El Paso Times - 28 deported after raid on Chaparral schools
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(1)28 deported after raid on Chaparral schools
- By Louie Gilot / El Paso Times
(2)ACLU Reacts to Sweeps of Border Immigrant Communities
(3) NYTimes.com - Urban Affairs: This Summer's Surprise Hit: An Elm
28 deported after raid on Chaparral schools
- By Louie Gilot / El Paso Times
Some Chaparral residents reportedly are staying home and not sending
their children to school after a raid Monday by the Otero County
(N.M.) Sheriff's Department ended with parents and children being
deported to Mexico.
12 Bliss workers detained after immigration checks
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ACLU Reacts to Sweeps of Border Immigrant Communities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2007
CONTACT: Whitney Potter (505) 266 5915 ext. 1003, Cell (505) 507 9898
LAS CRUCES, NMâ"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico
condemned recent immigration raids by Otero and DoÃ±a Ana County
Sheriff's deputies in the border towns of Chaparral and Vado today.
The local police agencies are assisting Immigration and Customs
Enforcement officials to conduct sweeps of immigrant neighborhoods,
knocking on doors and checking identification. Authorities also are
stopping motorists and entering private businesses.
The ACLU is investigating multiple reports that sheriff's deputies
retrieved children from schools and entered homes without consent or
warrants. The ACLU has filed public records requests with both
sheriffâs departments seeking information about the collaboration with
federal immigration agencies.
âThis is irresponsible policing,â said Maria Nape, Director of the
ACLU's Border Rights office. âImmigrants in these communities may
never again trust that they can report crimes to sheriffâs deputies,
even if they are the victims. When local police become border patrol
agents, it rips a hole in the fabric of public safety that takes years
to mend. Itâs not just immigrants that are affected.â
The raids stem from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
program called âOperation Stonegardenâ which gave New Mexico roughly
$1.6 million in support of local law enforcement participation in
immigration enforcement along the border. In total, the four
Southwest border states received $12 million in grant awards.
âThese raids are symptomatic of the same reactionary policies that
have failed to address nationwide concerns about immigration for
decades,â Nape said. âDo we want to live in a country that makes life
so intolerable for hundreds of thousands of families who live and work
here that they leave? Or would we rather live in an America that
brings immigrants out of the shadows of society and enables them to be
taxpaying, contributing citizens?
The New York Times
NEW YORK REGION / NEW YORK/REGION SPECIAL | September 16, 2007
Urban Affairs: This Summer's Surprise Hit: An Elm City ID
By JEFF HOLTZ
...The card, known as the Elm City Resident Card, is aimed at helping
illegal immigrants open bank accounts and use city resources like the
library, pools and beaches.
Carlos Zuniga, 27, said he was in the country legally and was applying
for the card because he wanted to open a bank account and hoped that
it would help him get a job. âAnd if Iâm stopped by the cops, Iâll
have something to show them,â he said in Spanish through an interpreter.
Since this city of 125,000 began issuing the cards on July 24, demand
has been brisk, with over 3,200 issued as of last week.
âWe thought weâd do 5,000 cards in the first year,â Mayor John
DeStefano Jr. said. âI think weâll well exceed that.â
He said the main purpose of the cards was to make the cityâs estimated
10,000 to 15,000 illegal aliens safer. âWith the undocumented
community, street robberies and home invasions were taking place
because they donât have bank accounts and they carry large amounts of
cash,â he said.
Mr. DeStefano said Bank of America and Sovereign Bank were already
accepting the cards to open a bank account. He said he expected every
bank in the city to do the same by the end of the year...
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