9/3: Three Recent Nationwide Immigrant Raids and Arrests! National Immigrant Solidarity Network _http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org_Message 1 of 2 , Sep 3, 2006View Source9/3: Three Recent Nationwide Immigrant Raids and Arrests!National Immigrant Solidarity Network1) 8/29 Las Vegas NV: Raid arrest 109 immigrants in sweepLas Vegas authorities arrest 109 illegal immigrants in sweep
Associated PressAugust 29, 2006http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/aug/29/082910246.html
LAS VEGAS (AP) - In a six-day sweep called "Operation Return to Sender," federal authorities said Tuesday they had arrested 109 illegal immigrants and sent 35 out of the country.
The remaining detainees were in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement awaiting a hearing with an immigration judge, the agency said.
More than half of those arrested, or 57, had criminal records, including past convictions for robbery, assault, drug charges and sex offenses, the agency said.
"Taking immigration fugitives off of our streets and restoring integrity to our nation's immigration system is one of ICE's top priorities," said Jim Hayes, an agency field director for Los Angeles and Las Vegas, in a statement.
"Our message is - if you are ordered deported you should obey the immigration court's order. Otherwise, ICE is going to track you down and send you home."
Most of those arrested were Mexican nationals, but the detainees were also from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, the Philippines, Colombia, Belgium, Iran, Cuba and Korea.
The sweep was the second major operation by the immigration team in the Las Vegas area in the last three months.===================================================================2) 8/30 NORTH TONAWANDA, NY: Immigration agents arrest 34 at tomato farmImmigration agents arrest 34 at tomato farmAugust 30, 2006News Day (New York)http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny-brf--illegalaliens0830aug30,0,1689122.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork
NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) _ Immigration agents arrested 34 suspected illegal workers at a tomato greenhouse Wednesday in the latest in a series of workplace raids.
The workers each face criminal charges of using a fraudulent green card and false use of a Social Security number.
They were arrested around 8 a.m. at the Fortistar Hydroponic Tomato Greenhouse in this city north of Buffalo.
A call to Fortistar's corporate office was not immediately returned.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have stepped up worksite enforcement efforts. Earlier this month, 41 alleged illegal aliens were arrested after being hired to clean at the Erie County Fair.===================================================================3) 9/2 BELLINGHAM, WA: Immigration agents raid and arrest 26 immigrant workersImmigration agents raid Bellingham company, arrest 26
September 2, 2006
The Associated Press
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Federal agents raided a Bellingham company and arrested 26 Mexican nationals for investigation of illegal immigration.
The raid took place Wednesday at Northwest Health Care Linen, The Bellingham Herald reported Saturday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entered the business to question employees, said ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice. Agents arrested 26 workers at the business, 21 of whom remained in custody Friday at the federal Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
The other five were released to care for children, Kice said. All face possible deportation.
The arrests came after an audit of the company's employment records, focusing on its I-9 forms, Kice said. The forms, required for every employee of a company, document citizenship or employment status.
Jim Hall, owner of Northwest Health Care Linen, said all of his 90 workers pay taxes and completed I-9 forms.
An agent investigating his business promised to give him a list of employees with questionable documents, but instead, agents conducted the raid, Hall said.
"It was just too bad that it was handled this way," he said. "It sure leaves a lot of questions for Whatcom County with what Homeland Security is doing."
Kice declined to comment on Hall's allegation.
"We see this as a very important part to restore the integrity to our nation's immigration system," Kice said. "We need to ensure people who are coming here are who they say they are."Yesterday We Marched
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