Enforcing Immigration Laws – Return to Sender

30 01 2007

Cross posted from Liberally Conservative

It appears recent “sting” operations are frightening illegal workers in America. This process should be frightening the employers who hired undocumented workers as well.

The-seven day Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweep, dubbed “Operation Return to Sender,” targeted jails across five counties in the Los Angeles area, where police took 423 of what they called “criminal aliens” into federal custody for deportation, after being held on charges unrelated to their immigration status.

Federal agents from seven teams also fanned out in local communities, where they nabbed 338 undocumented immigrants, more than 150 of whom were classed as “immigration fugitives” — foreign nationals who ignored final deportation orders.

The raid was the latest in a series of get-tough enforcement measures by ICE in the United States, but the largest action of its kind in California, where more than a third of the population is Hispanic.

Some workers were already on notice after knowingly entering the United States illegally and the employers have proved they can’t be trusted to follow employment or immigration laws. The workers claim they were “terrified” but this hasn’t forced them to obey past warnings to leave, or prevented them from returning after previous deportation.

We’re terrified. The police could come for us at any time and deport us,” she said in Spanish earlier this week as diners fingered maize tortillas stuffed with beans and pork scratchings and chatted softly.

“We hadn’t seen anything like this here before, and it came as a shock,” said Antonio Bernabe, a community worker who runs a day labor program at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

“The police didn’t just take people with deportation orders, they took anybody … guys who were just hanging out in the street and even from a Jack in the Box restaurant … and now people are afraid to go out,” he added.

Immigration reform must be taking place; it’s called law enforcement!

Source: Reuters

This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration
(CAII).

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