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9/10 Santa Cruz, CA: 107 Locals Arrested in ICE Sweep - 44 Deported So Far

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      9/10 Santa Cruz, CA: 107 Locals Arrested in ICE Sweep - 44 Deported So Far
      [San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center] According to media reports, 107 people from Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Holister have been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in a sweep over Thursday and Friday. Of the immigrants, mostly from Mexico, but also from El Salvador, Guatemala and India, 44 have already been deported without prior access to lawyers. The rest are currently in custody (where?). Many of those arrested in "Operation Return to Sender" have lived in the United States for the majority of their lives, have homes and U.S. born children.
      The Diocese of Monterey is holding a press conference on Wednesday 9/13 at 3:30 at the Resurrection Church in Aptos.

      Tens of thousands have been arrested, and hundreds have been deported this year by I.C.E. 

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      Immigration sweep nets 107

      September 10, 2006

      Federal officials confirmed they arrested 107 people for immigration violations in Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Hollister in an organized sweep Thursday and Friday.

      Those arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were foreign nationals with final orders of deportation, criminals and other immigration violators, spokeswoman Lori Haley said. Most were Mexicans, though some were from El Salvador, Guatemala and India, she said.

      "We know who we are going to look for," Haley said. "They have been ordered to leave by a judge and they are ignoring those orders."

      Nineteen arrested in the operation, dubbed Return to Sender, have criminal convictions including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and sex offenses against minors, she said. One was turned over to local authorities because of an arrest warrant for driving without a license, she said.

      Haley said 44 of those arrested already have been sent back to their home countries. The rest are in custody and awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, where they could make a case to stay in the country, she said.

      Two lawyers specializing in immigration said Friday that their offices have been flooded with people reporting that family members had been taken from their homes into federal custody for deportation.

      Most were men who had been brought to the United States by their parents while they were children, according to lawyers Doug Keegan, with the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project in Watsonville, and Alisa Thomas of Santa Cruz.

      At least four were members of Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, according to Barbara Meister of the Community Organized for Relational Power in Action, an interfaith coalition in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

      Bishop Sylvester Ryan of the Diocese of Monterey plans a press conference about the arrests at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Resurrection Church in Aptos, according to Sheilah Lynch, diocesan director of family life.

      The San Francisco field office conducted the operation, Haley said, and there will be more in the future.

      The sweep is part of a nationwide enforcement operation, she said. During the last fiscal year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has made more than 20,000 arrests including 9,000 criminal aliens, she said.

      Contact Roger Sideman at rsideman@....


      107 arrested in immigration sweep

      Vanessa Hua
      Saturday, September 9, 2006
      San Francisco Chronicle


      U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 107 people for immigration violations Thursday and Friday in Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Hollister, officials said.

      The majority of the violators arrested in Operation Return to Sender were from Mexico, but officers also arrested people from India, El Salvador and Guatemala, said spokeswoman Lori Haley.

      Forty-four violators have already been deported, and one was turned over to local authorities because of an outside arrest warrant for driving without a license and possession of a controlled substance. The rest remain in custody, Haley said.

      The rapid deportation troubles local immigration attorneys because it deprives violators of their access to counsel and courts, said Stacy Tolchin, a San Francisco immigration attorney who is representing 20-year-old and 13-year-old U.S. citizens whose parents were taken away in the sweep.


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