April 27, 2007
Impact of ICE Raids on Families
Tyche Hendricks, of the San Francisco Chronicle, writes about the effects of recent ICE raids:
"Immigration agents arrested siblings Victor and Elvira Mendoza, 21 and 17, when it turned out the fugitive they were looking for no longer lived at the Mendozas' home. Officers detained 6-year-old U.S. citizen Kebin Reyes for 12 hours when they arrested his father as an illegal immigrant.
"These and many other families across the Bay Area and the nation were turned upside down this year by Operation Return to Sender, a federal immigration crackdown begun last May. The raids focus on illegal immigrants who have ignored deportation orders, but 37 percent of the 18,149 people arrested nationwide through Feb. 23 were not wanted fugitives.
"Mental health experts say the raids are traumatizing children. Legal scholars and public officials are raising constitutional questions about the way the raids are carried out and about their impact on communities as a whole. And immigrant advocates say changes in immigration law -- including tougher provisions enacted in 1996 -- leave little room for illegal immigrants to correct their status." Click here for the rest of the story.
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If the raids are traumatizing children (and that's bull), then why are the parents bringing them in? Duh.
Go ICE! Round 'em up, and ship 'em!
Posted by: jim | Apr 30, 2007 12:21:13 PM