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

  1. Nachtwächter

    Nachtwächter New Member

    Re: Immigrants worry about more ICE raids

    "Nobody wants to be illegal," said Neris, who is a U.S. citizen. "There is no way they can deport 12 million people."

    If they can't get jobs and start getting arrested I bet they start leaving on their own.
  2. justanotherparatrooper

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

    Re: Immigrants worry about more ICE raids

    sure we can deport 12 million people...American Ingenuity
  3. DET59

    DET59 New Member

    Re: Immigrants worry about more ICE raids

    they ought to be scared....
  4. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Committee Weighs In On Immigration Raid

    Group To Recommend Guidelines For Feds

    BOSTON -- A legislative committee plans to recommend guidelines for federal immigration officials to ensure that children and other needy family members of illegal immigrants are not left in the lurch after raids such as the one in New Bedford earlier this month.

    Sen. Karen Spilka, chairwoman of the committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, acknowledged that Massachusetts cannot force the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to adopt its recommendations, but said the problems surrounding the New Bedford case cannot be ignored.

    "As a state, I'm not willing to throw up my hands so easily and say we don't have a role," Spilka, D-Ashland, said after hearing Massachusetts public safety and human services officials testify they were continually frustrated by federal authorities when they tried to become involved in planning for the care of those left behind by the more than 360 arrests.
    Public Safety Secretary Kevin Burke said he was astounded that ICE did not have written regulations and protocols setting up a framework for state agencies to be involved in federal immigration actions to assist single mothers of small children or persons who care for elderly or sick relatives.

    "It's kind of odd for me, as a lawyer, to see thousands of federal regulations and know that they did not have a regulation or a rule for this, but they did not," Burke told the committee.
  5. justanotherparatrooper

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

    tough shit...shouldnt be here anyways
  6. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

  7. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    The Standard Times 3/22/2007


    Illegals deserve deportation

    Addressing the illegal immigration problem facing New Bedford: I tend to agree it is wrong to separate family, sweethearts, lovers, etc. I would suggest we gather all illegal immigrants in our area, unite them with family members located in deportation facilities, and return them to their native land.

    At present we have a population of 300 million-plus American citizens and a new American citizen being born every seven seconds as well.
    Every year almost a million individuals are entering America legally. They follow the necessary procedure for entry to the United States, obey our immigration polices, and they are welcome.
    We are responsible for our actions and decisions we make in life. If we choose to engage in illegal activities, regardless of the reasoning, we have to accept the consequences of our illegal conduct. Illegal immigrants have knowingly violated our immigration laws. They should be encouraged to leave the United States at their own discretion or face deportation.

    To describe the actions taken by immigration authorities for arresting 360 illegal immigrants as a "human tragedy" or a violation of human rights is ludicrous.
    The immigration authorities are enforcing the laws of immigration. They should receive the support and encouragement of every American citizen.

    Benjamin Troia
  8. justanotherparatrooper

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

  9. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    Yes good letter indeed
  10. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    An Immigrant Segment by Radio’s ‘Jersey Guys’ Draws Fire

    [​IMG] Laura Pedrick for The New York Times
    Ray Rossi, left, and Craig Carton Thursday in Trenton, where they held a news conference about their campaign against illegal immigrants.

    Craig Carton and Ray Rossi think mental illness is hilarious and Asian-Americans are best mocked with sing-song Chinese accents. The men, hosts of an afternoon radio show called “The Jersey Guys” that is heard here on WKXW (101.5 FM), favor adjectives for politicians that have to be bleeped out.
    Two weeks ago, Mr. Carton and Mr. Rossi started “Operation Rat a Rat/La Cucha Gotcha,” a listener-participation game that encourages people to turn in friends, neighbors and “anyone suspicious” to immigration authorities.
    They introduced the segment with mariachi music and set the campaign to end on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), a well-known Mexican holiday.
    At the risk of stating the obvious, the phrase “La Cucha Gotcha” is meant to evoke the Spanish word for cockroach.
    Here in New Jersey, where 15 percent of the population is Hispanic, reaction to the show has not exactly been positive.
    At a news conference Thursday, Hispanic elected officials and others condemned the campaign as “dehumanizing,” “poisonous” and “idiotic,” threatening boycotts of the show’s advertisers unless the Jersey Guys apologize.
    “Scapegoating and stereotyping Latinos does nothing but give bigoted individuals a platform to make ethnic slurs and racist comments,” said Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo of Newark, calling the campaign a “publicity stunt” that could incite violence against Hispanics.
    But anyone expecting an apology was sorely disappointed when Mr. Carton and Mr. Rossi held an on-air news conference a few hours after Mr. Caraballo’s comments. Seeking to profit from the recently ignited firestorm, the Jersey Guys gathered a corps of journalists, most of them Hispanic, in their Trenton studios and gleefully refused to back down. They insisted that the campaign was not anti-Hispanic and that the phrase “La Cucha Gotcha” was inoffensive, likening the song “La Cucaracha” to a lullaby or a patriotic standard like “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
    After calling Assemblyman Caraballo a “pathetic liar,” Mr. Carton repeated his call to deport every illegal immigrant in the country. “If you’re here illegally, you are breaking the law — no better, no worse than the guy who robs the liquor store or the guy who waits to case your house out and robs you of your belongings,” he said. “You are a criminal.”
    He went on to blame illegal immigrants for the state’s high property taxes, problems with uninsured drivers and violent crime. He also hinted that illegal immigrants were more likely to become terrorists. “Our country is at war right now, and it’s very important that we protect our kids, and one of the ways you can protect them is to not let undocumented immigrants into this country,” he said.
    This is not the pair’s first foray into public eye-poking. Two years ago, the Jersey Guys infuriated Gov. Richard J. Codey by making fun of his wife’s bout with depression. A few months later they made a few enemies in the state’s sizable Asian-American community by mocking Chinese people and saying that foreigners should not be allowed to dictate the outcome of an “American election.” They later apologized for their remarks about Asians, saying that they were just entertainers and that no one should take them seriously.
    This time, however, the men say their campaign against illegal immigrants is anything but showmanship. “This operation is not a game, not a contest,” Mr. Carton said. “Our goal is to make New Jersey and the United States of America safer places to live.”
    Judging from the cascade of congratulatory calls, the men have tapped into an angry vein in the state, where, according to 2005 census figures, 20 percent of all residents are foreign born, the third highest rate in the country. “This is an invasion,” said one caller, Carmen Perez, who said she had come to this country as a 3-year-old. “I would deport most of them.”
    Considering the Jersey Guys’ lack of contrition and the anger among Latino advocates, “La Cucha Gotcha” is likely to spark an even larger backlash. That may or may not be a bad thing for the station, which, like the entire broadcast radio industry, has been struggling to compete against the twin scourges of electronic music downloads and satellite radio. Eric Johnson, the station’s program director, declined to comment, saying he wanted to give the last word to the Jersey Guys.
    But Jack Plunkett, an analyst who follows broadcast radio, said the station might want to check out recent marketing data indicating that Hispanics are the fastest-growing group in the country, with spending power of $700 billion a year, a figure that is expected to triple by 2010. “These guys might not realize it,” he said, “but they could be shooting themselves in the foot.”
  11. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Coming Soon To An Area Near You


    I am sorry but after hearing they want to sing the National Anthem in Spanish - enough is enough. Nowhere did they sing it in Italian, Polish, Irish (Celtic), German or any other language because of immigration. It was written by Francis Scott Key and should be sung word for word the way it was written The news broadcasts even gave the translation -- not even close. Sorry if this offends anyone but this is MY COUNTRY - IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK UP -- please pass this along.

    I am not against immigration -- just come through like everyone else. Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head; have a job; pay your taxes, live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other immigrants have in the past -- and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    ICE has 123 immigrants lined up for deportation

    By Aaron Nicodemus
    Standard-Times staff writer
    March 27, 2007 6:00 AM

    NEW BEDFORD — Federal immigration authorities have announced plans to deport 123 of the illegal immigrants arrested in the Michael Bianco Inc. raid, as soon as a federal judge gives the OK.
    According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have asked Judge Richard G. Stearns permission to deport 57 of the illegal immigrants, and had already sought permission to deport 66 others. Judge Stearns had previously ordered that all deportations and removals of the Bianco detainees be halted until the court case can be heard. The next hearing on the case is scheduled for April 19.

    The judge's order had prevented any of the 361 immigrants arrested at Michael Bianco Inc. from being transferred to facilities outside of Massachusetts, or from being deported. Before the lawsuit was filed, ICE flew 206 detainees from Fort Devens in Ayer to facilities in El Paso and Harlingen, Texas. The lawsuit had been filed by the Guatemalan consul, Carlos E.A. Sandoval, on behalf of all those arrested in the raid.
    In its request, ICE gave two rationales for having the 123 illegal immigrants deported right away.
    Sixty-six of the detainees have final orders of removal that predate the March 6 raid on the South End factory. That means they have been apprehended by ICE, and skipped a court hearing regarding their deportation. Those 66 — 50 in Massachusetts and 16 in two Texas facilities — are considered by ICE to already have had their day in court, and were deported in absentia. ICE had already notified the court of its intent to deport these individuals.

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  12. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Stew Milne/The Associated Press Workers work on military garments at the Michael

    Bianco, Inc., factory in New Bedford yesterday. Some illegal immigrants arrested in

    the March 6 raid claim they were forced to sign documents against their will.

    Immigrants say they were pressured to waive rights

    March 29, 2007 6:00 AM

    NEW BEDFORD — Four illegal immigrants arrested in the Michael Bianco raid have alleged that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials forced or tricked them into agreeing to be deported.

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    A fifth said she witnessed ICE officials pressuring someone else.
    According to affidavits filed in U.S. District Court, the illegal immigrants tell different stories about when and where ICE officials worked to have them sign documents agreeing to waive their rights and be flown back to their home country. In one case, a woman being held in El Paso alleged that she was among a group of women who were yelled and screamed at by ICE officials to sign a form agreeing to be removed to her home country. Another man said an ICE official told him he was signing a form to get an attorney, but he discovered later that he had signed a form agreeing to be sent home without a hearing before a judge.
    Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for ICE, said that ICE conducted itself during and after the Michael Bianco raid "within the highest standards of conduct." He said because the litigation is still pending, he could not respond to the specific allegations made in the court documents.
    He said in general terms that detainees who are eligible are offered voluntary removal as an option.
    "It's the detainee who chooses voluntary removal," he said. "It is not something that ICE forces on them."
    The documents with the allegations were filed to request U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to prevent ICE from deporting or removing any of the illegal immigrants arrested in the March 6 raid on Michael Bianco Inc. In that raid, 361 people were arrested for being in the country illegally. The company's owner and three managers also were arrested, along with a record store owner charged with forging documents.

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  13. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    Immigration raids yield dozens of arrests in Baltimore

    Immigration raids yield dozens of arrests in Baltimore
    [SIZE=-1]Zee News - 3 hours ago[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]Baltimore, March 30: US immigration agents arrested 69 people in raids on a temporary employment agency's offices and workplaces where it hired out undocumented workers, including the port of Baltimore, authorities said.[/SIZE]
  14. justanotherparatrooper

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

    Re: Immigration raids yield dozens of arrests in Baltimore

    Yea baby!!! Hey comeback up here and hit Haverhill,Andover and Lawerence damn it:mrgreen:
  15. 94c

    94c Subscribing Member

    Re: Immigration raids yield dozens of arrests in Baltimore

    wait your turn.:-D
  16. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    'The situation is difficult, and complicated'

    By Aaron Nicodemus
    Standard-Times staff writer
    March 31, 2007 6:00 AM
    NEW BEDFORD — Less than a month after the March 6 immigration raid on Michael Bianco Inc., the deportations have begun.
    The first to go was a pregnant woman from El Salvador.
    Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed yesterday that Sonia Elizabeth Jovel-Alvarado, one of the 361 men and women arrested in the March 6 raid on the South End factory, was deported to El Salvador on Wednesday. She had been held at the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth since March 8.
    Ms. Jovel-Alvarado, who is six weeks pregnant, was among a handful of detainees that the Massachusetts Department of Social Services had been lobbying ICE to release for humanitarian reasons. Her husband and the father of her child is still in the city.
    Although ICE would not release any information about her case, it is likely she was the first to be deported because she is one of the 66 detainees from the Bianco raid who had outstanding orders of deportation, according to a source familiar with her case. She had been arrested at the Texas-Mexico border three years ago, but failed to show up for a February 2004 hearing in San Antonio. As is common in cases where the defendant does not appear, she was convicted in absentia and ordered deported. ICE has reported that 89 percent of those caught at the border do not appear for their scheduled hearing.
    Once she was caught, ICE deported Ms. Jovel-Alvarado without holding a new deportation hearing, since the Texas court had already ruled on her case.

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    N.J.police to practice street-level ICE enforcement

    The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey)

    MORRISTOWN, N.J. - When Morristown announced it was signing up for a federal program that deputizes local law enforcement officers as federal immigration agents, they pointed to the success of 10 agencies already enrolled.
    But Morristown's proposal differs dramatically from the way the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's program has been used in other places around the country.
    By empowering local police to bust illegal immigrants, the plan described by the mayor and other officials would take the controversial federal program into uncharted territory.
    As proposed by Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello, 10 patrol officers would be trained on how to investigate and begin the deportation process against illegal immigrants.
    Not only people arrested for serious crimes but also those caught jaywalking or living in an overcrowded house could be subject to immigration checks by police, according to recent statements by town officials.
    None of the 10 agencies enrolled in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement program employs that type of street-level immigration enforcement by cops on the beat. Eight of the 10 agencies are sheriff's departments that deputize jail guards to perform immigration checks on people sitting in jails or state prisons.
    The other two agencies - state police in Florida and Alabama - have deputized state troopers who target a narrow range of more-serious offenses than beat cops in Morristown or other cities do.
    In addition, Cresitello's vow to investigate employers of illegal workers would broaden the program's scope well beyond the role described by Homeland Security officials who administer it.
    "This program is aimed at criminal activity," said Michael Gilhooly, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the DHS agency that runs the program referred to as 287(g). "It's really fugitive apprehension, gang enforcement, drug enforcement and use by sheriffs in jails."
    The differences between the goals of the program and Morristown's proposal pose questions about whom police officers would target for immigration checks.
    Cresitello said those details will be worked out once the town formally applies and begins negotiations with ICE.
    "There are plenty of Morristown police officers who would like to have the power, and they more than likely will have the power," he said.
    FILLING GAPSFor decades, only federal immigration officers had the authority to charge and detain people for illegal presence in the United States, a violation of civil, not criminal, codes.
    The system, however, created large gaps in enforcement that allowed noncitizens convicted of crimes to elude deportation after finishing their jail terms.
    When police in New Jersey and other states encountered unauthorized immigrants, federal agents often ordered them released, citing a lack of manpower and jail space.
    In 2002, the Bush administration launched 287(g) to solve some of the problems.
    The program trains local officers to use federal databases and gather other evidence to prove a person is in the country illegally. If an ICE supervisor approves the charges, the officer can order the suspect to appear in federal immigration court.
    Besides the 10 agencies actively enrolled in the program, sheriff's departments in Davidson County, Tenn., and Maricopa, County, Ariz., are in the final week of training.
    Fifty other agencies have applied or sent letters of intent to ICE.
    More than 10,000 people have been deported as a result of checks done by ICE-trained troopers and sheriffs officers, Gilhooly said.
    "Obviously, it's been very effective," said Julia Rush, director of communications for North Carolina's Mecklenberg County Sheriff's Department, which has put 1,527 people in deportation proceedings since the program began May 1, 2006.
    Even in that county, where the program has made Sheriff James Pendergraph a hero among anti-illegal immigration groups, officials say the job is better left to jailers than to cops.
    Police worry that local immigrants will become too fearful to report crimes or serve as witnesses, allowing more criminals to go uncaught, said Jane Hill, communications director for the police department in Charlotte, the largest city in Mecklenberg County.
    "It makes it much more difficult for the police department to be engaged in the front end with people who otherwise aren't doing anything wrong," Hill said.

    In Morristown, local police enforce a far wider range of laws and local ordinances than state police or sheriff's officers. Cresitello said he wants to focus on criminals, but he hasn't ruled out using immigration checks for such minor offenses as jaywalking.
    "The way I understand it, if they're stopped in conjunction with a violation, then you would have the authority to look beyond that, to look into the federal aspect of the violation," Cresitello said. "A police officer has the discretion to decide when to enforce any law. This is not different."
    Having beat cops do immigration checks presents other challenges.
    To avoid racial profiling, Alabama State Police are now required to ask all drivers stopped for traffic violations if they are a U.S. citizen. Morristown Councilman John Cryan, who voted to endorse the town's 287(g) application, suspects Morristown police will be forced to do the same.
    "I agree with the mayor's stance," he said. "As far as actually making it work in town, that's a whole other issue."

    Some immigration experts say the program will be a heavy lift for local police because it can be difficult to prove someone is in the United States illegally.
    For some legal residents, the only proof of their status may be a photocopy of a judge's order. For others, such as Hondurans granted temporary protected status after Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the only proof may be a line added to the federal regulations extending their legal residency.
    "Immigration law is complicated - but not complicated like physics. It's complicated in an irrational way," said Michael Wishnie, a professor at the Yale University School of Law who has studied 287(g). "It's pretty much a rule-free environment."
    Cresitello dismissed those concerns, saying, "There's always a way for someone to prove who they are."
    He predicted police also would be able to use the program's powers to check whether contractors are hiring illegal immigrants. That, he said, would help solve the town's problems by forcing illegal immigrants to leave Morristown altogether.
    "People aren't going to live in a town where they can't work," he said.

    Information From: Newark Morning Ledger
  17. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    359 Arrested in California Immigration Sting

    U.S. authorities arrested 359 suspected illegal immigrants during a two-week operation that ended Tuesday.
    Most arrested in the San Diego area were Mexican but the suspects included people from 15 countries, including Cambodia, Cuba, Israel, Laos and Thailand. They were either returned to their countries or held in jail to wait for an appearance before an immigration judge.
    The arrests were part of Operation Return to Sender, which has resulted in more than 18,000 arrests nationwide since it was launched last year. The campaign targets illegal immigrants with criminal records and those who have ignored deportation orders.
    "Our message is if you are ordered deported, you should obey the immigration court's order," said Robin Baker, Immigration and Customs Enforcement field director for detention and removal in San Diego. "Otherwise, ICE is going to track you down and send you home."
    Fifty of those arrested had criminal records, including past convictions for child sex offenses, robbery, and drug violations, according to immigration officials.
    Nearly all the arrests occurred at homes, authorities said. Only 62 people were targets in the operation - the rest were nearby when agents appeared, known as "collateral arrests."
    Critics said the operation created a climate of fear.
    "They're trying to sell it as something where they target (criminals) but it's become part of a larger dragnet," said Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee's San Diego office. "It's not effective, and it's not a good way to do enforcement."
    The arrests come amid signs of heightened immigration enforcement away from U.S. borders. A raid at a leather factory in New Bedford, Mass., last month resulted in the arrest of 361 workers suspected of being illegal immigrants. Nearly 70 people were arrested last week during an immigration raid at a temporary employment agency in Maryland.

    Information From: AP Wire Service
  18. justanotherparatrooper

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

  19. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

    I'd say you're missinformed Pedro........sounds like its very effective.
  20. pahapoika

    pahapoika Subscribing Member

  21. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    Immigration officials arrest 62 at pork plant

    Immigration officials arrest 62 at pork plant

    Federal immigration agents arrested 62 sanitation workers during a Wednesday morning raid at Cargill Inc.'s pork plant in Beardstown, Illinois, some on identity theft charges and others for being illegal immigrants, immigration officials said.
  22. HousingCop

    HousingCop Czar of Cyncism and Satire

    Re: Immigration officials arrest 62 at pork plant

    I'd dare say that none of these illegals prays 7 times daily.
  23. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    Re: Immigration officials arrest 62 at pork plant

    I would say you are right about that
  24. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Fugitive Crackdown Nets Thousands of Illegal Immigrants

    Government defends tactics

    More than one-third of 18,000 people arrested in a nearly yearlong federal crackdown on illegal immigrants were not the people authorities targeted, according to government figures.
    The so-called "collateral arrests" involved people picked up by immigration agents while seeking fugitives such as drug smugglers, thieves, drunken drivers and others who flouted deportation orders.
    When tracking down fugitives, authorities visit a suspect's last known address and often find other immigrants, who are then asked to prove they are legally entitled to live in the United States.
    Supporters of such tactics say the government is just doing its job after years of neglect.
    "God bless 'em,'" said Peter Nunez, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego who teaches immigration policy at the University of San Diego. "They apparently decided to start with these fugitives. If you're going to find one (illegal immigrant), you're going to find 100."
    Critics say the campaign against fugitive illegal immigrants ensnares many hard-working people who are in the country illegally but do not pose a danger.
    "They're trying to sell it as something where they target (criminals) but it's become part of a larger dragnet," said Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee's office in San Diego.
    Dubbed "Operation Return to Sender," the crackdown began last May in cities across the nation. As of Feb. 23, it has resulted in 18,149 arrests of suspected illegal immigrants, most of whom were captured at home and in Hispanic neighborhoods.
    But, according to figures from Immigration and Custom Enforcement, 37 percent of those cases, or 6,696 arrests, were "collateral" captives - people who just happened to be present when agents arrived. Such arrests account for more than half the total in four cities: Dallas and El Paso, Texas (59 percent); New York (54 percent); and San Diego (57 percent).
    On Tuesday, ICE completed a two-week sting that targeted 300 fugitives in San Diego. Agents found 62 fugitives but took 297 other people into custody, bringing the total arrests to 359. The illegal immigrants were returned to their home countries or jailed while awaiting a court hearing.
    The government defends the collateral arrests.
    "We can't look the other way," said Robin Baker, ICE's director of detention and removals in San Diego. "We did that for too long."
    The agency's guidelines are to make arrests in houses, not in the streets, Baker said, adding that agents do not randomly search communities for illegal immigrants.
    For some, the stings evoke memories of immigration raids that fell out of favor in the 1980s. Since then, immigration authorities have stayed close to U.S. borders but are increasingly venturing into homes and workplaces across the country.
    "It didn't happen for a good 15 years," Baker said. "Now that it's opening up again, people don't like it. They got used to us not being there."

    Information From: AP Wire Services
  25. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Todays Standard Times:

    Federal officials in immigrant raid decline to appear before legislative committee

    Federal immigration and homeland security officials have declined to appear before a legislative committee to answer questions about the raid on Michael Bianco Inc. in New Bedford.

    Probable cause hearing for factory owner postponed - 4/7/2007
    Judge delays deportations of some Bianco workers - 4/7/2007
    Brazilian immigration conference set at UMD - 4/7/2007

    2 suspected smugglers arrested in Ariz.

    PHOENIX - Authorities found at least 80 suspected illegal immigrants in a house west of Phoenix and arrested two suspected smugglers, a police official said.
    Authorities shot tear gas into the house Friday, forcing one of the suspected smugglers out. They found the other suspect hiding in the attic, Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said.
    He said authorities became aware of the drop house after a Michigan resident called U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying one of their relatives had called because the smugglers were demanding more money.
    ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice did not confirm how the agency became aware of the drop house and declined to release further information.
    None of the immigrants requested medical treatment, although some had said they hadn't eaten for at least a day, Tellef said.
    "We're very fortunate that nobody got hurt," he said. "We're lucky that we're not running into 100-degree temperatures yet."
    The one-story home is located in a middle-class neighborhood, he said.
    The immigrants were in the custody of ICE.
    Tellef said the drop house is the second the department has found this week. On Monday, he said 30 suspected illegal immigrants and four suspected smugglers were found in a Peoria home.
    On Thursday in Phoenix, police found 60 suspected illegal immigrants packed in a home after responding to a call about shots being fired. No one was hurt, and the immigrants were turned over to ICE.
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