2006 Immigrant Detention and Deportation
News Across the Country
Tacoma, WA: Corporate-Runs Immigration Jail Capacity Grows+More
Back on Sept. 30 the Seattle Times
that capacity of the Northwest Detention Center, the immigration
jail built on a Tacoma Tideflats Superfund site, was expected to
grow to 1,000 by January 2007 >> Read
ICE makes largest repatriation flight to Africa in two years (ICE
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) officers returned from their largest deportation flight to
Africa in two years after repatriating 99 Nigerian and Liberian
nationals. This was a joint charter removal flight conducted with
the government of Canada.... >> Read
12/12: More Than 1,200
Arrested in Six-State Immigration Raid
to Locate/Help Immigrants Who Are Arrested/Detained
Immigration officials have set up
a toll-free telephone number, 866-341-3858, for families
to contact for information on where their relatives are being detained.
Operators speaking English and Spanish are available.
According to Democracy Now! radio
show and other reports, at least 1,280 workers have been arrested
in a series of immigration raids targeting meatpacking plants owned
by the company Swift at Tuesday, December 12th (see the map). The
raids took place in Colorado,
Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Iowa and Minnesota (1,
It marks the
largest sweep of its kind ever against a single company.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael
Chertoff justified the raids saying many of the detained men and
women were using false or stolen identities.
Map of Swift Plants Nationwide
Day to remember-Swift ICE raid (Movie)
Many immigrant activists had critized
the raid. David Bacon, the labor journalists says Tuesdays
(12/12) immigration raids on meatpacking plants werent
about curbing identity theft, they were about union-busting.
Many also raise skeptical
about the DHS/ICE's motivation of the raid. Many had pointed
out that only small numbers of the workers who arrested were charged
identity theft crimes.
The United Food
and Commercial Workers International Union has filed an emergency
lawsuit in an effort to release the workers who they say were illegally
detained and are being held without access to legal counsel. In
Iowa, immigration lawyers have accused the federal government of
holding the arrested workers at the military site Camp Dodge near
Furthermore, many immigrants had been
brutally terrified by the racist immigrant raids. On Marshalltown,
IA, Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained; at Hyrum,
UT, immigrant raid puts families in limbo; Immigrant rights
groups accuse ICE
raids had violated immigrant's civil rights.
More Reports on the raids
Swift raids: State's gestapo-style revenge for the immigrants rights
By Fred Bergen
"Operation Wagon Train," the biggest ever government kidnapping
of immigrant workers, hit at the end of a historic year in the history
of the struggle for immigrants' rights
ICE's Swift Plant Raids Netted Only Poor Folks Caught Up in the
`War on Illegal Immigration'
By Bill Conroy - The Narcosphere
Immigration Sweeps Raise Questions About Identity Theft
Shreema Mehta - The NewStandard
Critics say the illegal use of Social Security numbers by undocumented
immigrants like those rounded up in a massive raid this week
is a predictable result of a broken system
By David Bacon
Tuesdays (12/14) immigration raids on meatpacking plants werent
about curbing identity theft, they were about union-busting.
Raids draw skepticism from both sides in immigation debate
By Jennifer Talhelm - The Associated Press
Observers on both sides of the immigration debate were somewhat
skeptical, calling Chertoff's crackdown on identity theft a new
refrain in an old song.
Marshalltown, IA: Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained
By LISA ROSSI, Des Moines Register
A priest's and nuns mission to find the mother of a nursing
baby was thwarted today after they said officials from Camp Dodge
would not let them inside to tell their story.
Hyrum, UT: Federal raid puts families in limbo
By Jennifer Sanchez, Dawn House and Kristen Moulton - The Salt Lake
If only for a few minutes, Maria felt like an ''illegal alien''
in her homeland - the United States of America.
Immigration raid roils Worthington, MI
By EMILY GURNON, MARICELLA MIRANDA and TAD VEZNER, Pioneer Press
THE TARGET: Swift & Co. plant, 1 of 6 company facilities raided
in U.S. DETAINED: Hundreds of suspected undocumented immigrants
believed held BEHIND THE RAIDS: Authorities allege widespread ID
U.S. ICE RAIDS VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS
By Latinos Unidos
CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON WORKPLACE RAIDS. COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION
REFORM NEEDED NOW!
Information for Immigrant Raids in Minnesota
Raids in 6 states may be largest ever
By JENNIFER TALHELM - Associated Press
More than 1,200 people were arrested in meatpacking plants in six
states during raids that federal officials said amounted to the
largest-ever workplace crackdown on undocumented immigration.
UFCW Seeks To Enjoin ICE Meatpacking Raids
Swift tried to block raid
by: Christine Tatum - Denver Post
For nearly two weeks, Swift & Co. officials fought to block
an impending immigration raid they knew was coming.
Nebraska Police Refuse To Assist ICE In Swift Raid
KETV NewsWatch 7
December 15, 2006 - There
are several ways to help families affected by Swift raids
December 15, 2006 - Lawyers
still struggling to find whereabouts of detainees
December 15, 2006 - Swift
officials complained about Basic Pilot four months ago
December 14, 2006 - Raid
hit local businesses differently
December 14, 2006 - Area
activists call for support
December 14, 2006 - Woman
worries for new husband taken in ICE raid
December 14, 2006 - Greeley
Human Relations Commission might give $2,000 for families hurt by
December 14, 2006 - Union
files complaint on behalf of workers
December 14, 2006 - Identity
theft victim describes years of financial problems
December 14, 2006 - ICE
raids pose continuing questions on illegal immigration reform
December 14, 2006 - Service
agencies field more calls to help
December 14, 2006 - Stress
still lingers in schools after ICE raids
December 14, 2006 - Coalition:
Raids violate civil rights, terrorize families
December 14, 2006 - Swift
operating but below normal levels
December 13, 2006 - They're
trying to make an honest living
December 13, 2006 - Raid
shines glaring light on illegal immigration
December 13, 2006 - We
need solutions for guest-worker jobs
10/18: Bush Signs the Detainee
Bill - Welcome to Martial Law?
BUSH SIGNS THE
MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT: CCR CALLS IT A BLOW TO DEMOCRACY AND THE
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
October 17, 2006
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) denounced President Bush's
signing into law of the Military Commissions Act (MCA) on October
17, 2006. The final version of the bill emerged only four days before
the Senate's 11th hour vote. Although President Bush declared that
"time was of the essence" when he called for the legislation,
he has waited nearly two weeks to sign it into law. Congress has
once again been cowed into doing the President's bidding and abdicated
their Constitutional powers in the process, say attorneys.
The new law strips the right
of non-citizens to seek review of their detention by a court through
the filing of a writ of habeas corpus, the venerated legal instrument
that for centuries has protected people from arbitrary detention,
disappearance and indefinite detention without charge. The Act is
also meant to erase the hundreds of habeas corpus petitions that
CCR and others have brought on behalf of many of the 450 men being
held at Guantánamo Bay, a move already once denied by the
Supreme Court. >> Read
and A: Military Commissions Act of 2006 (Human Rights Watch)
Download the Report
Report on Migrant Deaths at the US-Mexico Border
bill a step backwards (Denver Post Opinion)
Welcome to Martial Law? (Media Monitors Network)
10/17 Civil Rights Attorney
Lynne Stewart Sentenced to
28 Months In Jail; Remains Free On Bail
Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart is claiming
victory today in a case that
could have landed her in jail for the rest of her life. On Monday
was sentenced to twenty-eight months in prison. She'll remain free
while her conviction is appealed. >> Read
Democracy Now! Radio Report
9/22: Feds' raids spread fear among immigrants
(24,000 had arrested so far!)
FEDERAL AGENTS are carrying out raids and roundups
in immigrant communities across the U.S., spreading fear and sending
some migrant workers fleeing.
In three California towns--Santa Cruz, Watsonville
and Hollister--Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents
rounded up 107 people in two days in early September.
Immigration lawyers in the area have been swamped
with people trying to help relatives caught up in the sweeps, but
nearly half of those detained were deported within 24 hours, making
it difficult for them to assert even the basic right to have their
cases heard before an immigration judge.
Elsewhere, raids swept up 90 people in the Minneapolis/St.
Paul metropolitan area, 55 people in West Michigan and 34 in Colorado's
Roaring Fork Valley. Of those arrested, most came from Mexico, but
people from many other countries--including Guatemala, El Salvador,
India, Ethiopia and others--were also picked up. >>
6/14, 2006: A New Wave of Immigrant Crack
Down On the Way?
On mid-June, a wave of ICE immigrant
sweep targeting 'criminal' undocumented immigrants--the so-called
"Operation Return To Sender" had arrested over 2,100 immigrants.
While the Congress' immigration debate had been cool down for little,
a semi-covert immigrant arrests had been picking up, and the Government
want to label all "Illegal Aliens" are "criminal"
to justify their racist anti-immigrant campaigns.
US sweep nets nearly 2100 immigrants
San Diego, CA: Latest on "Operation Return to Sender"
Police/ICE Raid Against Immigrants
San Diego, CA: Immigration Sweep Brings Fear to Community
AZ GOP candidate's call for labor camp rebuked
Also, on the Congress..
Congress may yet move on immigration
Terrible immigrant voting bill (HR 4844 FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY
ACT OF 2006)
Updates on the Bil