Posted by: As I See It by Arnie | August 22, 2007

Tulsa County Sheriffs gets trained by ICE.

On Tuesday morning, Sheriff Glanz and representative Tom Sullivan stood together with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Julie Myers to the start of a training program for local officers on the rules and regulations of how to handle any illegal immigrants they may encounter.  It’s the local beginning of a national program to prevent any repeats of the 2002 van incident.   What happened in 2002?  It was a middle of the night traffic stop of a van packed with 15 people, who were in the country illegally.  The feds were notified immediately, but they did not want to do anything and told a deputy not to detain them.  So now it’s 2007, five years later, and ICE shows up after numerous meetings by our Washington representative Sulllivan with Homeland security officials.  Five years later.   How many similar traffic stops have there been all across the country with the same result?   Release.  Do not hold.  ICE does not want to get involved.  Whatever.  And the average citizen shakes his/her head in amazement.  What is going on behind the scenes of ICE and the Homeland Security Department?

Now five years later, “31 Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office employees and seven law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions are starting a training program that will give local officials the ability to enforce immigration law.  Sort of.  The program involves five weeks of training for field-level officers and four weeks for jailers.”

“Sullivan said the training program should help cut out the “catch and release” approach to immigration law enforcement and serve as a deterrent for illegal immigrants who are considering making Tulsa their home.
Myers said the initiative has led to more than 22,000 arrests, a total she expects to skyrocket over the next year as more law enforcement agencies get involved.”
   The link to the story is here and here.

22,000 arrests across the country in how long of a time period?   At the rate they appear to be crossing the border, that 22,000 is a drop in the old bucket.  Let’s have three cheers of Myers.   

And then the Hispanic civil rights activists found a microphone and declared that the new training was going to spread an atmosphere of fear throughout the community.  Immigrants would be scared to travel.  Hey, it’s only the “illegal” ones that should be scared.  For the legally admitted, just show your papers.

Every little bit helps.  In the Tucson area, a motor home was stopped by officers and inside was 54 illegal immigrants.  Read that here.


The approval rating for Congress is now 18%.  Should Nancy Pelosi, as speaker of the house, and Harry Reid, as Senate majority leader be impeached?  “But that “honeymoon” period for the new Democratically controlled Congress was brief, as its job ratings dropped below 30% in March 2007 and have now fallen below where they were just before the Democrats took over.” USA Today.

What’s the approval rating for ICE and the Department of Homeland Security? 


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