Useful Resources

Minutemen Watch

Detention News

Legislation Watch

Asian American

NYC Immigrant

National Immigrant Solidarity Network
No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!

New York: (212)330-8172
Los Angeles: (213)403-0131
Washington D.C.: (202)595-8990

The National Immigrant Solidarity Network (ISN) is a coalition of immigrant rights, labor, human rights, religious, and student activist organizations from across the country. We work with leading immigrant rights, students and labor groups. In solidarity with their campaigns, and organize community immigrant rights education campaigns.

From legislative letter-writing campaigns to speaker bureaus and educational materials, we organize critical immigrant-worker campaigns that are moving toward justice for all immigrants!

STOP THE DEPORTATIONS |  SPECIAL REGISTRATION: Not Over Yet  |  OPPOSE THE CLEAR ACT: Write to Congress  |  SEVIS Stop the Surveillance of Innocent Students  | DREAM Act Education for All

Appeal for Donations!

Please support the Important Work of National Immigrant Solidarity Network!

Send check pay to:
The Peace Center/ActionLA
8124 West 3rd Street Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90048

(All donations are tax deductible)

Information about the National Immigrant Solidarity network
Pamphlet (PDF)

See our Flyers Page to download flyers


2006 Immigrant Detention and Deportation
News Across the Country


12/22: Tacoma, WA: Corporate-Runs Immigration Jail Capacity Grows+More Profit!
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 More

12/19: ICE makes largest repatriation flight to Africa in two years (ICE Press Release)
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 More

12/12: More Than 1,200 Arrested in Six-State Immigration Raid

How 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, 2) 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.

Interactive Map of Swift Plants Nationwide
A Day to remember-Swift ICE raid (Movie)

Many immigrant activists had critized the raid. David Bacon, the labor journalists says Tuesday’s (12/12) immigration raids on meatpacking plants weren’t 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 Des Moines.

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

The 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

12/16: ICE's Swift Plant Raids Netted Only Poor Folks Caught Up in the `War on Illegal Immigration'
By Bill Conroy - The Narcosphere

12/15: 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

12/14: Justice Deported
By David Bacon
Tuesday’s (12/14) immigration raids on meatpacking plants weren’t about curbing identity theft, they were about union-busting.

12/14: 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.

12/13 Marshalltown, IA: Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained
By LISA ROSSI, Des Moines Register
A priest's and nun’s 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.

12/13 Hyrum, UT: Federal raid puts families in limbo
By Jennifer Sanchez, Dawn House and Kristen Moulton - The Salt Lake Tribune
If only for a few minutes, Maria felt like an ''illegal alien'' in her homeland - the United States of America.

12/13: Immigration raid roils Worthington, MI
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 theft ring

By Latinos Unidos

12/13: Information for Immigrant Raids in Minnesota

12/14: 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.

12/12: UFCW Seeks To Enjoin ICE Meatpacking Raids

12/14: 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.

12/12: 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 raid

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?

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

Articles, Analysis:

Q and A: Military Commissions Act of 2006 (Human Rights Watch)

Download the Report

2006 Report on Migrant Deaths at the US-Mexico Border

10/17: Detainee bill a step backwards (Denver Post Opinion)

10/18: America, 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 (10/16), Stewart
was sentenced to twenty-eight months in prison. She'll remain free on bail
while her conviction is appealed. >> Read

Listen to 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. >> read

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.

6/14: US sweep nets nearly 2100 immigrants

6/18 San Diego, CA: Latest on "Operation Return to Sender" Police/ICE Raid Against Immigrants

6/18 San Diego, CA: Immigration Sweep Brings Fear to Community

6/23: AZ GOP candidate's call for labor camp rebuked

Also, on the Congress..

6/26: Congress may yet move on immigration

6/20: Terrible immigrant voting bill (HR 4844 FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006)
Latest Updates on the Bil