Saturday, August 16, 2008
As Kevin Johnson just reported, immigration enforcement has been over-inclusive and has resulted in severe impact on many minority communities. The Iowa Agriprocessors raid is one big example. The Associated Press reports on a recent development:
Ten women detained in an immigration raid at a northeast Iowa meatpacking plant have been allowed to return to their homelands.
A federal immigration judge in Chicago granted requests from the women in a move that was opposed by federal immigration officials.
"It's essentially a legal slap on the wrist," Tim Counts, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Thursday. "We believe if somebody has violated federal immigration laws, there should be consequences for it."
The women have been in legal limbo since the May 12 raid, the biggest such action at a single site in U.S. history. They were among 389 Agriprocessors workers accused of entering the country illegally.
Counts said the U.S. attorney's office prosecuted 305 people on criminal charges. The others, including the 10 women, were not criminally charged but faced immigration violations. Federal agents allowed a number of women to avoid initial prosecution because they were caring for children. They were ordered to wear electronic monitoring devices on their ankles. Click here for the rest of the story.