It seems America and China are both cracking down on illegal immigrants. ————- The Christian Science Monitor reported, “Obama’s illegal-immigrant crackdown fills prisons with Hispanics”
——————— ————- Then Bloomberg Businessweek reported, “U.S. Arrests 2,900 Illegal Immigrant Criminals in Crackdown” —————– In addition, The Wall Street Journal reported, “Feds Target Illegal HIres – Expanded Government Auidts Force About 1,000 Firms to Verify Worker’s Status” ————– ——————- And my last example from America, The New York Times reported on June 8, 2012, “more than 1.1 million people deported in the last three years.”



ATTENTION Foreigners living or travelling in Shanghai, the campaign to crackdown on illegal foreigners that started in Beijing last month has reportedly (and expectedly) found it’s way to the city. It is advisable to have at least a copy of your passport and visa with you at all times to avoid ending up on a CCTV perp walk.

Some might have hoped that the crackdown would remain an isolated incident, though no one expected Shanghai, with it’s history of foreign occupation, to avoid the wave of anti-foreign sentiment. Expatriate English language sites such as City Weekend and Smart Shanghai are carrying initial reports that police have raided the area around YongFu lu in a push to flush out illegal foreigners.

Both sites are citing the same email that reads;

50+ policemen surrounded “the apartment” and yongfu lu yesterday around 11pm to check all of the foreigners that were there. they…

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  1. merlin says:

    One thing I really was afraid of in China was that someday I’d get the feeling like Americans are not wanted.

    On the article about the Obama Administration filling the prisons with hispanics, I was curious what is the majority prison population in the US? Also, dont we the taxpayers usually pay for the jail fees of immigrants?

    On the blog about the immigration brigade marching on Shanghai, it doesnt surprise me. China is trying to be more like the US. Actually I just noted the exchange rate changed again. Hard to believe in 2008 I could get nearly 8rmb for 1 USD. Now, the rate is 6.3 (it was 6.5 before I left last year). Add to that, inflation causing prices to jack up (2010 pack of noodles = 1.6 rmb; 2011 pack of noodles = 2.4rmb). They are modernizing so much that there is a bubble building.

    I’m surprised they will let people carry a photocopy. When I was arrested, they told me it was illegal to go out of the house without the real deal in your pocket. I had a digital copy and photocopy, but they still gave me a half hour lecture while glaring at me. Not having your passport on your person at all times results in a 500rmb fine. That CAN add to whatever else they want to charge. So being an illegal immigrant can be quite costly in China because they can fine a person for being expired, not having a passport, and not properly registering their apartment with a PSB office. Not only that, but it’s usually assumed by police in China that if you have failed to follow a law there is an underlying reason why such as the offender is a drug abuser. As such, jail time follows. Depending on how much the officers believe a story, they can hold a person in jail for as long as needed to investigate any other offenses.

    • The Federal Buereau of Prisons has a total population of 217,867 and inmates by race was:

      White 59.1%
      Black 37.4%
      Native American 1.8%
      Asian 1.6%

      Only 23,749 were locked up for immigration offenses.

      Hispanic is usually listed as its own category, because Hispanic may also be white or black, and the Hispanic ethnicity was 34.7%.



      However, the total prison population of the United States in 2008, which includes state prisons, etc., was 2,418,352.
      Here’s the ethnic breakdown given June 2009:

      White = 693,800
      Black = 841,000
      Hispanic = 442,000

      White = 92,100
      Black = 64,800
      Hispanic = 32,300


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