You couldn’t cook up a more bizarre government response to the illegal immigration crisis gripping the nation.
Despite the ongoing flood of illegal aliens pouring across the Mexican border into the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security has now turned its sights on Asian restaurants in the sleepy little town of State College, Pennsylvania, the home of Penn State University.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept into the State College area and raided at least eight Asian-owned businesses, arresting staff and hauling out cartons of alleged evidence.
A buffet restaurant popular with university students and a brand-new Karaoke bar were among the businesses ICE raided.
Ten individuals from China, Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia and Guatemala were detained, according to an ICE spokeswoman. The workers were bound at the wrists and marched out of the restaurants before being loaded into vans and driven away.
The detainees were “identified as being unlawfully in the United States and/or illegally re-entering the country after having been removed, a federal felony,” Nicole Navas wrote in an email to the Centre Daily Times.
“The are currently in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings or removal from the United States.”
State College police participated in the raids along with investigators from the state attorney general’s office.
Neither State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham nor the borough council would comment on the ICE raids, reports the newspaper.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller also refused to comment, instead referring reporter questions to the Department of Homeland Security.
As WND reported, the Obama administration is reportedly prohibiting Border Patrol agents from talking to journalists about the thousands of youthful illegal aliens housed in DHS detention centers across the Southwest.
In recent weeks and months, tens of thousands of children, many from Central America, have flooded across the Mexican border into the United States, apparently unaccompanied. Obama’s critics contend the multitudes of youthful illegals are being irresistibly drawn by Obama’s announcement of a form of de facto amnesty for children who are in the United States illegally.
The Department of Homeland Security appears to have lowballed its estimates of the number of unaccompanied alien children it’s publicly claiming will arrive in the U.S. during the fiscal year of 2014.
DHS claimed in its new budget proposal that current trends lead it to estimate 60,000 unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, will cross illegally this year.
A closer look at DHS’ own numbers, however, show that as of May 31, a total of 47,017 UACs has already arrived, mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
If those trends continue, the numbers could eclipse 100,000 by the end of the year.