Preying on Migrant Fear: Impersonating an ICE Agent

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(Picture from the Boston Herald)

Cracking down on migrants staying in the U.S. illegally is creating more lawlessness, not less.  Nothing illustrates this more than the case of Eric Mathison.

Mathison "is accused of repeatedly impersonating a police officer to kidnap and rob Latino residents in Chelsea, preying upon their constant fears of an immigration crackdown" according to the Boston Herald.

Prosecutors cited this as his worst offense:

Prosecutors say the most egregious incident occurred June 29, when Mathison detained four Latino men sitting along Chestnut Street in Chelsea. After forcing them into a nearby building, Mathison allegedly demanded that they give him money to avoid arrest.
If Mathison's unchecked and repeated exploitation of migrants isn't enough to raise eyebrows, the fact that this isn't an isolated event should:

Over a month ago I linked to a Boston Globe article which details how around 500 Cambodian migrants were caught in a pyramid scheme that defrauded them of around $27 million.  In this case one of the defendants might have even hired a hitman to kill the 12 witnesses that were testifying against him.

Vivir Latino posted on another case in Sacramento where a bounty hunter, Jeremy Christian Brickner, impersonated an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent to kidnap a mother and her 10-year-old daughter.  He plead guilty to "one count of impersonating an agent of the United States and one count of being a felon in possesion of a firearm" according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Just the other day I wrote a long entry on how Guatemalan migrants are being assasinated in a small town in New York.

The list goes on and on...

It's fitting that someone going by the name of Jack Park wrote this comment in response to the Boston Herald article.

Now the police need to go arrest the illegal immigrants who got ripped off and get them the hell out of the country.
How much do migrants have to suffer before it is enough for people like Jack Park?

I can't help but feel anti-migrant advocates are only interested in enforcing civil immigration law because it disproportionately affects the people that threaten them.  Contrary to their claims, they are supporting lawlessness and exploitation by doing so.


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