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

  1. Nachtwächter

    Nachtwächter New Member

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    New Bedford factory got tax break from city
    Lang vows 'to go after every dime'
    By AARON NICODEMUS, Standard-Times staff writer

    [​IMG]NEW BEDFORD — Michael Bianco Inc., the South End factory raided by immigration agents Tuesday, had a special tax agreement with the city that saved the company $57,000 in property taxes over the past two years.
  2. Nachtwächter

    Nachtwächter New Member

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    Fake I.D. maker is an example of wider, dangerous problem
    By ROB MARGETTA, Standard-Times staff writer

    [​IMG]NEW BEDFORD — Last September, a woman known as Yolanda Ramos-Mendez walked into the Aries Record Shop and handed Luis Torres passport-type pictures of herself and a copy of her signature.
    [​IMG]She returned to the shop the next day and Mr. Torres, 45, produced a counterfeit alien registration or "green" card with her name, photo and signature and a fake Social Security card bearing her name. She paid $120 and walked out.

    Mr. Torres, an illegal immigrant himself,
  3. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

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    Federal Raid Leaves Mass. Town a Mess

    Thursday, March 08, 2007
    By RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writer
    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Immigrants brought prosperity to New Bedford. They manned its lucrative whaling fleet, ran its textile mills and provided the muscle for the fishing boats that leave here daily for the Atlantic.
    But this New England city, which occasionally gives a knowing wink-and-nod at its illegal immigrant population, found itself in turmoil Wednesday, one day after federal agents raided a leather factory and detained more than 300 undocumented workers.
    In the aftermath, dozens of young children were stranded at schools and with baby sitters. Anxious fathers learned how to feed infants with bottles. Friends and relatives crowded a church basement to scan a list for names of the missing.

    "If you feel you don't want us here, just deport us and let us go," said Carlos Miranda, who begged to be reunited just hours before learning his girlfriend was released. :confused: WHAT DO YOU THINK ICE IS DOING!?

    Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday that the children of the detainees _ most of whom are from Guatemala and El Salvador _ might not be receiving proper care. However, federal immigration officials insisted they coordinated with state social service agencies in advance to prepare for child care.

    "We are particularly concerned about the Guatemalan community and the risk that they may be fearful about disclosing the existence or whereabouts of their children given their history with government agencies," Patrick wrote in a letter asking U.S. Rep. William Delahunt to ensure federal authorities allow social workers access to the detainees. <--DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE?

    Immigration officials said 327 of the 500 employees of Michael Bianco Inc., mostly women, were detained Tuesday for possible deportation as illegal aliens.

    About 100 children were stuck with baby sitters, caretakers and others, said Corinn Williams, director of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts.
    Williams said her center was hearing stories about infants that were left behind. "It's been a widespread humanitarian crisis here in New Bedford," she said.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said no children were stranded and that authorities released 60 detainees for humanitarian reasons, most related to child care issues.
    Spokesman Marc Raimondi said the agency coordinated with state officials before the raid, and those still in custody were given the option of letting their children stay with a guardian or putting them in state care.
    New Bedford has occasionally displayed indifference toward illegal immigration. Local police have publicly promised not to quiz crime victims on their immigration status. Federal agents have raided employers before, but mostly on the waterfront and they rarely detain more than a handful of workers.

    "They need to work," said Jilmar Lovos, 18, who said his cousin was still detained late Wednesday. "This country has a lot of work."
    In the raid, company owner Francesco Insolia, 50, and three top managers were arrested. A fifth person was arrested on charges of helping workers obtain fake identification.

    Authorities allege Insolia oversaw sweatshop conditions so he could meet the demands of $91 million in U.S. military contracts to such products as safety vests and lightweight backpacks.

    Investigators said the workers toiled in dingy conditions and faced onerous fines, such as a $20 charge for talking while working and spending more than two minutes in the bathroom.

    "The whole story will come out, and at that point it will be a very different scenario," said Insolia's lawyer, Inga Bernstein.

    An Army spokesman did not return a call seeking comment about the status of the company's contracts.

    New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang addressed a meeting of almost 200 people gathered at a Roman Catholic parish Wednesday night to apply for legal help and learn about their family members.

    Lang said he's against allowing illegal immigrants to work in his aging mill city, one plagued by chronic unemployment. But his administration was left trying to clean up the logistical mess resulting from the raid.

    "What bothers me is the selectivity and unilateralness of taking people who went to work yesterday and moving them out of the area without any real understanding of how it affects their families," he said.
  4. justanotherparatrooper

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

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    What bothers me is the selectivity and unilateralness of taking people who went to work yesterday and moving them out of the area without any real understanding of how it affects their families," he said.
    THey are here illegally...too freakin bad!
  5. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    New Bedford Standard Times:

    More on the Michael Bianco immigration raid

    Click here to find related stories from previous editions

    Click here for an audio slideshow from Day 2

    Click here for a photo slideshow from Day 1

    Immigrants' advocates plan another press conference

    NEW BEDFORD -- The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition will hold a news conference today at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the latest information on Tuesday’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.

    9 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2007

  6. NytroCop

    NytroCop New Member

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    well, i think every child has the right to be with their parents... in this country or other countries. If the parent(s) are going to be heading back home, the child should go, too. I mean no parent wants to be without their child and no child should be without their parents. I say unite them back home. We can enforce the laws and be diplomatic at the same time. What's a few more seats taken up on those plans going to do to harm us?
  7. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    Free-em all Duval just arrived in New Bedford,
    he is going to fix everything.

    [​IMG] Mar 8, 2007 6:39 pm US/Eastern
    Patrick Wants Immigrants From Raid Kept In Mass.

    (WBZ) NEW BEDFORD The immigration raid in New Bedford is setting off a battle between the state and the federal government. At issue: the children left unsupervised when agents detained their parents.

    More than 320 people were arrested Tuesday. Since then about 150 illegal immigrants have been flown out of state.

    Governor Patrick says he tried to stop the flights because they could be carrying parents with small children still in New Bedford.

    "What I have never understood about this process is why it turned into a race to the airport," said Gov. Patrick.

    The governor says at least 30 children were left behind when thier parents were arrested. He implied the feds have been uncooperative when it came to reuniting families.

    It started Tuesday when 327 people, most of them illegal immigrants, were arrested in a New Bedford sweatshop.

    Full Story and Video:
  8. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

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    I wonder how many will call.

    Anyone watch the news? I saw another large Police agency present that escorted the buses up to Devens and somehow they weren't mentioned. In fact their role seems to have been....downplayed, overlooked, unmentioned.

    Is the Coupe trying to keep their role quiet or keep them from cooperating?

    Of the nearly 400 who were arrested all were processed for deportation. A select few dozen were released from custody and have hearing dates to be removed. The remainder were flown to locations throughout the US to be held until deported.
  9. Simon

    Simon Guest

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    AWESOME........... SCREW YOU DeVille !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

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    Patrick blasts ”heavy-handed” immigration raid
    By Casey Ross
    Boston Herald Reporter
    Thursday, March 8, 2007 - Updated: 05:59 PM EST

    Gov. Deval Patrick :bat: today blasted “heavy-handed” treatment of illegal detainees arrested in the New Bedford immigration raid, saying federal officials began flying them out of Massachusetts before authorities could determine whether children were being left behind.
    “What we have never understood about this process is why it turned into a race to the airport,” Patrick said during a press conference. “By the time we got access (to the detainees), a number of them had already been flown to Texas.”


    The disagreement between Patrick and federal officials unfolded after 327 people were detained during an immigration raid at Michael Bianco Inc., a New Bedford factory that manufactures military vests and other gear for the federal government.
    The company’s owner, Francesco Insolia, 50, and three managers are facing federal charges of conspiring to hire illegal immigrants, but Patrick said it appears the illegal immigrants rounded up at the plant seem to be receiving the harshest treatment.

    “They came in and swept up all of these workers, most of them women, and the folks who run that plant are back at work today,” Patrick said. “I think there’s something wrong with that.”

    The "folks" that run the plant are American citizens who, although defendants, posted bail and are awaiting trial.

    Despite multiple phone calls, Patrick said federal officials would not turn over a complete list of the detainees until today.

    So far, officials said, 150 of the detainees have been flown to holding facilities in Texas, where they will remain until deportation proceedings are completed, a process that can take several months. Patrick said 26 people remain at Fort Devens who are either minors, pregnant women or sole caregivers of their children.

    Patrick said those people will be kept in Massachusetts for the time being, but federal officials have declined his request to stop all flights of detainees off the base until state officials can fully determine whether their families require additional services.

    “The best we have been able to get is assurance that if people are identified who should be released, they will be flown back to Massachusetts,” Patrick said. “I, and no one on my team, is satisfied with that answer.”

    Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency that coordinated the raid, have defended their actions, saying that precautions were taken to ensure that the detainees were treated humanely.

    About 60 of the detainees were released for “humanitarian reasons,” including medical and child care issues. Most of those rounded up were from Guatemala and El Salvador.

    Patrick said that while ICE officials informed Massachusetts authorities of the raid in advance - and ensured that interpreters and other services were available - the spirit of cooperation vanished in the hours following the raid.

    “I want to be clear that the commonwealth had no role in the criminal investigation or criminal enforcement action taken by the federal government, other than our efforts to ask them to scale-back the heavy-handed nature of this approach.”

    And why not? You clearly state this was a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION and CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT. Are you proud that your administration and police DID NOT HELP ANOTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN THER APPREHENSION OF CRIMINALS??

  11. justanotherparatrooper

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

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    Duval is such an come you people elected him?
  12. Simon

    Simon Guest

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  13. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    9 PM Standard Times Updates:

    Governor visits New Bedford following raid
    By Aaron Nicodemus,
    NEW BEDFORD — Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray are expected to speak at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. James Church, 233 County St. New Bedford today, to address the issues surrounding a federal raid in a New Bedford leather goods factory this week.
    Mayor Scott W. Lang has asked the state to establish a reporting and monitoring office, staffed by federal immigration officials and local police, that would require the immigrants arrested at Michael Bianco Inc. to report on a weekly basis while they get their family’s affairs in order.
    “This will also dramatically diffuse the human suffering that is taking place as a result of 320 people reporting to work Tuesday morning in a “sweatshop” type atmosphere, sponsored by the Defense Department, and for all pratical purposes, disappearing from the community,” Mayor Lang wrote in a letter to Lt. Gov. Murray.
    Describing a “humanitarian crisis,” advocates for the 361 illegal immigrants arrested by the federal government this week said that about 140 children have been affected.
    In one worst case scenario, a seven-month old baby had to be hospitalized after contracting pneumonia because she was dehydrated, as a result of being separated from her mother, who breast fed her.
    "We’ve got latch-key kids who might be cooking for themselves. The full extent of this trauma is not yet known," said Bethany Toure of New Bedford Community Connections. About 60 women have been released by ICE, with the expectation that they will appear in court, in order to take care of their young children.
    About $27,000 has been raised by immigrants and their advocates to help the people who were arrested in Tuesday’s raid.
    The advocates also asked that people help the families affected by donating food, diapers, formula and clothes for the immigrant families affected. The items can be dropped off at Our Lady of Guadelupe at St. James Church, 233 County Street, New Bedford).
    Contact Aaron Nicodemus at [email protected]

    3 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2007

    Mill owner slated to be in Puerto Rico today
    By Rob Margetta,
    BOSTON -- The owner of Michael Bianco Inc., the leather goods and textiles producer raided by immigration officials Tuesday, is scheduled to travel to Puerto Rico for business today as part of his bail agreement.
    Francesco Insolia, 50, of 3 Country Club Circle in Pembroke, faces federal charges of conspiring to hire illegal aliens.
    According to an affidavit in the case, when an undercover Immigration and Customs Administration officer posing as a new Michael Bianco employee told Mr. Insolia she was illegal from Mexico and without identifciation papers, Mr. Insolia replied “everyone has papers,” and allowed her to take $150 in advance pay.
    Federal officials have said Mr. Insolia and three of his plant managers not only knew that many of their employees were undocumented workers, but actually sought to hire them. At Mr. Insolia’s arraignment in U.S. District Court Tuesday, he surrendered his passport and agreed to restrict his travel to the continental United States, with the provision that he could make business trips to Puerto Rico.
    Judge Leo Sorokin and prosecutor Donald Cabell agreed to the terms.
    He is required to submit an itinerary to pre-trial services one week before each trip to Puerto Rico, but Judge Sorokin agreed to waive the requirement for today’s scheduled trip, at the request of defense attorney Inga Bernstein.
    More on the Michael Bianco immigration raid
  14. robinlow

    robinlow New Member

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    Are the immigrants coming to the US to pop babies out, even when they "work under harsh conditions"???

    The employer and the people getting these illegals in should be heavily punished.
  15. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    Governor, mayor complain as immigrants are sent to prisons throughout country

    Immigrants sent to prisons throughout U.S.
    By AARON NICODEMUS, Standard-Times staff writer


    JOHN SLADEWSKI/The Standard-TimesAbove, Gov. Deval Patrick visits Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. James Church in New Bedford yesterday to speak with family members of those detained in Tuesday’s immigration raid at the Michael Bianco factory in the South End. “What you see in this room is a human tragedy,” the governor said.

    NEW BEDFORD — On the same day Gov. Deval Patrick visited the city to hear the painful stories of immigrant families torn apart by a federal raid this week, authorities transferred all of those in custody at Fort Devens to prisons in New Mexico, Texas and Massachusetts.
    Late last night, federal authorities finally released numbers and locations of those arrested in Tuesday's raid.
    Of the 361 people who were arrested at Michael Bianco Inc., more than two-thirds have been flown to out-of-state detention facilities, according to a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    Fifty-nine of those arrested, mostly women, were released back to New Bedford for "humanitarian reasons" because they were determined to be the sole support for a child or children.
    The rest of those arrested were put on buses and taken to Fort Devens in Ayer for processing. From there, 116 have been flown to a facility in Albuquerque, N.M., and 90 to a detention center in Arlington, Texas. The spokesman said they should appear before an immigration court in nine to 10 days, likely for the beginning of deportation proceedings.
    The remaining 96 people arrested are being held in facilities in Massachusetts, including 26 women and eight men who are being held at the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth, according to a spokesman for Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson. ICE would not release the whereabouts of the other 62 detainees in Massachusetts.
    Those immigrants who remain in custody in Massachusetts are likely from El Salvador, since a 1982 injunction prohibits federal authorities from removing Salvadoreans from the state they were arrested in for seven days. The vast majority of the immigrants were from Guatemala, with others from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Cape Verde, Portugal and Brazil.
    While ICE officials finally answered the question of where everyone was, the stories of how the arrests have affected the families are still unfolding. Immigration advocates told of families being torn apart and in need of everything from formula to diapers to food. They said one 7-month-old baby had to be hospitalized for pneumonia and dehydration, having been without its mother for two days. And they related at least two stories of ICE agents knocking on people's doors, seeking to arrest former workers from Michael Bianco Inc.
    Immigration advocates dispelled some of the rumors floating around the immigrant community, including one that four people were killed in the raid. "That rumor is absolutely untrue," said Ali Noorani of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, a Boston-based immigrant advocacy group.
    Gov. Patrick, who spent more than an hour with immigrant families in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at St. James in the city, said he was moved by their stories of fear, pain and humiliation.
    "What you see in this room is a human tragedy," he told a crush of reporters and television cameras. "It's where policy touches people. And it's touched them very hard here."
    Most of the interactions between Gov. Patrick and the families were shielded from the press, although a television camera and a photographer were allowed to briefly capture some of the drama from a distance. Some of the 200 or so people who were there said they witnessed Gov. Patrick listening as people told their stories through tears. One mother even handed Gov. Patrick her baby, saying that although she is still breast-feeding, the baby had suffered because the mother and child had been separated for more than two days.
    In his brief public comments, Gov. Patrick said he had been very frustrated by what he categorized as a lack of cooperation and communication from federal authorities regarding Tuesday morning's raid.
    "There is a spirit of cooperation at the local level, but only once you call and say it's time to start cooperating," Gov. Patrick said. He said ICE agents blocked state social service workers from talking to the immigrants the day of the arrest, and delayed them from visiting with detainees in Fort Devens until after 150 immigrants had already been flown out of the state.
    Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for ICE, said Gov. Patrick was incorrect regarding the cooperation between state and federal authorities.
    "Every time we resolve an issue, there seems to be another one," he said. "Let me say this: We are not aware of a single child who is in foster care, who is in health care, who is not with proper caregivers. It was a law-enforcement operation, and we used the utmost care."
    Mr. Raimondi also disputed Gov. Patrick's assertion that ICE had been uncooperative in providing access to the detainees, or information about who they are or where they were being held.
    "We coordinated with the Department of Social Services and the Department of Public Safety," he said. "Each time a request was made, it was granted. Things worked as they were supposed to."
    Mr. Raimondi said those in the community criticizing the federal government should be reminded that all of those arrested had committed a crime.
    "This was an 11-month investigation that took an intense amount of planning to pull off," he said. "These people came into the country illegally. It can't be forgotten that there are consequences for their actions."
    Mayor Scott W. Lang, who met with Gov. Patrick at City Hall to discuss the situation, said he had urged state officials to do everything in their power to keep the detainees in Massachusetts.
    "Shipping them to the Southwest is completely inhumane, unduly harsh and presents a negative image for our local, state and national government," he wrote in a letter to Lt. Gov. Tim Murray.
    He also said he would work to take an $83 million defense contract away from Michael Bianco Inc., put the contract in trust and keep the jobs in New Bedford.
    As part of Tuesday's sweep, the company's owner, Francesco Insolia, and managers Ana Figueroa, Dilia Costa and Gloria Mello were all arrested and charged with "conspiring to encourage or induce illegal aliens to reside in the United States, and conspiring to hire illegal aliens." A fifth suspect, Luis Torres, was charged with selling false Social Security cards and Alien Registration or "green" cards to two undercover ICE agents. Mr. Insolia and his managers were released on bail; Mr. Torres is still being held.
    At the factory yesterday, a small number of employees, estimated at 60 by several workers, had returned to the job. It was a larger turnout than Wednesday morning but still far less than the roughly 500 people working at the leather manufacturer before Tuesday's raid, according to employees. On Wednesday morning, workers said about 15 people showed up, but only to clean.
    This morning, employees expected they would get back to making the company's products.
    "They're actually working now," said Tiago Vieira of New Bedford.
    Mr. Vieira said he is a temporary hire to help the factory after it lost much of staff.
    Michael Bianco Inc. still holds its $83.6 million in military contracts to make backpacks and ammunition pouches for the military. But yesterday, the Defense Logistics Agency, which purchases common items used by all branches of the service, suspended the company from all future contracts.
    Meanwhile, the company's owner was granted permission to travel to Puerto Rico on business. Mr. Insolia was forced to surrender his passport and agreed to travel only in the continental United States, with provisions for business trips to Puerto Rico, one of which was planned for yesterday.

    Star-crossed lovers separated by raid
    By BECKY W. EVANS, Standard-Times staff writer


    PETER PEREIRA/The Standard-TimesNew Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang speaks at a news conference yesterday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church. In front of him are donations of food and other items for children of the illegal immigrants who were detained by Tuesday’s raid.

    NEW BEDFORD — Emilsa Lopez, 21, came to New Bedford from Guatemala three months ago.
    She found work sewing military vests at Michael Bianco Inc. in the city's South End.
    She also found a boyfriend.
    Freddy Rivas, 21, is from El Salvador. He sewed military backpacks at the textile and leather factory, where he worked with his 24-year-old sister, Lourdes.
    Emilsa and Freddy started dating soon after they met. Freddy said he liked the way Emilsa treated him. He also admired her faith.
    "She's very religious," he said. "She's very into God."
    On Tuesday, the star-crossed lovers were separated after hundreds of federal agents raided the factory and rounded up 361 illegal immigrants.
    Emilsa and Lourdes, who lacked legal documentation, were among the 275 workers who were taken away in buses to Fort Devens in Ayer.
    Freddy watched from a parking lot across the street from the factory. He was released after showing agents documents proving his political asylee status.
    Lourdes spent the night at Fort Devens and was allowed to return to New Bedford on Wednesday to care for her 3-year-old daughter. She was one of 16 women released from the former Army base for humanitarian reasons. They all face deportation pending the verdict of an immigration court judge.
    Lourdes told Freddy that she saw Emilsa at Fort Devens, but was not allowed to talk to her.
    Nobody has heard from Emilsa since. "She hasn't called," Freddy said yesterday, staring at his quiet cell phone. He spoke to a reporter through a translator.
    Freddy fears Emilsa could be among the 150 detainees who were flown to two separate Texas detention facilities Wednesday night. The detainees are expected to be rushed through immigration hearings and are likely to be deported to their home countries.
    If Emilsa is sent back to Guatemala, Freddy worries that he might never see her again.
    "I'm scared," he said. "I don't know how she's doing."
    He has heard rumors that detainees are abused in the detention facilities.
    Since returning from Fort Devens, Lourdes has spent more time crying than talking, Freddy said.
    "They treated her like she was a criminal," he said.
    During the raid, Freddy tried his best to stay with Lourdes and Emilsa. When the workers were told to form two lines — one for legals, and one for illegals — Freddy stood with the illegals.
    But when agents saw Freddy's legal papers, they told him to leave the factory.
    "I tried to make excuses to stay there," he said.
    Freddy confirmed government allegations that the factory was run like a sweatshop.
    "The whole thing was really bad," he said. "There were rats."
    Due to his legal status, Freddy was treated better than his undocumented peers.
    He and the others put up with the deplorable working conditions because they had no choice.
    "There are no jobs at other places," he said.
    When asked why Emilsa came to New Bedford from Guatemala, Freddy said she did so for the same reason as other immigrants: "We have no food on our tables and we need to feed our children."
    Guatemala is still recovering from a 36-year civil war, during which more than 200,000 people — mostly private citizens — were killed. The country continues to be plagued by poverty, gang violence and limited economic opportunities.
    Other Central American countries have similar problems.
    Freddy, his father and a second sister were granted political asylum a few years ago with help from immigration attorney Ondine Galvez-Sniffin of Catholic Social Services in Fall River.
    The family said they were persecuted by the Mara Salvatrucha gang, MS-13, in El Salvador, Ms. Galvez-Sniffin said. Lourdes, who was 21 at the time, was too old to be granted political asylee status.
    Freddy's mother is a legal permanent resident, and now the rest of her family is seeking the same status with Ms. Galvez-Sniffin's help.
    Lourdes, however, is still filing for political asylum. She faces an uphill battle, but will receive legal assistance from Catholic Social Services, Ms. Galvez-Sniffin said.
    Emilsa's fate is less certain.
    There is a 50-50 chance that Emilsa, who does not have children, was sent to Texas, Ms. Galvez-Sniffin said.
    But it is a good sign that she hasn't called.
    Immigrants who were sent to Texas were allowed to make one phone call, Ms. Galvez-Sniffin said.
    If she stays in Massachusetts, Emilsa will have better access to legal support and community assistance, she said.
    Freddy has no choice but to wait for news.
    "It's the only thing I can do," he said.
    While he waits, Freddy is volunteering at his church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church.
    Yesterday, he helped carry boxes of food donated to families affected by the raid.
    After a press conference at the church, Freddy waited patiently to speak with Ms. Galvez-Sniffin, who was surrounded by immigrants requesting help for their missing relatives.
    He rested his tall body against a support beam in the church basement, clutching his cell phone in his hand.

    Illegals taking more and more jobs

    MBI owner 'ran sweatshop' with 'deplorable conditions'

    Governor blasts feds for immigrant flights


    Information from: The Standard Times New Bedford
  16. justanotherparatrooper

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

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    Gov. Patrick said he had been very frustrated by what he categorized as a lack of cooperation and communication from federal authorities regarding Tuesday morning's raid.
    Yeah...they wouldnt do his bidding
  17. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

  18. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

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    BOSTON -- State Department of Social Service workers were scheduled to head to the airport Friday to try to deal with the controversy sparked by a federal raid on undocumented workers in New Bedford this week.
    NewsCenter 5's Gail Huff reported that 150 immigrants who were working at the Michael Bianco Inc., leather factory were sent to a detention center in Texas, but now the state is going to send social workers there looking for pregnant women, minors and some single mothers -- most from El Salvador and Guatemala -- whose children were left behind.


    Gov. Deval Patrick heard one tragic story after another from some of the families of the workers who packed into a New Bedford church Thursday night to tell him their stories.

    "There were stories of humiliation, of fear, of anxiety and uncertainty," Patrick said.
    Tuesday, 361 undocumented workers at the Michael Bianco factory were arrested by federal authorities and taken to the former Fort Devens military base and then flown to a detention center in Harlingen, Texas, on Wednesday. Some 116 others were flown to New Mexico on Thursday. The detainees remaining in Massachusetts were transferred to local jails, except for those who have been released on humanitarian grounds, and the Devens facility has now been vacated,
    Many of the workers were separated from their families. One woman was released because she is breast-feeding a 7-month-old baby, but her husband was kept in detention. Two breast-fed babies were hospitalized for dehydration after being separated from their mothers.
    Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Julie Myers said ICE agents asked each of the those arrested if they were sole caregivers to children.
    Myers noted that 60 people were released as a result of that questioning. She said ICE was being unfairly criticized for allegedly not considering the needs of children affected by the arrests.
    "Nothing could be further from the truth," she wrote in a letter to Patrick.
    The state has identified at least 35 children whose parents were arrested, said JudyAnn Bigby, secretary of Health and Human Services. She said those children were staying with relatives or friends, but she added that it's important for state social workers to interview their parents to make sure the kids are staying with responsible adults. The state said it had found 29 foster homes in case they were needed.
    There are other children who are either adolescents or had keys to their homes "and went home with no one there," Bigby said.
    "They have not self-identified themselves. We have no idea how many that is," she said.
    Patrick asked anyone with information about children in need of help to call 1-800-792-5200. He emphasized that the state has no role in turning illegal immigrants over to federal authorities.


  19. SOT

    SOT Thread Killa

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    WTF is this guy insane? So if they found illegal imagrants who might be terrorists, as long as they are fed and the kids are not upset...that's more important.

    The simple answer is to turn them over to ICE and get them the fuck out of here. Any costs should come right from the company that hired them.
    Seize all back accounts of someone hiring illegals.
  20. co2

    co2 MassCops Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids) (MERGED)

    What part of ILLEGAL does the governor not understand. It seems he cares more for the ILLEGAL imagrints than he does about the hard working americans in mass. Oh i forgot he just cut the veterans out of his cabinet. Whats next. And who ever was on that raid great job and keep it up.
  21. crazy irish

    crazy irish Guest

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids) (MERGED)

    Lets see. Our federal govt. couldn't stop Saudi Arabian born terrorist from hijacking planes on 911. They can't find Bin laden. They can't get the war in Iraq under controll. They can't give our wounded service men and women proper medical treatment. They throw 2 border guards in federal prison for shooting at Illegals who attempted to smuggle drugs into this country when they should have given them both medals. They cant even find Whitey bulger. So they decide to get tough and go after a bunch of women and children? What an embarasment this is for our country. The best thing is the Assholes who hired them are back at work the next day. These people were not taking jobs away from legal citizens. the owners of this company paid such low wages that the only ones who would even take the jobs are illegals.
    The federal govt. needs to stop these people at the borders. All this does is make us look like a buch of cowards in the worlds eye.
  22. Nachtwächter

    Nachtwächter New Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids) (MERGED)

    They are here illegally they have already displayed a lack of respect for the law. I don't agree with every law out there, but I accept them. If they feel being here illegally and forging government documents is acceptable, what other laws do they feel it is alright to break? ICE is finally doing the right thing.
  23. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids) (MERGED)

    North Carolina Deputies Forced to Release Illegals After Traffic Stop

    Police knew they were breaking the law, but were forced Wednesday to release 11 illegal immigrants pulled over during a traffic stop.
    Burke County, N.C. authorities pulled over a sport utility vehicle packed with immigrants on I-40.
    A deputy pulled the vehicle over because he couldn't read the license tag. Inside he found 11 immigrants, including a one month old baby.
    The Hispanics said they were going to New York from Arizona to look for work. The group had been traveling for 10 days, barely stopping. Deputies found bottles filled with urine in the back of the SUV. The only identification they carried were voter registration cards from Mexico. They told the deputy they are in the country illegally.
    Deputy Brandon Crotts says he alerted immigration officials, but was told to let them all go because they didn't have agents available to propery check the people's immigration status.
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Richard Rocha said deputies in the Burke County Sheriff's Office haven't been properly trained to determine anyone's immigration status. He said only ICE agents or officers who have received ICE training can make that determination.
    So the immigrants were simply released and allowed to continue on their journey.
    "I understand the constraints of the criminal justice system -- everybody can't be taken care of, but I at least made my attempts and contacted the proper agencies and let them take care of the matter from there," Crotts said.
    Mecklenburg County has a program in place to deport captured illegal immigrants. Sheriff's deputies at the jail are trained to identify illegal immigrants and start the deportation process.
    More than 1,000 illegal immigrants have already been deported through the program. Gaston County started the same program last month.
    Burke County is not using the Immigration and Customs Enforcement program. Deputies say they have enough problems finding room for inmates. They say the jail is almost always at capacity, forcing inmates to sleep on the floor.
    A county panel is trying to find ways to increase capacity. Experts say crowded jails increase the risk for violence, escape attempts and inmate deaths.

    Information From:

    Children from immigration raid being released, Patrick says
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON - Five children and two mothers who were being detained out of state after a federal immigration bust are being released and returned to Massachusetts, said Gov. Deval Patrick, who called the matter a “humanitarian crisis.”
    Nine other people who were among the 361 rounded up Tuesday in a raid at a New Bedford leather manufacturer also will be released, he said, without providing details of why.
    Four of the children were being held in Florida, and a mother and her child were being held in Pennsylvania. Patrick said they would be returned Friday, but didn’t say how.
    Another mother was located in Texas after her 7-year-old child called a hotline that state officials created to reunite families. She also was to be returned Friday, Patrick said.
    State officials for the first time received a complete list of the names, addresses and birth dates of all of the people in custody, Patrick said.
    Before Friday, at least 60 of the 361 people detained from the raid on the Michael Bianco Inc. factory were released for humanitarian reasons, most related to child care issues. They must still appear before a judge for immigration hearings.
    Marc Raimondi, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, had no immediate comment on Patrick’s announcement Friday.

    'What you see in this room is a human tragedy'

    [​IMG]Click here to listen to a clip of Gov. Deval Patrick discuss the plight of parents and children who have been separated after Tuesday's roundup of more than 300 suspected illegal immigrants at Michael Bianco Inc. in New Bedford's South End

    [​IMG]Click here to find additional coverage

    1:45 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2007
  24. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids) (MERGED)

    Sure it's controversial.............
    But ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL and we have to start turning things around somehow!
  25. justanotherparatrooper

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

    Re: ICE Raids (ongoing immigration raids) (MERGED)

    Hey, if I robbed a bank and got caught....I think it'd be a crisis too! Look at all family upheaval it would cause ESPECIALLY if I was a single dad. "POLICY ( LAWS) meets people" as Dipshit Duval says....

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