ended Thursday, according to a release from the agency.

The release said one of the people arrested was in Lawrence. Additional details about the person arrested in Lawrence weren’t immediately available on Friday afternoon.

According to the release, people targeted by the agency had criminal histories that included driving under the influence, child neglect, child abuse, drug offenses, fraud and larceny. Four individuals who were arrested had re-entered the United States after having previously been deported, the release said.

The agency said people arrested during this operation were from Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Romania, and Sierra Leone.

The actions come after at least two other Lawrence residents were detained by ICE agents in recent months. Lawrence resident Syed Jamal was detained by ICE officials on Jan. 24, as he was readying his kids for school. Jamal is an area educator and has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years. Jamal, who is from Bangladesh, had overstayed a work visa. Several members of Congress have taken up Jamal’s cause and have sought special legislation that would allow him to stay in the country.

Raju Ahmed, the owner of downtown’s Tobacco Bazaar, also was detained by ICE agents on Jan. 24. Ahmed, also of Bangladesh, has a criminal record in Douglas County, including a 2005 sex crime conviction.

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Brock Masters

Good job ICE. Keep it up.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Bob Smith

Head 'em up and move 'em out!

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Aaron McGrogor

USA: Give me your rich and your talented.
Everyone else piss off.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Or your good looking models, right?

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Aaron McGrogor

That too.

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Bob Smith

USA: you want to obey our laws when you come here. Everyone else can take a leap.

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Aaron McGrogor

So are we going to kick out everyone who disobeys a law?

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Bob Smith

If they've come into America illegally, you dern tooting. Why is it leftists on this site have such problems with reading compherension?

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Kendall Simmons

If an 18 month old is brought here illegally by his parents, exactly WHAT did you expect that 18 month old to do? Call the police and self-report? Toddle back across whatever border s/he came over? Good grief.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Aaron McGrogor

I said everyone.

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Steve King

Crossing the border is a misdemeanor. Like a speeding ticket. We were told only the bad Hombres would be kicked out but that's been a great big lie. The new problem is there are not enough talented or willing American to go to work and do some jobs they do. Who remembers that billion dollar crop loss in Georgia? Bob, Brock, which one of you is going to come dig ditches for me? If not you who?

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Brock Masters

We can institute an effective guest worker program that allows foreign workers to legally work here if there is a need and the workers are properly vetted.

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Ken Lassman

The 2013 Immigration Reform Bill did exactly that, Brock. It included a "Blue Card" provision for registering agricultural workers who would be allowed to work in the US in exactly this manner. The Republicans in the House of Representatives blocked this bill from being even debated so it died without being acted upon even though it was the result of a bipartisan committee.

Frankly, the 2013 bill would be a great starting place to resume the Immigration Reform bill that needs passing to fix our broken system. Here's a link to its key provisions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_...

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Clara Westphal

This is what Canada has. Workers are allowed in for harvests and then transported to their home countries after the season ends.

Now Canada is getting illegals crossing the border from the US. They are loading them up and deporting them because Canada claims it costs too much money to allow them to stay.

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Brock Masters

We agree on more things than not.

Problem is our politicians don’t want solutions - they want wins.

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Bruce Weber

In 1980 I was working in Houston I witnessed home builders that would hire a crew, work them 2 to 3 weeks or however long they could stall paying them and then call ICE , never pay them, then go hire another crew, they weren't just ripping off the immigrants but also the other Americans bidding against them

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Bob Summers

Jes wut Merica needs...nasty boys

Disgusting people that you would not want your daughter to go out with...

Too funny the Liberal mindset!

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Kendall Simmons

Nasty boys??? What are you babbling about? America breeds countless "disgusting people that you would not want your daughter to go out with..." all by its lonesome.

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Dale Miller

Steve, if you want a ditch buy a shovel and get to it.

That story about hiring a crew, work them 2 to 3 weeks, never pay them and then call ICE is just terrible. Illegal immigrants go back where they came from and the home builders fined to the point they understand it wasn't worth it.

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Bruce Weber

https://www.vox.com/2018/2/13/1646654... This is how donnie wants to fix our immigration problem.

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Bob Smith

If these offenders sneak back in, the second deportation should be via trebuchet.

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Steve King

Well Dale, I probably have more shovels than you have socks. I have 10 employees now, most have been with me 10 years or more. I would like to grow my company, I've been looking for people to come to work and the pool is skilled workers is literally zero. All my compatriots in every single industry cannot find people. Go sit in a Lawrence Home Builders Association meeting and start asking those in the room if they don't have the same challenge. Obviously you guys don't get it.

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Kendall Simmons

Sounds like you need a WORKING work visa program to be implemented in this country.

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Dale Miller

Steve, congrats having more than two shovels. Every ditch digger has his price. I've been around our education system enough to know there still are plenty of under qualified American citizen ditch diggers out there that didn't get their education. Maybe it's time we take a closer look at our entitlement programs out there and take a breath of reality. After all there should be a larger part of your work force coming from that pool. Instead many game the system and lay around waiting for their next free meal ticket. ICE is picking up illegal immigrants and that's their job. It's illegal for illegal immigrants being here. American citizens are tired of paying for the consequences illegal immigration brings them. When we find businesses contributing to the delinquency of illegal immigration our Justice system needs to speak a language they understand as well.

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Kendall Simmons

Well, the primary definition of the word "entitlement" is "the fact of having a right to something". (Like I have a RIGHT to my Social Security and Medicare because I paid my share for many decades.)

And if we can't find enough willing and able workers for some jobs, seems like we need to, oh, say, pay better? Develop a working, EFFECTIVE work visa program? Don't just blindly blame other people for things that often only exist in the blamer's imagination. You know. Don't do things like proclaiming "many game the system and lay around waiting for their next free meal ticket" with absolutely no evidence that that's a real problem. (As an aside, here's an interesting article from 6 months ago: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/edi... )

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Clara Westphal

Illegals were used to build part of Rock Chalk Park. Some one brought them in from KCK

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Bruce Weber

In the late 1990,s Midwest Drywall a Wichita contractor, The Owner was filmed with a greyhound bus load of immigrants, first stop K-mart to get them all work boots and proper job site apparel, next stop Home Depot to get them all some tools. Then to the job, same contractor that has been caught bid rigging and for labor violations, Get caught, pay a fine, the do it all over again. Sometimes crossing the only takes getting on a bus and letting the Patriotic American business owner do it for You

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Dale Miller

One thing which is clear, we're certainly not sending a strong enough message to these business owners behaving this way.

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Dale Miller

Kendall, Webster's Dictionary has deemed your definition tasks needless long ago.

If we can't find enough willing and able workers for some jobs, seems like we need to, oh, say, pay better?

That's exactly my point, pay better wages and not use illegal immigrants. Businesses are not hiring illegal immigrants out of the kindness of their heart. It's all profit motivated and many illegals and every legit business doing the same work get hurt by it.

Develop a working, EFFECTIVE work visa program?

That's fine as long as it's not used to merely drive down labor costs to hurt American workers. I wonder if that's happening?

Don't do things like proclaiming "many game the system and lay around waiting for their next free meal ticket" with absolutely no evidence that that's a real problem.

If I have to get evidence that this is a real problem you need to get out more.

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Bob Smith

In other illegal alien news: "...SAN DIEGO -- A Mexican man who was deported twice and had a history of arrests was able to assume the identity of an American citizen and receive more than $360,000 in government benefits for nearly four decades, California court records show..." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexican-...

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