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August 1, 2018 -- Dozens of landscapers, maids and restaurant workers were hauled off to jail recently, according to

The editorialized news report seemed to lament that taxpayers picked up the $5-million tab that funded the "secretive" police force that made the arrests. 

Missing from the report is reference to the countless millions (or billions) of dollars saved by the operations. The landscapers, maids and restaurant workers were illegal aliens using fake IDs. Illegal aliens often work for cash, pay no taxes, and deprive employment to the very taxpayers which the report imagines are paying for the operations. 

While the report suggests the operation is wasteful, it actually appears to be stride in financial austerity. 

The article also seemed to shame the operation because the suspects were not members of violent gangs. (Non-violent crimes are often referred to as "white collar" crimes and are usually attributed to white people. Apparently when non-whites commit non-violent crimes, they should be given a pass.)

The article claimed the tax-payer funded secret police force is the one of a kind in the nation. Actually, undercover operations are fundamental to virtually all levels of law enforcement. 

• The far left advocates open border immigration because brown people tend to vote blue. 

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A secretive South Carolina police force jailed dozens of landscapers, maids and restaurant workers in recent years after lawmakers promised it would target violent gangs, drug kingpins and human traffickers.

Since 2012, the state has shoveled nearly $5 million into the seven-member Immigration Enforcement Unit, believed to be the only team of its kind in the nation. Its stated mission: to remove hardened criminals from South Carolina’s scattered population of undocumented immigrants.

But four years of police records obtained by The Post and Courier through a Freedom of Information Act request show the vast majority of those arrested were working-class Hispanics who used bogus paperwork and identification cards to get hired for jobs. 

In fact, roughly 100 of the 123 cases reviewed by the newspaper involved fraudulent documentation of some sort. Just nine cases had any mention of gangs, drugs or human trafficking. 

To be sure, all of the offenses are crimes. But some attorneys, lawmakers and former police officials question whether the unit is fulfilling its mission and justifying its expense by pursuing scores of cases related to document fraud. 

Former State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd says the Immigration Enforcement Unit is “a huge waste of time.” File

“Personally I think it’s a huge waste of time,” said Reggie Lloyd, a former judge, U.S. attorney and chief of the State Law Enforcement Division. “We have way more important stuff to do than looking at the guy who works in the chicken plant. It was never going to do anything to make the state safer. That’s a federal issue not a state issue.”

The state unit was created in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, as Republicans decried President Barack Obama’s immigration policies that put less focus on minor criminal offenses. State lawmakers that year allocated more than $1 million to organize and outfit the new unit.

Former Gov. Nikki Haley applauded the effort at a press conference that year, saying the team would help stamp out immigrant flesh peddlers, gangsters and drug runners. 

“We are making cases and getting some of that activity out of South Carolina,” added Haley, now Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Since then, the small force — part of the S.C. Department of Public Safety — has largely operated behind the scenes, pursuing cases from Greenville to Myrtle Beach. Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the state officers provide a vital service, regularly working alongside the agency’s Homeland Security investigators. 

Tips given to officers about more serious crimes, like human trafficking, are often turned over to federal agencies, said Eddie Johnson, the immigration unit’s commander. But the cases dealing with phony paperwork, he said, can at times uncover more serious criminal activity as well. 

“Document fraud is at the root of all of these crimes,” Johnson said, though he quickly added: “Not everybody we come across is involved in drugs. Not everyone is involved in human trafficking.” 



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