"The perception is that we're just going out and grabbing everybody we can who may be illegal," said John C. Johnson, assistant special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Memphis. "But that's not what this was. This was specifically targeted toward gang members."Well, it's unclear where this 'perception' came from since this is a new story--maybe in the illegal community--but it's very clear these guys don't want to be associated in any way with Arizona.
The bigger takeaway is that illegal immigration is obviously promulgating gang activity and crime in America at large, not just in Arizona or the other border states. Yet we have the President of the United States and his Department of State publicly berating elected officials for trying to do something about it.