Palm Beach, Fla. – On June 25, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained a shipment of sneakers in order to determine if they were counterfeit and in violation of trade mark rights.
The shipment arrived from China and was in transit to the Bahamas. Once detained, samples were forwarded to the Import Specialists Branch for review and further investigation. After a thorough review CBP import specialists made the determination that the goods were indeed counterfeit. The items were determined to have a MSRP value of $300,000 and on July 7, all were seized.
“The people who traffic in this type of crime not only steal from legitimate companies, but they also dupe the unknowing consumer into buying items that are substandard. In some cases a counterfeit item that does not meet the manufacturer’s specifications can even threaten the health or safety of a consumer. CBP Field Operations in Miami is committed to stopping trade in pirated and counterfeit goods,” said Director of Field Operations Harold Woodward.
Illegal immigration enforcement funds held back while Hispanic groups urge quick passage of reform pledgeApril 3, 2009
Arizona, being a border state, has it’s own problems with illegal immigration. Enter Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Some may know the Arizona Law Enforcement Official as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” as he was dubbed by the media years ago. As an elected official, he continues to receive the popular vote by residents to enforce the laws in the fourth largest Sheriff’s office in the nation.
To date, the statistics stated from the Sheriff’s office indicate:
State law arrests by Sheriff’s deputies of persons transporting or being transported illegally into Arizona is 1,285
Federal law arrests by Sheriff’s deputies who, in the course of their duties, determine the arrestee is in Arizona illegally is 1,621
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “holds” by the Sheriff’s detention officers have turned over 23,261 illegal immigrants to Immigration authorities for deportation
In Phoenix, AZ earlier this week the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone the acceptance of $1.6 million from the state to help pay for illegal immigration enforcement by the nationally infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Sheriff has been under fire for his immigration enforcement.
In an AP report “…Hispanic groups on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to follow through now on its pledge to pass immigration reform or risk an undercount of millions of people.”
The New York Times said President Obama has promised immigration enforcement that would focus less on illegal workers and more on the employers who rely on them.
During economic hard times the United States has historically tightened the enforcement of illegal immigrant deportation.
President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens during The Great Depression.
After WWII Harry Truman deported illegal immigrants in order to create jobs for returning veterans.
President Eisenhower deported Mexican nationals in 1954 through “Operation Wetback” to allow for a better opportunity for returning American WWII and Korean veterans to gain employment.
According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services Fact Sheet: Through the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009 (Public Law 110-329), Congress created the Fiscal Year 2009 Citizenship Grant Program. This competitive grant program provides approximately $1.2 million of federal funding-in the form of 12 $100,000 individual awards-to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents (LPRs).
We may be in the midst of a change in American history.