Irving police have turned over at least 1,600 people to Immigration and Customs Enforcement since June 2006. In response, the Mexican Consul Enrique Hubbard Urrea last week warned immigrants from his country to avoid Irving. And community leader Carlos Quintanilla said he would begin organizing a boycott of Irving businesses if the city persisted.
To some protesters, the issue is that people are being deported. Unfortunately, they won't find much sympathy on that since most people are still of the opinion that illegal immigrants are criminals already (equating someone who crosses the border in search of a better life with someone who robs 7-11). However, I think we can all agree that discriminatory policing is illegal and un-American. Now what makes us think that this action against illegal aliens is in any way discriminatory against Hispanics?
From another DMN article:
Deportations in this city have skyrocketed in the last several months – from 262 in all of 2006 to 1,338 through mid-September.
"In this city, one has to be extra careful," he told Al Día . "And if possible, avoid going through there, because we suspect, and with good reason, that people are being detained simply because of their appearance."
Ok, if you can't figure out why that's suspicious, I'll lay it out straight: crime hasn't risen in Irving. So this is not the product of simply catching more criminals. The way this is enforced, immigration status will be examined only after the suspect is taken to jail. The police aren't picking anybody because they're illegal aliens. So why are they arresting more Hispanics? Has there been a sudden increase in crimes committed by Hispanics but offset by a decrease in crimes committed by whites and blacks? Somehow I doubt it.
Is the city of Irving practicing a racist policy by focusing on Hispanic residents in hopes to catch more illegal immigrants? The answer to this question is behind closed doors, but we'll keep asking.