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Dole discusses immigration plan in Pender County

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If Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith apprehends a criminal who happens to be an illegal immigrant, there's not much he can do. "Right now we can only do some very fundamental checks with the names that are given to us and the date of birth," said Smith. "And the information that's given to us many times is not the correct information we have." But North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole has a plan to make the correct information available statewide. During a visit to Pender County Saturday, Dole told Sheriff Smith and local media that she wants to give local law enforcement agencies resources, training and jurisdiction to process illegal immigrants who commit crimes--and ultimately have them deported. "This is a way to zero in on people who've self identified themselves because they've committed crimes over and over," Dole said. "Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland security people have come in my office and they very much want to help our sheriffs take care of this kind of criminal activity." The Center for Immigration studies says North Carolina's overall immigrant population increased threefold between 1995 and 2005. Smith says there isn't a major problem with illegal immigrants committing crimes in Pender County. But, he added, it's always good to be prepared. "We're not overrun [with illegals committing crimes] but we're starting to see it," said Smith. "It's starting to increase. That's why this is a great time for us to be able to get involved in this." Dole says the state Sheriff's Association is currently putting together a steering committee to help move her plan forward. Two important orders of business for the committee will be determining how much the program will cost and how resources will be allocated.

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Shoddy

This news report could be interpreted by some people that illegal immigrants and higher crime are associated when every analysis indicates immigrants, including illegal immigrants, commit fewer crimes, especially violent crimes, than their US-born neighbors across all income levels. But any reporter that quotes the Center for Immigration Studies and fails to note they are a leading anti-immigration (legal and illegal) advocacy group, founded by the notorious group FAIR, is suspect. The innuendo that crime is something to fear from immigrants is plain backwards and reads like a talking point from the organized anti-immigration groups.

LOL

"This news report could be interpreted by some people that illegal immigrants and higher crime are associated when every analysis indicates immigrants, including illegal immigrants, commit fewer crimes, especially violent crimes, than their US-born neighbors across all income levels." You are either, A- an Illegal yourself or B- got that right of the moveon.org website. Do a little research before you post something. MS-13 ring a bell....

Sounds like

Sounds like you like illegal immigrants so much you you should move to Mexico where according to you it's safer.

illegals

Wheres mr. bush? This is all our goverments problem. Take the people to the border and throw them in with the gators! Bet they won't come back! Eventually they should start to fade out!

Well I guess you can tell

Well I guess you can tell that it is an election year. We haven’t heard anything from Sen. Dole in six years, and suddenly within the last month she decides to visit NC to discuss her plan for immigration plan. The only thing that she has done in those six years was rubber stamp George Bush’s failed policies.

send em packin

Make it a felony for a company to hire an illegal, fine the $5000 dollars for each illegal they hire.....this illegal immigrant problem has got to stop NOW!!!!!

The real answer

ABSOLUTELY BANKRUPT ANYONE knowingly who helps, hires, harbors or houses an illegal. I MEAN BANKRUPT THEM...that will stop this stupidity. They are STEALING from us plain and simple and why people that are hear legally are trying to defend these CRIMINALS is beyond me.