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Discussion in 'Illegal Immigration Issues' started by kwflatbed, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Federal officials raid South End plant; owner arrested

    By Brian Boyd, SouthCoastToday.com

    NEW BEDFORD -- The owner and three managers of a South End manufacturing plant have been arrested on federal charges of hiring illegal aliens.
    An early morning raid by federal immigration officials at the Michael Bianco Textiles plant sent some employees -- presumably undocumented workers -- scrambling into frigid waters in an attempt to escape.

    Click here to listen to today's Noon Update, highlighting the stories we'll be following online today and for print tomorrow in The Standard-Times

    Capt. Richard Spirlet, spokesman for the New Bedford Police Department, said the operation began just after the 8 a.m. starting time at a West Rodney French Boulevard plant today.
    Capt. Spirlet said more information will be made available by either the U.S. Attorney’s office or the Department of Homeland Security later today.
    Sue Brum, a witness at the scene, said she lives in the neighborhood and said the raid started shortly after starting time around 8:05 a.m.
    She said she saw a large number of employees fleeing from the back of the building, “they booked it from the back side. They climbed on the rocks and they tried to get in the water. ”
    She said about four or five employees managed to get into the water and a larger number made it to water’s edge by the rocks. A helicopter hovered overhead.
    Capt. Spirlet said he was unaware of any injuries during the event.



    Full Story: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/cgi-bin/stnow/db.cgi?db=default&uid=default&view_records=1&ID=1#1

    Listening to this go down on the scanner it sounds like everyone working there
    is illegal.
    They are hauling them away by the bus load.
    Anyone want to bet Duval gets involved in this.
     
  2. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning


    Its a LONG swim back to Brazil......


    This operation was in the works for some time and I couldn't wait for it to go down. I am waiting to see what Coupe Deval and the moonbats say over this.....it will make national headlines. I'm curious to see if Mitt blasts Coupe for his pro-illegal alien stance and says " I signed the agreement and he rescinded it and look at the problems that exist."
     
  3. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

  4. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning

    Feds nab 5 in sweatshop raid: New Bedford workers endured ‘deplorable’ conditions
    By Laurel J. Sweet
    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - Updated: 01:42 AM EST

    The “deplorable” New Bedford sweatshop shuttered by the feds yesterday squeezed illegal aliens for every second of their workday, fining them $20 for spending more than two minutes in the bathroom and firing them for talking twice while on the clock.
    “It was the type of sweatshop you’d read about from the early 1900s,” U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said after yesterday morning’s raid of Michael Bianco Inc., which was mass-producing military survival vests and backpacks.
    “There were deplorable conditions these workers had to endure and they were given no options.”

    As many as 350 of the company’s 500 workers - including single mothers and husbands and wives - are now facing deportation.


    The majority of the aliens hail from Central America, but the illegal work force also includes Brazilians, Cape Verdeans and Portuguese.


    Helena Marques, executive director of the seaport city’s Immigrants’ Assistance Center, said she knew of at least one case where children were left stranded at school by a parent who’d been rounded up and unable to contact them.


    “It was a nightmare,” Marques said of the chaotic sweep. “People were crying. People were panic-stricken. In 23 years in this field, I’ve never witnessed anything like it.”


    Sullivan said authorities felt much the same way about what they found inside MBI, which he called “an extreme set of circumstances.”


    Stitchers, who were paid no more than $7.50 an hour with few benefits, were forced to ration toilet paper, which the feds said typically ran out by 8:40 a.m. For every minute they were late for work, their wages were docked 15 minutes. All this despite the fact MBI has been the beneficiary of $92 million in U.S. government contracts since 2001.


    Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of Boston for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said inside MBI, over “two to three floors, there was row after row of sewing machines. The bathrooms were very dirty; a lot of squalor. It just wasn’t a very nice place to be.”


    Arrested at the 22-year-old leather-goods factory on West Rodney French Boulevard were MBI owner Francesco Insolia, 50, of Pembroke, payroll manager Ana Figueroa, 40, of New Bedford, plant manager Dilia Costa, 55, of New Bedford and office manager Gloria Melo, 41, of Fall River.


    Insolia’s wife declined to comment last night on his behalf.


    Also arrested was Luis Torres, 45, of New Bedford, who the feds accused of pumping out fraudulent Alien Registration and Social Security cards for $120 per set from the Aries Record Shop, where he worked.


    Only Torres remained in custody last night. All of the defendants face probable cause and detention hearings later this month.


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    An employee of Michael Bianco Inc. textiles in New Bedford cries outside the building yesterday after a raid netted 5 arrests in the sweatshop setting. (AP photo)


    This is literally just the "tip of the ICE-berg".
     
  5. Nachtwächter

    Nachtwächter New Member

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning

    http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070307/NEWS/703070636/1116

    DEVENS— They came in waves through the night. A parade of buses, with every window shuttered in white paper, pulled up slowly to the gated compound of the Devens Reserve Forces Training Area last night.

    Inside, about 400 illegal workers apprehended in a raid yesterday at a New Bedford leather company were being separated by gender, given a bed assignment and told to wait for processing that could take up to four days.

    “It’s organized chaos,” Bruce E. Chadbourne said. “We’ll be processing people 24-7 until it’s done.”

    Mr. Chadbourne, Boston-based field director of Apprehension, Detention & Removal for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said it took about a month to prepare the Devens area before the raid. His department is a section of the federal Department of Homeland Security.

    About 700 agents were called from all over the country to complete what was the fourth largest such raid conducted in the country, he said.

    Local catering, medical services, public health services, 24-hour ambulance, telephone service, movers and a fence company had to be hired and put into place from scratch before the 8 a.m. raid, in which two-thirds of Michael Bianco Inc.’s 500 employees were arrested. The company produces various products, including lightweight backpacks, to fulfill $91 million in military contracts.

    About 10 pregnant females were released shortly after the raid, Mr. Chadbourne said. They will receive a summons to appear in court.

    Get them out before they give birth to "citizens"
     
  6. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning

    Feds: Company Hired Illegals to Keep Up With Military Contracts

    Wednesday, March 07, 2007

    BOSTON — While federal agents raided a New Bedford company looking for undocumented workers in 2005, an announcement blared over the loudspeaker at nearby Michael Bianco Inc. telling worried employees they were free to leave for the day.
    About 75 people ran and hid — some in boxes and others in their cars, said Melvin H. Graham, a special agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    So said an informant who described for immigration officials what authorities called blatantly illegal hiring practices by the leather goods plant.
    On Tuesday, 300 federal agents turned their attention on Michael Bianco Inc. itself. About two-thirds of the 500 workers were detained for possible deportation, and owner Francesco Insolia and three top managers were arrested.
    The company not only hired illegal immigrants, but courted them in a quest for cheap labor to maximize profits from million-dollar military contracts, federal officials said.
    Investigators said the illegal worker paid a steep price for their jobs: dingy conditions and onerous fines, including a $20 charge for talking while working and spending more than two minutes in the bathroom.
    Late employees were docked for every minute, according to U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan. Others were forced to work double shifts on the lines of machines for stitching military backpacks and safety vests. Sullivan compared the scene to sweatshops from the early 1900s.
    "They were given no options. It's either here, or the risk of no income at all," he said. "Clearly, they were exploited because of the fact they were here illegally."
    Insolia's wife, Suzanne Thompson, said Sullivan's characterization of the company as a sweatshop was "horrifying."
    "None of that is true," she said.
    Insolia's lawyer, Inga Bernstein, said, "The whole story will come out, and at that point it will be a very different scenario."
    The sweep sparked a chaotic scene in which some workers tried to flee, only to be turned back by Tuesday's bitter cold, said Bruce Foucart, ICE Special Agent in Charge.
    Investigators said Insolia, plant manager Dilia Costa, payroll manager Ana Figueroa and office manager Gloria Melo allowed an undercover officer posing as an illegal immigrant to continue working at the plant for four days in September 2006. Figueroa also advised her how to obtain a fake Social Security card, investigators said.
    Most of the suspected illegals were women from Central America, officials said.
    The Massachusetts Immigration & Refugee Advocacy Coalition denounced the raid, and planned emergency support for affected families.
    Paul Graham of United Interfaith Action said it was "ironic" that federal officials were detaining workers who stitched equipment for soldiers.
    "We need these workers, Massachusetts needs them, and America needs them," he said. "Let's stop tearing families apart." :confused:

    Insolia, 50, Costa, 55, Figueroa, 40, and Melo, 41, each were charged with conspiring to encourage or induce illegal aliens to reside in the United States — which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison — and conspiring to hire illegal aliens, which is punishable by up to six months in prison.
    Luis Torres, 45, who worked at a record shop across the street from Michael Bianco Inc., was charged with preparing fake identification documents for its workers. He faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
    Lawyers for Figueroa, Melo and Torres declined comment after the hearing. Costa's attorney, Kevin Barron, said his client was law-abiding and "terrified" by her arrest.
    Michael Bianco Inc., founded in 1985, specialized in manufacturing high-end leather goods for retailers including Coach Inc. and Timberland Co. before landing a $9.4 million military contract in 2003 to make survival vests.
    Between 2004 and 2006, it won $82 million in military contracts to make products including lightweight backpacks. An Army spokesman did not return a call about the status of the contracts.
    The contracts led to a massive expansion of the company's work force, which grew from 85 employees in 2003 to more than 500, according to investigators.

    http://www.miracoalition.org/

    Read this and prepare yourselves. These are the "folks" who are planning massive relief. Read the ACLU pamphlets too! As a US Citizen and taxpayer, I am going to find out if they are receiving any public funds or tax dollars, and you should too.
     
  7. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning

    Information From The New Bedford Standard Times

    Leather manufacturer's workers in limbo

    By Brian Boyd, SouthCoastToday.com

    NEW BEDFORD -- Employees of leather manufacturer Michael Bianco Inc. trickled into the West Rodney French Boulevard plant this morning, unsure of where their day would take them.
    Administrative assistant Nancy Franco said the plant is open, “but nothing is being done.”
    She said she wouldn’t know what will happen today until she talks to the plant’s owner, and she hadn’t spoken with him yet.
    The company's owner, Francesco Insolia, 50, of 3 Country Club Circle, Pembroke, was arrested yesterday. Also arrested were payroll manager Ana Figueroa, 40, of 150 Thompson St., New Bedford; plant manager Dilia Costa, 55, of 43 Sherman St., New Bedford, and office manager Gloria Melo, 41, of 135 Sprague St., Fall River. They were charged with "conspiring to encourage or induce illegal aliens to reside in the United States, and conspiring to hire illegal aliens."
    A fifth defendant, Luis Torres, 45, of 500 South Second St., New Bedford, was charged in a separate criminal complaint with the knowing transfer of fraudulent identification documents.
    At the plant today, employee Grace Melo said she was worried about keeping her job.
    She said she was told by a supervisor to come to work, but said “I have no idea what will happen.”
    She described yesterday’s raid as “scary.”
    “It was a shock to all of us.”

    9:31 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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    Immigrants' advocates to hold news conference

    By Brian Boyd, SouthCoastToday.com

    NEW BEDFORD -- The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition will hold a news conference today at 2 p.m. regarding yesterday’s immigration raid at Michael Bianco Inc.
    The event will take place in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church on County Street and will include families whose relatives were detained, clergy, and community leaders, said Shuya Ohno, a spokesman for the coalition.
    “The community right now is devastated,” Mr. Ohno said. “It was horrific what happened yesterday and what families are going through.”
    People have already been giving donations of clothes and money, and people can drop off donations at Our Lady of Guadalupe, he said.
    Federal authorities launched a massive raid on a South End manufacturing plant yesterday morning, detaining between 300 and 350 illegal immigrants and charging the company’s owner and three managers with helping many of the workers obtain false documentation to live in the United States.

    Online Extra
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    Click here to watch a slide show of Peter Pereira’s photos

    Five arraigned in illegal immigration sweep in New Bedford

    Chaos reigns during immigration raid

    A tough day in immigrant New Bedford

    As military contract numbers rose, so did size, alleged corruption at company

    Events leading up to immigration raid
     
  8. Gil

    Gil Founder of MassCops Staff Member

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning

    Bout Damn Time!!!
     
  9. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning


    More to come in New Bedford this was just the tip of the iceburg.
     
  10. Nachtwächter

    Nachtwächter New Member

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning

    I think this thread needs a sticky and a new title. I think it will go well beyond this (yesterday) morning.
     
  11. Gil

    Gil Founder of MassCops Staff Member

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning

    Done
     
  12. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: Ongoing since early this morning

    Thanks Gil
     
  13. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    The event will take place in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church on County Street and will include families whose relatives were detained, clergy, and community leaders, said Shuya Ohno, a spokesman for the coalition.
    “The community right now is devastated,” Mr. Ohno said. “It was horrific what happened yesterday and what families are going through.”
    Sounds like ICE should attend this rally too:mrgreen:
     
  14. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    Sounds like ICE should attend this rally too:mrgreen:

    Don't worry they will be there with empty buses LOL
     
  15. Simon

    Simon Guest

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    FUCK THEM........... How many LEGAL citizens are laid off and on unemployemnt and could use that job right now?????????
     
  16. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    San Diego Mulls Working With Feds On Immigrant Crackdown

    Illegal immigration is once again at the center of controversy in the North County city of Escondido.
    This time, the debate centers on a plan for police and federal agents to work together to crack down on illegal immigrants who commit crimes.
    The idea will be taken up by the Escondido City Council on Wednesday.

    Critics said that plan unfairly targets illegal immigrants; supporters, however, maintain that the practice would make Escondido safer.
    Immigration has a history of dividing the city of Escondido. Councilman Sam Abed told NBC 7/39 that the plan is for everybody's good.
    "Our goal is to reduce the crime in Escondido," Abed said.
    Under the proposal, federal agents would work with local officers at checkpoints to crack down on crimes as minor as driving without insurance.
    "We cannot prosecute someone without a driver's license, without Social Security, without any papers, and we cannot let loose in our community," said Abed. "They need to be turned over to the federal government for prosecution."
    Critics of the plan claim that deporting someone for minor crimes goes too far.
    "There's going be a police department doing the work of the federal government, which they're not trained to do -- and there could be possible racial profiling at these checkpoints," said Consuelo Martinez, of the Escondido Human Rights Committee.
    Local residents are split on the issue as well.
    "A lot of police, I've heard, when they stop someone who's an illegal, if they don't have ID, they just let them go," said Escondido resident Ryan Belong. "If they're here illegally, they shouldn't be here."
    "Anytime you set out to get something, you're going to infringe on people who are abiding by the law," said Joe Magaña, another local resident.
    Abiding by the law is exactly what Abed said he is after, and that he wants to make sure everyone is included.
    "You have to follow the law if you want to live in this city, period," said Abed.
    The idea was first discussed in Escondido in January. On Wednesday, a revised proposal will be presented to the City Council by the police chief, who was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

    Information From: nbcsandiego.com
     
  17. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    finally!!!!!!!!
     
  18. MM1799

    MM1799 Subscribing Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    Hopefully the feds will drop the hammer on the owner (and his staff) and make him the example.
    The illegals wont stop coming until owners stop "hiring" them.
     
  19. sammy269

    sammy269 MassCops Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    Its about damn time. Sad thing is, watch how fast they cave in when Deval, Kerry and Kennedy get in on the illegals side of things.Thanks not counting the liberal coalitions, factions and groups that are supporting them. Interesting how there were 10 pregnant women just waiting to increase the population w/ 10 or more "feet dry" American citizens.
     
  20. DodgeRam

    DodgeRam New Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    Heres a few low quality pics- [​IMG]

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  21. DodgeRam

    DodgeRam New Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

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    Some had to be carried out by EMS^^^^
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  22. DodgeRam

    DodgeRam New Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

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  23. DodgeRam

    DodgeRam New Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

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  24. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids)

    Oh man...The morons on tv are really playing this up. The " police are tearing family's apart".

    Duval is sticking his stinky ass into it too
     
  25. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    New Bedford factory sting

    So how many of these factory workers will get get free health care and education now that Gov. Deville is stepping in?
     

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