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In an 11-page report issued Tuesday, the [u.S. Department of Justice] said Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson and his deputies violated the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and legal residents by illegally targeting, stopping, detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause.

The agency also said that Johnson obstructed the federal investigation launched in 2010 by withholding requested documents and falsifying records.


According to the federal report, Johnson referred to Latinos as "taco eaters" prone to drinking, drug dealing and other crimes. He ordered special roadblocks in neighborhoods were Latinos live, during which those with brown skin were stopped while whites were waved through.

Johnson also ordered his deputies to arrest motorists who appeared Latino - even for minor traffic infractions - while letting white drivers off with warnings, according to the report.


"If you stop a Mexican, don't write a citation, arrest him," the sheriff is quoted as telling supervisors within his department, according to the report.

In public statements, the sheriff credited his crackdown with decreasing the population of Latinos.

"Their values are a lot different - their morals - than what we have here," Johnson was quoted as saying in a 2007 newspaper article cited in the federal report. "In Mexico, there's nothing wrong with having sex with a 12- or 13-year-old girl."


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In Mexicali, a haven for broken lives

The once-grand El Hotel Centenario is now the decrepit El Hotel del Migrante Deportado — the Hotel of the Deported Migrant. It hosts a procession of lost souls.

Mario Ramos stirs a pot of beans with a bent spatula as the men crowd into the kitchen, the ragged line stretching out the splintered doorway.

Years ago, Ramos, 45, grilled up pricey seafood in a tiki-themed restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Now, he's serving starchy meals on plastic plates. One of his busboys worked at the Shanghai Grill in Beverly Hills; another is a 28-year-old U.S. Marines veteran.

The diners, who remove their sweat-stained caps to accept the food with grateful nods, have been deported from the U.S. as recently as eight hours ago. They are penniless, unshaven. Some are barefoot.

Mario Ramos has served thousands like them.

Some helped build Las Vegas subdivisions. There was a sushi chef from Anaheim, a tree trimmer for the city of Oakland and a man who swept the stands at Chicago's Soldier Field. There was a pig farmer from South Dakota and a Hollywood High School graduate who helped design sets. A janitor from Philadelphia who had learned Hebrew working at a yeshiva.

Ramos keeps one eye on the food and another on the dining area with the torn tablecloths. He spots a man reaching for his plastic fork. "No eating until we pray," he says. After the last man takes his seat, heads bow.

In this quiet moment, the men think about how they got to this decrepit hotel named for their plight: El Hotel Del Migrante Deportado — the Hotel of the Deported Migrant. Traffic infractions, drug offenses and drunk driving tickets mostly; in some cases, violent crimes.

They blame America for exploiting their labor, then discarding them. But they also are haunted by their mistakes, accomplices to their own downfall.

The U.S. offered me opportunities, and I blew it.

We're here for being reckless.

I lost everything because of my stupid mistake.

My wife warned me: You shouldn't be drinking and driving.

Honestly, the American dream is over.

A 39-year-old former day laborer dedicates a prayer to his teenage son in the San Fernando Valley: "For our families who lack food because of our absence, we pray that we are reunited one day."

Ramos, too, feels the tug of family in the U.S. He lived in Rancho Santa Margarita until 2010, when he says police found cocaine in a car he was in with friends. Within weeks, he was deported and living at the hotel. Ramos plans to embark on an illegal journey back to Orange County. Until then he cooks for dozens every day.

He slides his cap back onto his bald head, the signal for the men to begin eating. Some pause to wipe away tears before digging in.

Glad to see the administration's tough policy on immigration is having the desired result.

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Link for above: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hotel-deported-20120527,0,4792205.story

His case shows how the federal government continues to detain and deport illegal immigrants with no criminal records, splitting up families in the process, despite President Barack Obama's highly touted election-year attempt to revamp the nation's deportation policy.

After deporting record numbers of immigrants each year since taking office in 2008, Obama has said he wants to stop deporting non-criminals with strong family and community ties and to make the removal of criminals and other dangerous offenders the top priority.

Of the 326,488 immigrants deported through July 22 of this fiscal year, just over half had no criminal background, according to ICE statistics. Of the 156,655 non-criminals deported this year, about 6 percent were immigration fugitives.

Crystal Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C., believes ICE is not adhering closely to Obama's revamped deportation policy.

It has been implemented "grudgingly at best," she said. "Out on the ground it just has not been happening."

ICE officials, however, say that they are following the policy and that 90 percent of immigrants deported last year fell under the agency's priorities.


Why is it Obama and the liberals always accuse their opponents of doing the very thing they are doing themselves, only in spades?

Edited by The Patriot

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