Illegal Immigration and Crime

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Illegal Immigration Introduction The relationship between illegal immigration and crime is an extremely controversial and politically fueled issue. Both immigrations and crime are perceived as threats to public safety and illegal immigrants are easy targets for blame by society. This holds true in he City of Costa Mesa and in Orange County as a whole. Specifically, the Costa Mesa Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff Office has implemented policy to check the immigration status of individuals arrested for serious crimes. This policy has an affect, most notably, on the large Hispanic community living in Costa Mesa and the greater Orange County area. Many community social services agencies are caught in the middle of…show more content…
Traditionally enforcement of this section in California has been left in the hands of federal Immigration officers and not a function of local law enforcement officers. Representative Christopher Cox, a Newport Beach Republican and chairman of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, had a proposal to have Orange County Sheriff officers be among the nation’s first local law enforcement officers trained to enforce federal immigration laws. This plan immediately began a controversy. The city of Costa Mesa City Mayor Allan Monsoor urged the city council to authorize the city’s police officers to obtain the federal training necessary to enforce immigration. The city council approved this training in a 3-2 vote which made Costa Mesa the first city in the country to go in this direction. Ruben Navarrette, Jr., a member of the editorial board of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that while Mayor Monsoor is trying to calm fears of immigrants by saying he is only interested in police going after those people who are “criminal offenders” or people suspected of wrongdoing that goes beyond entering the country illegally. This is too includes gang activity. Mayor Monsoor reportedly states he insist that there won’t be any sweeps or raids on employers and that police will not be
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