Shane Falco

Source Notes #18 (Institutional)

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Title:  The Cost of Immigration Enforcement

Summary: This is a speech from Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon to the Police Foundation Conference in Washington D.C on August 21, 2008.  The mayor addresses the immigration struggles his city faces in the wake of a new president in office.

Topic: Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?

Category: Institutional

What is it? A speech from Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon to the Police Foundation Conference in Washington D.C.

Publication Information: Aug. 21, 2008
Author: Phil Gordon
Location: http://www.americasvoiceonline.org/pages/local_enforcement_of_immigration_laws_doesnt_work
Accessed: 2/23/09

Support: Phil Gordon, Phoenix Police Department, ICE, Department of Homeland Security,

Phil Gordon addresses the issues and financial costs of targeting illegal immigrants who have not committed any crimes since crossing into the U.S.  The Phoenix Police Department has spend a lot of money dealing with smuggling operations in Arizona.  He describes how there are around 10 full-time ICE agents embedded in the police department.  It cost the city of Phoenix about $2 million a year in booking costs to house illegal immigrants who were arrested for committing crimes.

Audience and Agenda:
America’s Voice describe themselves as a communications campaign working to win common-sense immigration reform.  They seek to build public support for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for 12 million illegal citizen while also restoring the rule of law.  They list their goals to reform on their website.  They seek professional border enforcement.  They want the government to crack down on employers of illegal immigrants.  They believe a controlled increase of available working visas is necessary.  They also believe in an earned citizen program that would require illegal citizens to pay fines, learn english, and work to become legal citizens.

Usefulness:
This is a useful speech posted on America’s Voice website.  The mayor of Phoenix is in a location where immigration is substantial.  The police department in Phoenix is financially strained because of immigration issues.  The mayor wants financial support in handling immigration cases.  He also describes the racial injustice involved with having “brown skin” in an area where there is a lot of immigration traffic.  The Department of Homeland Security needs to find the resources to assist high immigration traffic areas.  Simply enforcing immigration law cannot be done without comprehensive reform.

Works cited:
CBS News, wikipedia, google

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