Illegal Immigration Raid In Annapolis

| May 10, 2011
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Last night  at 5:53 p.m. in the area of the 2000 block of Generals Highway, Annapolis, Md., the Annapolis Police Department, assisted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) , and the Anne Arundel County Police Department, arrested six illegal aliens with known ties to the “Brown Pride” gang during a targeted operation which resulted in the execution of a search and seizure warrant and recovery of suspected narcotics and other evidence.

The raid and arrests are the culmination of an intense investigation initiated by the Annapolis Police Department to combat an emerging gang calling itself “Brown Pride” comprised in part by illegal aliens. This group is responsible for crimes in and around the Annapolis area, including the Annapolis High School and Middle School.

Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop commented, “We significantly impacted an illegal enterprise which will surely go far in keeping Annapolis safe. This is an example of outstanding police work supported by our partnership with ICE. Our work is by no means done.”

Annapolis Police are confident that the arrests made in this case will have a serious impact on the “Brown Pride” gang’s ability to operate and maintain its organization.

The 6 illegal aliens are currently being held by ICE on administrative immigration charges, pending criminal charges from the State of Maryland.

Source: Annapolis Police Department
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  • tired of this

    Mexicans are taking our country over and this state and the democrats are allowing it. im sick of it. if they are here legally, fine. but many are not. someone needs to grow a set and step up and do something about it. even if it costs you votes and your job. do the RIGHT thing.

  • Agree yet disagree

    I would like to mention a few things about your comment that are incorrect. Firstly, not everyone who is hispanic is a Mexican. As a matter of fact statistically most hispanics in Annapolis are El Salvadorian or Guatemalan. 2nd, hispanics are not “taking over our country”. Immigrants provide inumerable services that Americans don’t or won’t do as well as contributing 88 billion annually to federal, state, and local taxes. Perhaps if our immigration system was better organized and simplified there would be less UNDOCUMENTED immigrants. Notice I didn’t say illegal. Illegal is an exceptionally derogatory term and is just as hatefull as the “N” word. Please consider these things before ranting about things you don’t know everything about.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net John Frenaye

      Good points. However, I disagree that “illegal” is derogatory. Yes the process can be convoluted, but it IS the process and people that do not follow it are indeed here illegally.

      If a store is open from 9-5 and I sneak in an open window at midnight, you can be sure that what I am doing is illegal. I am not an undocumented shopper. I did not abide by the rules set forth and hence I will have to take responsibility for my actions.

  • John

    To all illegal Immigrants – Pay all your taxes, and state the “United State Oath of Allegiance.” You will adhere to and follow the Constitution of the United States and Amendments.
    Oh, please reframe from interpretation of the US Constitution until you fully understand and speak English.

  • magyart

    If you ignore the legal pathway to citizenship, your status is that of an illegal alien. This is not a demeaning term. It’s written into every immigration law, enacted by the federal govt.

    Our immigration system isn’t broken. We accept more than a million immigrants annually, more than all other countries combined. A broken system wouldn’t be able to accomplish this. Unfortunately, billions of additional people want to come here and don’t wish to wait in line or simply over stay their visa.

    Knowledgeable law enforcement officers will admit Mexican cartels have infiltrated every city in our country. They are aggressiverly selling drugs to addicts and recruiting new customers in our high schools.

    Visit NumbersUSA and ALIPAC websites and help fight illegal immigration.

  • Agree yet disagree

    Our system IS broken. While we may let a good number of people in, what about the families that are being torn apart. he legal pathway to citizenship is confusing, expensive and for some a complete shut out to living in America. I agree that we need laws to keep criminals from invading ouf country however our current system is doing more to hurt American families than help them. Example: A mexican woman comes here undocumented and lives in the US for 3 years. She meets the man of her dreams, they get married and start a family. Now when she goes to apply for her residency through marriage she is caught and deported. She then re-enters the US to be with her citizen husband and citizen child. Due to current immigration law she now has a lifetime ban from entry into the US which cannot be waived until she spends 10 years outside of the country. What about that child? What about that family? Should we not reform immigration to keep families together? Would you feel the same if you were told that you had to be seperated from your spouse for 10 or more years. Or that if you wanted to be together you would have to move to your spouses home country where your children would never have the same benfits they could have and are entitled to in the US.

    Americans need to stop feeding into the fear, and start realizing that immigrants are not a drain to America, they contribute to making a better America.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net John Frenaye

      I think the crux of your argument is that the woman entered the country illegally/undocumented at the start. Had she abided by the rules (work visa, student visa, citizenship, etc) the fact that she married and had a child would have actually helped her in her quest to be a US citizen.

      Yes, it sucks that this family is torn apart and it seems unfair on the surface, but for every action there is a consequence and this should have been considered before she decided to come here illegally and have a child. I believe her child has dual citizenship. Could her husband and child move to Mexico?

      In your example, a few more questions…what are the requirements to get married in the US? Proof of citizenship? The whole marriage would be suspected of being a sham. They do not let you divorce immediately without a waiting period for that reason. You cannot buy insurance after the accident. Why would this marriage NOT be considered (or at least suspected of being) one of convenience?

      • Agree yet disagree

        Proof of citizenship is not required for a legal marriage in the US. All that is needed is a valid passport or some other form of recognized ID. Similaryly, if a couple decide to elope in cancun their marriage is recognized here in the US.

        While it is easy to say that she should have just stayed away in the first place the simple fact is that what is said and done cannot be changed. While I agree this would have nipped the whole situation in the bud, people don’t plan who they fall in love with. Unless of course it is an arranged marriage which is horrible for everyone else who is in a legitimate one. The problem with the immigration system now is that the punishments are extreame. 10 year, 20 year, and lifetime bans on legal entry into the US are passed out without thought of who they affect. You can’t say that trying to do the right thing eventually has no meaning…then people would just go on doing the wrong thing.

        Another example:
        A woman tries to cross the border with her juvenile son. She gives him his cousin’s US birth certificate and says that if asked he should claim to be a citizen. They are caught, and both deported. In the time in the States this young man meets a woman, marries her and decides to apply for a green card. Because of his mother’s actions, he discovers he has a lifetime ban with no chance of a waiver due to the fraudulent claim of US Citizenship. Should his family suffer for his mother’s mistakes.

        The easy response is to say, “well the mother should have thought about the harm she was going to do”. Well people who are desperate to come here DON’T think. Often they are driven by extreame circumstances. We need a system that can adapt and grow with the changes and demands that are placed on it. There are too many people invloved in a colluded process. USCIS, NVC, CBP, DOD, DOHS, the Justice Dept. They are all involved and nobody knows what the extent of their job/power is.

  • magyart

    Our immigration system may be improved but it isn’t broken. No matter what steps are taken to make it better and fair; millions of people will wait for a visa. Billions of people the world over want to came here. We don’t have room for them.
    If you are uneducated and unskilled, the wait may be forever.

    India has over one billion people. About 75% make $1 a day. China has more pople and they make less. Just these two countries could easily fill our entire immigration quota for the next 20 years.

    Too many people are chasing too few jobs.

  • Me

    Do you lock the doors to your home?

    Why?

    To keep people from entering ILLEGALLY.

    The immigration laws need to be enforced………….Now.

    The bleeding hearts will soon change their minds after they are victims of home invasions.

  • sickofpaying

    First of all, we need to declare the offspring of those illegally in this country NON-CITIZENS of the United States. In several other countries, they have more nuanced interpretations of citizenship. If the U.S. were to move toward such a law, many of these “anchor babies” would fail to materialize. I am all for immigration but legal immigration. As it stands now, we are forced to take on this flood of people and their children who need considerable public assistance just to exist. Who pays for that? Well certainly not them. I’d like to see this country attract the immigrants from any country who are here to contribute not become uneducated dependents who we must support. In addition, it seems we end up with some of the trash as well. The Brown Pride gang, prostitution rings, etc. That we DO NOT need. It’s cost benefit analysis pure and simple. Does what they actually contribute outweigh the cost of actually supporting them. Take a look at the public assistance roles and I’d bet not.