Thursday, April 20, 2017

10 Years After The New Bedford ICE Raid

With the Trump administration's focus on immigration enforcement, some observers have wondered whether we might see increased workplace raids.

Bianco raid

Recently, a number of news agencies have looked back on a massive immigration raid that recently saw its 10 year anniversary.  On a freezing March morning in 2007, 300 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided a textile factory in New Bedford, Massachusetts and arrested 361 undocumented workers, along with the people who hired them.  Hundreds of workers were detained in an operation the governor at the time said brought on a "humanitarian crisis."

Public Radio International (PRI) ran a series of stories on the fallout of the New Bedford raid

A massive ICE raid in this town didn't stop undocumented labor — or illegal immigration

Immigration law experts say workplace raids don’t really work

Undocumented workers demand rights in a city scarred by a massive raid


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