ICE Raid At Dulles

25 08 2008

According to the Washington Post 42 workers suspected of being in the country illegally were detained at the Dulles International Airport.

The agent in charge said that “There’s no indication that any of the aliens were involved in any terrorist activity at all.” Most of the detainees where Latinos and we know that they don’t fit the profile for terrorism.

 

Aren’t airports sensitive locations for terrorism, how is it that people are not screened before granted access to such important security areas. I don’t care if they tell me that they only had access to a certain construction area, once in it is easy to move from one place to another without being detected.

 

I also heard that they checked these people because the “seemed”, “looked” like their legal status may have been questionable, in other words they looked Latino.

 

It worries me when I hear stories like this, because I feel like we are not being protected and the target of Homeland Security might be a bit off.

 

You can find the WP article here

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Immigration raids in Iowa

1 06 2008

 

This is an Article from the New York Times regarding the immigration raids in Iowa

270 Illegal Immigrants Sent to Prison in Federal Push

WATERLOO, Iowa — In temporary courtrooms at a fairgrounds here, 260 illegal immigrants were sentenced this week to five months in prison for working at a meatpacking plant with false documents. Two others received lesser sentences, while another eight were convicted of a separate crime.

The prosecutions, which ended Friday, signal a sharp escalation in the Bush administration’s crackdown on illegal workers, with prosecutors bringing tough federal criminal charges against most of the immigrants arrested in a May 12 raid. Until now, unauthorized workers have generally been detained by immigration officials for civil violations and rapidly deported.

The convicted immigrants were among 389 workers detained at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in nearby Postville in a raid that federal officials called the largest criminal enforcement operation ever carried out by immigration authorities at a workplace.

“To my knowledge, the magnitude of these indictments is completely unprecedented,” said Juliet Stumpf, an immigration law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., who was formerly a senior civil rights lawyer at the Justice Department. “It’s the reliance on criminal process here as part of an immigration enforcement action that takes this out of the ordinary, a startling intensification of the criminalization of immigration law.”

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Immigration Raids in Michigan

22 03 2008

I attended a meeting this morning at a local church where people told their personal stories about their recent encounters with Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE. In the past couple of weeks there have been several raids in Washtenaw County, aided by Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township police departments. It is heartbreaking to hear their stories.

I understand the sentiment that people have against illegal or undocumented immigration, but there has been a campaign to dehumanize those people that feel the need to risk their lives coming here to work and try to make a better life for their families.

There were stories of areas targeted because of large Latino populations. There is an apartment complex where a lot of Latinos live; all of the people that I have met that lived there were college students. Well they raided there, just for their looks. I think that is called racial profiling.

I also heard the story of a 20 year old woman that was detained, after the verified that she had no criminal record she was told she could be let free on bail the following day…That did not happened. She was detained in Detroit and spent two weeks being shuffled to different detention center all over the country, living among convicted murderers and dangerous criminals. Each time she was moved she was subjected to strip-searches and other humiliating practices. I thought that law enforcement officials were trained to be able to distinguish between dangerous criminals and people that are not a risk to anybody. She was finally released two weeks later in the US Southwest. She is now awaiting deportation.

I also heard stories of abuse, interrogation techniques that border in torture, women separated from their children who are latter released and cannot find the whereabouts of their children.

There were stories about employers’ mistreatment, unpaid wages, and even banks that would open savings accounts to latter deny access to their money for lack of documents.

I know… Why do they come in the first place?

Well  I also learned about how US foreign policies and agreements have contributed to increase the impoverishment of other countries; and about the way in which these foreign workers contribute to the US economy. I want to learn more about these two issues, I don’t know enough to form an opinion.

My point here is not whether it is right or not for them to be here. My point is the subhuman treatment some of these people receive. I would like for people to put a human face to this issue and not see them as disposable labor, unwanted “Brown” people, pests invading our cities.

If your family was facing starvation, wouldn’t you do whatever you can for your parents, siblings, and children?  Some people are born with all odds against them, with little or no choices. We can’t compare a person born here to a disadvantaged family, to somebody born in some of those countries. Even most pets have a better live than some of those people, there is even a special police to protect them.

A lot of people in this country have a better regard and treatment for their pets… Does this make any sense??