Officials raid Humble plant for illegal immigrants

31 01 2007

Cross posted from My Country My View

So there was another raid this morning right here in my area.

I’m sure it won’t be long before we start hearing about how ILLEGAL CRIMINAL INVADERS rights have been violated.

Yeah like they have any.
I say as human beings we all have rights.
But as far as being ILLEGAL you know that you are breaking the law so you know that you also have to pay the price.
I personallly am glad for the work being done.

I feel for the families that have to go through this, but their are also American families that need these jobs.
Big companies like this is where lots of ILLEGAL CRIMINAL IVADERS are at yes.

But has anyone been inside the fast-food places recently?
Oh boy if you don’t speak Spanish forget about ordering.
Do you know how hard it is for teens to get a regular after school job?
I say we hit them all and give these jobs back to the AMERICANS and I don’t care who gets pissed!!!!

Officials raid Humble plant for illegal immigrants | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

By KEVIN MORAN
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

An immigration raid took place early this morning at the Republic Waste Services in Humble with 48 people taken into federal custody.

“We’re conducting an enforcement action,” said Luisa Deason, a spokeswoman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Two buses marked as being with the Department of Homeland Security left the plant, located at 2010 Wilson at Marine, at 9:07 a.m. after a raid that workers said began at least three hours earlier.

Will Flower, a spokesman for the Fla.-based company said the raid resulted in both staff and workers from temporary agencies being detained. “We believe we are in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.”

Flower said the company had prior problems with immigration in 2005, resulting in a change of management at the plant. In 2006, they worked to ensure every employee was properly documented, requiring them to “produce verification” that they’re eligible.

David Portillo, a worker at the company, said the raid came as a complete surprise: “Some of us were in the trucks, warming them up, waiting for helpers or what not. Then we seen the helicopters and all of a sudden the parking lot was full of immigration.”

He described the experience as “very frightening” to everyone.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “It’s very frightening because it’s something you don’t have control over.”

Joe Rozema, who’s worked at Republic for two years, described the seen as “chaotic.”

He said officials had asked everyone to gather in one area of the plant, where they were individually questioned to determine immigration status.

“I showed them my driver’s license and my social security card,” said Rozema. He said officials gave him a blue plastic bracelet to wear and gave those they determined to be here illegally a yellow bracelet.

Rozema said he thought the company’s problems with immigration issues had all been resolved.

“I was really surprised,” Rozema said. “We had a problem here last year around Christmas time (2005) and we got basically all new management.”

“The management’s doing the best that they can do and I thought everything was kind of cleaned up,” Rozema said.

At 10:35, a driver of a Republic truck leaving the plant to go to work said federal officials still were checking some workers’ legal status inside the plant.

Drivers and assistants apparently were allowed to take trucks out on their routes after they passed federal muster. Another truck rolled out of the plant every few minutes as the morning progressed.

As some of Portillo’s co-workers were taken into custody, he said they asked him to try and contact their families.

Flower said the company has yet to learn why some workers were detained. “It could be as simple as they came to work without their green card,” he said.

Flower said prospective employees can show more than two dozen documents to support their claim that they are legal workers. “If those documents reasonably appear to be genuine and related to the person presenting them, we have to accept them, ” Flower said.

He added, however, that the company has no oversight on how temporary staffing agencies, which provide workers to Republic, comply with federal regulations.
kevin.moran@chron.com

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let Brian know at what level you would like to participate.**

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