Illegals busted working at O’Hare

posted at 9:06 am on November 8, 2007 by Bryan

The story is moving fast, with over 100 arrests so far.

Nearly two dozen illegal immigrants were arrested Wednesday, accused of using fake security badges to work in critical areas of O’Hare International Airport, including the tarmac, authorities said.

The 23 illegal workers were employed by Ideal Staffing Solutions Inc., whose corporate secretary and office manager also were arrested after an eight-month investigation that involved federal, state and Chicago authorities.

The company contracted work for carriers including United Airlines, KLM and Qantas, said Elissa A. Brown, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent…

Much of the investigation centered on the airport security badges issued by the Department of Aviation, said U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald. Agents found that 110 of the 134 badges issued to Ideal Staffing workers did not match the individuals who carried them, he said.

Those busted face criminal charges and deportation. Which means most of them will be back on some job, if not that one, shortly.

So there’s the security issue with illegal immigration. There’s also the voting issue. It’s not just a scare story. Thanks to Motor Voter and thanks to mostly liberal cities and towns, illegal immigrants are voting in local elections. They have been for years.

Should non-citizens be allowed to vote? Officials in Takoma Park, Md., think so. The city, a liberal enclave near the nation’s capital, is one of a few local jurisdictions that encourage non-citizens to vote. Since Takoma Park does not ask for proof of legal residence, it is possible that illegal immigrants were casting ballots this week.

In a few other small cities in Maryland, all residents are allowed to participate in local elections, regardless of citizenship status. Chicago allows non-citizens to vote in school board elections and New York City is considering a proposal to give voting rights to legal immigrants. New York City allowed non-citizens to vote in school board elections for more than three decades, until 2003…

As in the broader illegal immigration issue, we get tiresome conflation between legal and illegal immigrants as though they’re one and the same.

About a dozen other cities, including Portland, Maine, and Madison, Wis., are considering similar proposals, said Ron Hayduk, co-founder of the Immigrant Voting Project, a non-profit group that supports voting rights for non-citizens.

Hayduk said that non-citizens are paying taxes, working, and in some cases, revitalizing entire neighborhoods and, therefore, should have a say in the future of their communities.

“These people are stake holders,” he said. “They have vested interests. They are non-citizen citizens.”

Among immigration watchers this has been an issue for years, but it’s just now piercing into mainstream concern. Better late than never.


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Chicago allows non-citizens to vote in school board elections

Bryan: Aren’t these kinds of voting measures just a response to the laws that permit the children of illegal immigrants to attend public schools?

Our laws of compassion so as not to deny children have created a 2nd class citizen, or non-citizen really. Between the public school education for the children of illegals and the birth right laws, I only see the country creating even more of these 2nd class citizens.

gabriel sutherland on November 8, 2007 at 9:18 AM

Why don’t legal voters sue municipalities that allow illegals to vote? I would think that a good legal case could be made that the municipalities allowing illegal voting is depriving the legal voters of the value of their votes. Anyway, it’s long past the time we struck back against the illegals by lawsuits.

thuja on November 8, 2007 at 9:20 AM

As long as we allow those in charge to selectively enforce laws at their discretion, we’ll have issues like this. If elected officials take an oath to defend the Constitution and enforce the laws of the US, there should be recourse for their lack of actions.
But, who do you go to when they’re all culpable?

tgillian on November 8, 2007 at 9:27 AM

Those illegals better hurry and find a Chicago church to hide in!

liberrocky on November 8, 2007 at 9:28 AM

Just did my piece on this, its unbelievable that so soon after 9/11 we have this going on. Congress, Bush? Enjoy the piss-poor popularity ratings, you’ve earned them.

Bad Candy on November 8, 2007 at 9:30 AM

In other news, inmates at NY’s Rikers Island are now allowed to be prison guards if they can show a valid library card.

Our country in donning a gigantic suicide belt.

fogw on November 8, 2007 at 9:33 AM

Bryan said: “As in the broader illegal immigration issue, we get tiresome conflation between legal and illegal immigrants as though they’re one and the same.”

And then the final sentence in the quoted story below his statement was:

“They are non-citizen citizens.”

So, we get a conflation between legal and illegal immigrants as though they are one and the same; and we also get a conflation between “non-citizens” and citizens as if they are one and the same. It’s not at all surprising that we’ve finally gotten to that point.

reine.de.tout on November 8, 2007 at 9:39 AM

liberrocky on November 8, 2007 at 9:28 AM

Took ‘em long enough to follow up on Elvira.

James on November 8, 2007 at 9:46 AM

But…but…but…WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!?!?!

All those poor parents, ripped from their little loved ones. *snif*

Pablo on November 8, 2007 at 9:51 AM

I was curious why you had a link to the Denver Post instead of a Chicago paper so I checked to see how they were covering it.
The Chicago Tribune, has the story.
The Chicago Sun Times? Not so much.
A search for O’Hare in the Sun Times doesn’t come up with any story later than October (and that’s about corruption, they probably just have a story with all the same adjectives and some of the same names on corruption in city gov’t and they just cut and paste in the latest details and stick it in the paper. Heck, they probably have it as a macro, that would save a lot of time.)

Veeshir on November 8, 2007 at 9:56 AM

I don’t think it means anything to be an American anymore – especially to the government. Why don’t they just allow Osama Bin Laden to cast a vote for who he thinks should be elected? Why would they even need to live in the district that they vote in to cast a vote?

This government is no longer by the people and of the people. This government is for whoever can do whatever they can to get elected. . . including ballot stuffing, including stealing US tax dollars to give to the district, including lying.

Our ‘leaders’ are anything but.

ThackerAgency on November 8, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Being a Chicagoan I think I may start my own Church, The First United Liberrockian Church (FULC) thus making my condo a valid sanctuary for all those illegals.*

*Well assuming those illegals can cook, clean, do yard work, perform massage therapy, take dictation, provide 24 hour child care, and groom the dog.**

**Since these are official religious duties of the FULC they in no way conflict with the 13 amendment.

liberrocky on November 8, 2007 at 10:06 AM

i’ve been told that O’Hare has the most lax customs in the country.

jp on November 8, 2007 at 10:06 AM

They are non-citizen citizens.

There’s a quote for the ages.

I guess it is a Constitution that is a non-Constitution.

right2bright on November 8, 2007 at 10:07 AM

I don’t live in Takoma Park, but I drove through a couple of times and bought something in a store there last month. So I also should be able to vote in their elections, right? Just because I have no legal right doesn’t mean that I should be prohibited from doing so. That would be, like, so not fair! Er whatever, right?

AmericanDad on November 8, 2007 at 10:17 AM

Whatever happened to the story a few weeks ago about FL toying with the idea of giving prisoners the right to vote? That would appeal to Shrillery.

OTOH – next time I book a flight that feeds through O’Hare, think I’ll just pass.

24K lady on November 8, 2007 at 10:37 AM

thuja on November 8, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Yes, these are the actions of the party that screamed ‘Disenfranchisement’ in 2000. They actually favor selective disenfranchisement. Absentee Military votes. Citizens who are of the conservative persuasion.

Conservatives are well on their way to a permanent minority status, if not outright ejection from the political process. Don’t look back. You may turn into a pillar of salt.

pistolero on November 8, 2007 at 10:43 AM

Sick. It blows my mind that so many people are utterly stupid enough to reward illegal law breaking cheaters.

I wonder how long that kind of twisted thinking would last at the IRS. You think they wouln’t give a $hit if hundreds of thousands of citizens that owe taxes simply shot them the bird and proclaimed the US as a sanctuary country for taxes?

The more of these illegals we let in here, it seems, the faster the public is becomming brain dead. Why is it so non-PC for us to maintain a higher standard for who the hell we allow in this country?

Too bad the country isn’t like a computer where you can restore to an earlier date. Many aspects of America are turning to $hit right before my eyes and there seems to be nothing I can do about it. The government is a disaster, and if you don’t believe it, check this out.

saiga on November 8, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Chicago allows non-citizens to vote in school board elections

You can bet that if they weren’t towing the NEA line their “right” would be gone in a…New York minute.

Bill C on November 8, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Agents found that 110 of the 134 badges issued to Ideal Staffing workers did not match the individuals who carried them, he said.

Wow! Two or three could be due to error or fraud on the part of a couple individuals. 110 out of 134 is a business practice geared towards illegal activity.

corporate secretary and office manager also were arrested

That’s a good start.

taznar on November 8, 2007 at 11:00 AM

I live close enough to Chicago to know that is it the worst big city in the country, bar NONE. Corruption galore, gun control AND confiscations, growing police state, CCTV on its way, child services nearly run parent’s lives, and the crime is horrific. I’ve been wanting to go to a Buster and Dave’s, because I’ve heard they’re really fun. I’m more willing to go to Missouri than Illinois to go to one, even though the Illinois one is closer. That’s how bad it is.

I’d honestly bet a hundred bucks that the next serious and successful attack will be staged and executed from there. The city officials care far more about political correctness than anything. Ask the policemen…there’s a reason turnover is growing. The illegal workers are no surprise. There’s plenty of legals up here in Wisconsin, from the migration in the 20s, but all the ones that couldn’t get actual citizenship (and they’re surprisingly strict about that in areas I’ve been in) just go an hour south and live the high life.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2007 at 11:07 AM

It is good that these sorts of things are being better known…people need to know. Lots of things can go on if people don’t know about it. Give them some 411, though, and they get pissed.

Easier to keep ‘em ignorant and happy.

Bob's Kid on November 8, 2007 at 11:24 AM

Just another example of doing work no American would do.

Racists!!!!

Hening on November 8, 2007 at 12:00 PM

Veeshir on November 8, 2007 at 9:56 AM

The Sun-Times was distracted from the story by something important.

Jaibones on November 8, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Now the Dems want illegals to vote? What, all the voting support they get from dead people not enough for them?

Hollowpoint on November 8, 2007 at 12:56 PM

Aside from security, the voting of illegals s/b a major item on the conservative agenda. I had to wait years to get into this country, legally, then 5 years to take the citizenship test, then almost another year to get sworn in, then…to vote in the next election. I expect the same from all others, and for obvious reasons, am not against immigration, and have never been a racist.

Any politician, left or right, who can’t stand for this, can’t stand for anything and doesn’t deserve our trust to lead anything, not to speak of our country and thus the world.

Entelechy on November 8, 2007 at 2:03 PM

I know they must be voting where I live. Usually they get you for jury duty by your voter registration.

I was just chosen for a jury duty and 1/2 of the people picked to go in for a trial had to be released because they couldn’t speak ENGLISH!

xler8bmw on November 8, 2007 at 2:12 PM

The illegal workers are no surprise. There’s plenty of legals up here in Wisconsin, from the migration in the 20s, but all the ones that couldn’t get actual citizenship (and they’re surprisingly strict about that in areas I’ve been in) just go an hour south and live the high life.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2007 at 11:07 AM

I have met many illegal aliens who live in Chicago, and yet, they possess State of Wisconsin Driver’s Licenses.

ColtsFan on November 8, 2007 at 2:22 PM

They are non-citizen citizens.

Is that the same as “Undocumented Americans?” I get confused sometimes…
/sarc

lan astaslem on November 8, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Now the Dems want illegals to vote? What, all the voting support they get from dead people not enough for them?

Hollowpoint on November 8, 2007 at 12:56 PM

But if they get the illegal aliens to vote for them now, then they too can vote after they are dead. More bang for the buck!

Illegal Aliens — just doing the voting Americans won’t do.

lan astaslem on November 8, 2007 at 2:31 PM

The illegal workers are no surprise. There’s plenty of legals up here in Wisconsin, from the migration in the 20s, but all the ones that couldn’t get actual citizenship (and they’re surprisingly strict about that in areas I’ve been in) just go an hour south and live the high life.
MadisonConservative on November 8, 2007 at 11:07 AM

I have met many illegal aliens who live in Chicago, and yet, they possess State of Wisconsin Driver’s Licenses.
ColtsFan on November 8, 2007 at 2:22 PM

This is what I was referring earlier to: it is easy for an illegal alien to obtain a Driver’s License from the State of Wisconsin.

At my place of employment, I see illegal aliens present Wisconsin Driver’s Licenses even though they have lived in Chicago for years.

ColtsFan on November 8, 2007 at 2:42 PM

The illegal workers are no surprise. There’s plenty of legals up here in Wisconsin, from the migration in the 20s, but all the ones that couldn’t get actual citizenship (and they’re surprisingly strict about that in areas I’ve been in) just go an hour south and live the high life.

MadisonConservative on November 8, 2007 at 11:07 AM

I have met many illegal aliens who live in Chicago, and yet, they possess State of Wisconsin Driver’s Licenses.

ColtsFan on November 8, 2007 at 2:22 PM

MC might not see many in Madison, but get a few miles out of town and they are all over.

Jefferson, Watertown, Johnson Creek, and many other cities in between.

One “farmer” down the road from where I work hires several every year to cut the tops off his onions. He owns a mansion in Whitewater.

91Veteran on November 8, 2007 at 11:28 PM

This is what I was referring earlier to: it is easy for an illegal alien to obtain a Driver’s License from the State of Wisconsin.

At my place of employment, I see illegal aliens present Wisconsin Driver’s Licenses even though they have lived in Chicago for years.

ColtsFan on November 8, 2007 at 2:42 PM

A couple years ago I was in the DMV office in Watertown to renew my license. One came in and provided a utility bill to “prove” he lived in a certain area and was able to get a license. The other one with him was sent away because he couldn’t understand enough english from the clerk to know what was needed. The first guy had already gone outside and couldn’t translate.

People have complained about taxation without representation. How about being overly represented without taxation? since the rest of us provide that?

91Veteran on November 8, 2007 at 11:35 PM

Interesting link here to Investor’s Busines Daily:

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=279417817232793

Guess who made it ok for Mohammed Atta to drive to the airport on 9/11.

Texas Nick 77 on November 9, 2007 at 6:53 AM

Republican candidates for president – want to start a fire? Try this new slogan on for size:

“Cities or municipalities that give illegals voting privileges should be denied ANY federal funding!”

We have to live with the crap-idiots these people elect. It is a Federal issue – never a local one.

warriorlawyer on November 9, 2007 at 7:20 AM