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[22 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

The San Antonio Express News reports that protesters outside an ICE office called for the closure of the T. Don Hutto family detention center:
“Just like he promised to close Guantánamo Bay, we want him to close down Hutto with detained little children,” said Luissana Santibáñez with the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, referring to the ICE family detention center northeast of Austin.
Corrections Corporation of America owns and operates the former medium security prison as part of a contract with ICE and Williamson County, which recently renewed the agreement. Wednesday’s protest is …

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[21 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]
Senate Confirms Napolitano for DHS Post, Brewer tooks over post in AZ

The Senate confirmed Tuesday six Cabinet positions, including AZ Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano as DHS Secretary.  Napolitano will take over from Michael Chertoff, now former DHS Secretary and an author of ICE’s DRO’s strategic plan, Endgame, which called for a 100 percent removal rate of all “remove all removable aliens” by 2012.
Napolitano is a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general. In addition to interior enforcement, she also inherits a broken immigration system and will need to tackle issues including border security, E-Verify, the no-match letter rule, temporary worker visas, …

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[17 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
Arpaio raids AZ City Hall

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio made headlines again yesterday, raiding City Hall and the Main Library in Mesa, Arizona for illegal immigrants hired to clean the facilities. The raid further escalated already tense relations between Arpaio and city officials as well as Mesa Police Chief George Gascón. Only thee individuals were arrested at the library for forged identification to gain employment with the cleaning company, reported  the NYT.
Arpaio, known for his hard stance on illegal immigration, is running for reelection this year, running against Democrat Dan Saban. Click to …

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[16 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
The Gazette: ICE releases raid costs to Rep. Bruce Braley

A formal request made by a congressman is apparently the only way Immigration and Customs Enforcement would release a breakdown of expenses it incurred during the Postville immigration raid, wrote Trish Mehaffey of the The Gazette in Iowa.
The Gazette obtained records of financial expenses through Freedom of Information requests, but ICE only sent a brief one-page summary with the total and no breakdown. The article ran Wednesday with the expenses reported as $5,211,092 as of Aug. 21.

This is a sentiment shared by many journalists reporting on immigration who have …

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[9 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Tiny Postville, Iowa, is still trying to recover from what was the largest immigration raid in U.S. history. – CNN

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[8 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

ICE arrested about 300 workers Tuesday in a raid at the Columbia Farms poultry processing plant in Greenville, South Carolina. The result was part of a 10-month investigation into the plant’s employment practices. According to CNN, about 58 of those arrested were allowed to return home for humanitarian reasons, and in addition, had resulted in criminal charges being filed against 11 supervisors and a human resources manager.
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[28 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Largest workplace raid… again

Laurel, Miss. replaces Postville, Iowa, as the biggest workplace immigration raid in U.S. history, with nearly 600 people arrested. Of those, about 100 were given tracking bracelets. Nearly 475 detainees are said to have been transferred to an ICE detention facility in Jena, Louisiana. The raid occurred at Howard Industries, the largest employer in Jones County. According to an ICE spokesperson, the raid was the result of a three-year investigation upon being tipped off by a union member. Those arrested included citizens of Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, …

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[17 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

On May 12th, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the largest employer of Postville, Iowa; severely rattling the small American town. (Aug. 17)